May 2 2016

Army Cadets March to Remember the Battle of the Somme

2515ArmyCadetsIn commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, cadets from 2515 St. John’s Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) walked around Mundy Pond on Sunday, May 1st to fundraise for the trip of a lifetime along the famed Trail of the Caribou – the path marched by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War.

The Battle of Beaumont Hamel was a devastating and defining mark on the hearts of Newfoundlanders. On July 1st, 1916, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment had a strength of 778 men. Only 68 answered the roll call the following day. The cadets of 2515 are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, many of them the same age as the young souls who bravely volunteered in a time when their Dominion and the Commonwealth called upon them. The corps is also the only one in the City of St. John’s with an affiliation to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment – 2515 St. John’s RCACC proudly wears the Regiment’s cap badge, which depicts the Caribou monument placed in memoriam of the soldiers who gave their lives.

The cadets aim to broaden their knowledge of Newfoundland’s heritage, and to share the importance of the Newfoundland Regiment’s sacrifice while protecting our Commonwealth. “There is such pride in our heritage”, says Master Warrant Officer Samantha Burke. “Seeing how brave these men were to leave home and journey into uncharted territory, to go to war, you really have a sense of respect. We want to show that, and relive the journey they went through as we follow the Trail of the Caribou.”

The cadets have been working tirelessly since last spring to raise the required funds for such a large undertaking. With fundraisers such as silent auctions, grocery bagging, ticket sales, and bottle drives – the cadets have explored every avenue to reach their goal. If you would like to learn more about their campaign, please visit 2515stjohnsarmy.ca or send them an email at 2515stjohnsarmy@gmail.com.


May 2 2016

Keeping Quidi Vidi Clean

Our cadets were out in full force for the second year in a row helping keep St. John’s clean and beautiful. With the support of McKeil Marine, our cadets cleaned up the shoreline and walking trail along Quidi Vidi Lake on Tuesday, April 26th. The clean up was in observation of Earth Day, which was on April 21st, and was also part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup challenge. In all, 51 cadets collected 10 bags of garbage, along with 2 bags of recycling, totalling over 30 pounds! Of course, all that work builds up an appetite, and the cadets were more than happy to devour some pizza afterwards to celebrate. Great work everyone, and we’re looking forward to cleaning up another area next year to do our part for the City of St. John’s!

Want to know more about the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup? Check out their website! Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

You can find more pictures from the clean up in our Photo Gallery.


Apr 30 2016

Provincial Marksmanship Success!

Our marksmanship team represented our corps exceptionally and brought home plenty of hardware from the Provincial Marksmanship Championship April 23 and 24 at HMCS Cabot in St. John’s. Overall, the team of MWO Samantha Burke, MWO Amber King, Sgt Daniel Hewitt, Cpl Jessica Perry-Nichol and LCpl Joey Williams, coached by Lt Didham, finished third place taking home the bronze medal. There were some outstanding individual performances, especially in standing shooting, with MWO Burke finishing 1st overall and MWO King 2nd. MWO Burke has now advanced on to the National Marksmanship Championships as an individual competitor. This year’s nationals are held in Gimli, MB from May 2-7. Congratulations to all team members and good luck to MWO Burke! You can view the results from all provinces and follow along with the nationals at this link: hw7.ca


Oct 29 2015

Provincial Champs!

Our Orienteering Team put forth an outstanding performance at the 2015 Provincial Championships in Shea Heights on October 18th! On our team this year was MWO Samantha Burke, WO Clark Payne, MCpl Tyrell Wyatt, Cpl Muneeb Azher, Cpl Conor Nemec and Cpl Jessica Perry-Nichol. Once all the results came in, all cadets finished within the top 5 of their respective categories, with a number of gold medals, and overall the team brought the title of Provincial Champions back to 2515! Here’s a summary of this year’s results:

  • 4th Place Junior Female: Cpl Perry-Nichol
  • 5th Place Junior Male: Cpl Azher
  • 4th Place Junior Male: MCpl Wyatt
  • 1st Place Junior Male: Cpl Nemec
  • 1st Place Intermediate Male: WO Payne
  • 1st Place Senior Female: MWO Burke
  • 1st Place Team: MWO Burke, WO Payne and MCpl Wyatt

Congratulations everyone!


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