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Lochaber Sea Cadets

12 August 2014

The Sea Cadets have been in operation for over 150 years and provide young people aged 10-17 years old across the UK with skills based on a nautical theme. The Lochaber unit attracts youngsters from around the Fort William area, and currently has around 20 members. 

Darren and Cara from Foundation Scotland's Events Team met up with Lochaber Sea Cadets in December 2012 to help them to spruce up a boat, and find out what difference they make to the local community. The boys and girls took great pride in scrubbing and cleaning the boat so that it could be sold to raise vital funds for the Unit. Despite the chilly wintry weather, the young cadets all rolled up their sleeves and pulled together as a team to get the job done.

The young people talked about how they enjoyed cadets for different reasons: some liked learning naval skills and being out on the water, whilst others preferred the social aspect as they got to do activities and make new friends outside of school. The sense of pride in belonging to the Unit was amazing; one boy summed it up by saying that he would iron his Cadet uniform every week, but would not make the same effort for his school uniform! 

Like so many places, the Fort William area sadly faces a number of social issues. By giving local youngsters a sense of purpose and something to belong to, Lochaber Sea Cadets are playing a big part in alleviating these problems. Group leader Derrick Warner said “we try to give our cadets a safe and fun environment wheLochaber Sea Cadets CP1re they can learn new skills which will help them, their future employers and their communities in the future”.

The Unit has supported teams on the Caledonian Challenge for several years. Since 2009, they have been awarded grants worth £9200 by Foundation Scotland for their voluntary work at the event. Walkers can see Cadets in and around Fort William, helping to keep participants on the right path and managing the car parks with a smile on their faces.

We were delighted to welcome the Sea Cadets back along to the Caledonian Challenge in 2014. 

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