By BBN Staff: The Belize Defense Force Youth Cadet Corps (BDFYCC) held its 11th annual training camp in Independence village, Stann Creek from August 12-19.
The aim of the BDFYCC Camp 2017 was to revise and test cadets on all the lessons covered in their syllabus over the past year of training while experiencing life in a different part of the country.
Training objectives for the cadets included military type lessons such as foot drills, map reading, field craft and basic fitness training. The cadets also had the opportunity to tour the Deer Farm in Independence, the Big Creek Port and the banana farms.
Cadets also participated in life lesson classes from various institutions such as the Ministry of Human Development, the Police Department, Fire Department, the National Drug Abuse Control Council and Solid Waste Management Authority. They also competed in many sporting activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, track and field and marathons. The camp also included a 3-day outdoor expedition by the senior members of the Cadet Corp.
The BDF Youth Cadets come from all over Belize and are members of companies that are named after national symbols such as the toucan; representing cadets from Corozal and Orange Walk Districts; the tapir for cadets from the Belize District; a Black Orchid for cadets from the Cayo District and Mahogany representing cadets from the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.
The BDFYCC is an integral part of the BDF Volunteer Battalion and is made up of cadets between the ages of 10-16 years old. The overall goal of the BDFYCC is to guide and inspire cadets both male and female to be exemplary and patriotic citizens of Belize.
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