Lieut. Kathyrn Pratt receives her Canadian Forces commissioning scroll  from Lt.-Col. Richard Mudryk

Lieut. Kathyrn Pratt receives her Canadian Forces commissioning scroll from Lt.-Col. Richard Mudryk

Cadet leads survival training

Kathryn Pratt is spending her summer leading youth in basic survival.

Kathryn Pratt is spending her summer leading youth in basic survival.

Lieut. Pratt, 22, is a Reserve member in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) branch of the Canadian Forces and routinely works with the local 676 Kittyhawk air cadet squadron.

This summer she’s working at the training centre at Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre in Metchosin as a Flight Commander for the Basic Survival Course. There she will lead air cadets learning about surviving in the field, ground search and rescue techniques, and ground navigation skills.

Pratt, a University of Victoria student, has been a member of the CIC for three years and was an air cadet for six years.

On July 13 Lt.-Col. Richard Mudryk, commanding officer at Albert Head, presented Pratt with her commissioning scroll, a certificate that officially declares her an officer in the Canadian Forces.

The cadet program is designed to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society through a dynamic, community-based program. Canadian Forces Reserve Cadet Instructors Cadre Officers are responsible for cadet training, supervision and administration. The vast majority serve the Canadian Forces on a part-time basis while continuing full-time studies or pursuing a civilian career. The CIC celebrated 100 years of service to Canada in 2009.

To find out more about the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, the Cadet Instructors Cadre and Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre, visit www.cadets.ca.