Two Army Cadets from the Highlands will be spending their summer in Canada as part of an International Exchange.
Cadet Corporal Freya Johnson (15) and Cadet Corporal Samuel Stubbs (15), of 1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Raigmore Detachment, will spend the next six weeks in Canada as part of the Army Cadet Force’s annual summer exchange programme, Exercise Oak Leaf.
Cpls Johnson and Stubbs will be training and living alongside their cadet counterparts from the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
The cadets departed from Inverness in the early hours of Friday morning to meet up with the other UK cadets who have been selected to take part in the exchange.
Although both Freya and Samuel have been given places on the Expedition Instructor Course they will not see each other until their return to the UK on 18 August. Freya will be spending her summer based in the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre near New Brunswick, while Samuel will be based at the Whitehorse Cadet Training Centre in the Yukon.
During their time in Canada, both cadets will take part in training from the RCAC training syllabus as well as adventurous training, expeditions, survival skills and some cultural excursions.
To take part in the exchange both Freya and Samuel took part in a long selection process, starting last December. The first step was a nomination by their Company Commander and the final a weekend in Wales to test their navigation, adventure training and physical abilities.
While Freya and Samuel are in Canada, almost 300 cadets from across the Highland & Islands will be travelling to Warcop in Cumbria on Saturday (13th) for the Battalion’s two-week Annual Camp.