Members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 902 Nighthawk Squadron participated in search and rescue training during recent survival exercises earlier this month.

Cadets participate in survival exercises

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 902 Nighthawk Squadron participated in an aircrew survival exercise earlier this month.

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 902 Nighthawk Squadron participated in an aircrew survival exercise earlier this month.

The exercise, on Dec. 4 to 6, was held at Camp Boyle, a Scouts Canada facility west of Summerland. A total of 20 Cadets participated.

Cadets were given instructions on how to build shelters, start a fire, construct ground-to-air signals and other survival skills.

In addition, Eclipse Helicopters Ltd. from Penticton donated the use of an AStar 350-BA helicopter to give the cadets a briefing on helicopter use during search and rescue operations.

Each cadet was taken flying to survey the terrain and spot a signal fire.

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national program for youth aged 12 to 18.

It works to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and to stimulate interest in the aviation and aerospace industries including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

The 902 Nighthawk Squadron parades on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre, 9111 Peach Orchard Rd., Summerland.