Timaru cadets got to mix with other cadets from New Zealand, Australia and Canada as well as the best in the military world at the recent cadet 150 celebrations.
Members from the Timaru Air Training Corps (ATC) and Cadet Corps Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), along with their squad leaders, participated in the week-long exercise held at Waiouru military camp.
During the exercise, they enjoyed activities including flying, tramping, sailing and shooting.
SSGT Robert Sutcliffe, 17, said he was busy all the time taking part in the water elective.
His favourite activity was riding the navy ridge inflatable boats around Lake Moawhango.
There also was a parade at the end of the event involving 1200 cadets, the largest parade of cadets in more than 60 years.
Robert said it was amazing to be inspected by such high people including Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and chief of defence force Lieutenant General Richard Rhys Jones.
Flight Sergeant Brendan Wynen, 16, said it was a great experience as he had never been involved in a parade as big as the one at Waiouru.
Brendan had chosen the land elective where the stand out activity was doing the Tongariro crossing, which according to him wasn't too hard but still a challenge. His favourite aspect of the trip was making friends with other cadets from across New Zealand as well as those who came over from Australia and Canada. The most challenging part was all the running.
Both boys are in their final year at school and hope to progress on to the next step in the forces.
■ Anyone interested in checking out the ATC or Cadet Corps can go along to their first parade nights held at the Timaru Christian School.
■ CCANZ: Wednesday, February 12, from 6.30pm to 9pm.
■ ATC: Thursday, February 13, from 7pm to 9pm.
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