Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year - Leadership Exercise 2014

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L’escadrille du PILA au terme d’une longue journée passée à manier la pagaieThe Cadets of the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity year pose for a photo along the route of their 100 km canoe trip from Smith Falls to Kingston Ontario. The Cadets were responsible for planning and leading each leg of the journey.
Photo by OCdt Kurt Touchette

By: Tim Johnston

As the accumulative exercise for the ALOY program the Eagle Quest is a big deal for the cadets. The trip was designed to test the skills we had learned throughout the year and test our cohesion as a group. It is was also our opportunity to show the staff what we can do and also have some fun along the way. I think all things considered we completed all of those things and more.

Our journey began in Smith Falls on a rainy Monday morning. The flight was lead through a museum dedicated to the International Heritage Site that is the Rideau Locks. We learned that the Locks stretch from Ottawa to Kingston. We also discovered that the Locks were constructed by Lt Colonel John By. With a base knowledge of the Rideau and an offering by our elder we set off to start our adventure.

The journey had seven legs. At each stop we had to make camp; this meant pitching tents and putting the Mod tent. At nigh the section commanders would receive their orders for the next day and distribute them to the troops. Every night you could hear a loud “ladies and gentleman orders” coming from inside the Mod tent. The trip wasn’t all serious orders and military procedure; we had a lot of free time to swim and play sports. We all took advantage of this free time.

From the whole trip from beginning to end think we all became a little closer than we were and learned that hard work pays off. All of ALOY worked hard this year and we all showed it in this final exercise. I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we have made many great friends and done a many great things at RMC this year, and whether we chose the military path or decided to go on to civilian life we will all be successful leaders.

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