Caithness cadets build on teamwork

September 6, 2017

Army Cadets from Caithness recently took part in an outward bound course building on teamworking skills. 

Thirteen members of Caithness Company, 1st Battalion the Highlanders, took part in the five-day course at the Outward Bound Centre at Loch Eil near Fort William.

The aim of the courses is to inspire and motivate young people in the natural environment, away from distractions. Participants learn the balance between risk, reward and responsibility and leave the courses with transferable life skills. The cadets enjoyed various exercises and activities, including gorge walking, rock climbing, canoeing and an overnight expedition.

The final day saw the cadets take on raft building, with each of them spilt into two teams led by an adult from the company – Sergeant Instructors Natalie Sutherland-West (18), from Castletown Detachment, and Jordan Tillier (25), from Wick Detachment. After they were built the cadets put them into the loch for a race, which was won by SI Sutherland-West’s team.

Eleven cadets took part in the course: CSgt Lani Jones (17), LCpl Kieran Sutherland-West (15), LCpl Keoni Jones (13) from Castletown Detachment, LCpl Hugh MacKay (17) from Farr Detachment, Cpl Dylan Gunn (16), Cdt Nicole Gun (14), Cdt Sophie Gunn (13), Cdt Ethan Clarke (17), Cdt Rohan Bradley (12), Cdt Demi Steedman (14) from Thurso Detachment and LCpl Hayden Wadsworth (14) from Wick Detachment.

With the rafts built, it was time to test them.