Making Our Way in the Wilderness
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
Four years ago, I joined Navy League. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. For those who are not aware of Navy League and its purpose, there are about 150 corps in Canada. On average, there are approximately 20-90 cadets in each corp. My corps in Prince Edward Island, #58 Hyndman is the only one in PEI. The population of our Island province is smaller so we only have 15 cadets. But this number can change throughout the year.
In Navy League, we take part in activities with other corps from the Maritimes. For example, we have weekend camps that involve practicing marksmanship, knot tying, learning how to sail, and going on hikes. At the end of the year, we hold the Navy League Olympics. This is our year-end highlight. The sports we participate in can change from year to year, depending on what each corps hosts.
Last year, some activities we competed in were tug of war, canoeing, egg (an uncooked egg in its shell on a teaspoon), races, volleyball and marksmanship. PEI has hosted the Olympics for the last three years but since Oromocto won last year, they will host the event this year.
In Navy League, those cadets who do well can be promoted. About two years ago, I received my last promotion. I am currently an LC, which means leading cadet but I share Coxswain duties with another LC, since we are both in our final year. In order to be promoted from new cadet, to ordinary cadet, to able cadet and then leading cadet, you must pass an exam with a mark higher then 90%. To become a leading cadet, your mark must be higher then 95%.
I am not sure what I would have done if I had chosen not to join Navy League but I am glad I did. It has been a great learning experience. I encourage all kids to get involved if they have a corps in their area:)