Cadet Wing (And FYOP) Looking Forward to Reunion Weekend 2017
The countdown is on!
Less than two weeks from now ALL the events associated with Reunion Weekend will be history. Legacy Dinner; breakfast with a cadet; obstacle course; badging parade; Wall of Honour ceremony; and the lining of the route for the march to the Memorial Arch will be memories. Hopefully, all good ones.
Speaking of the obstacle course although not official, as of yet – the format will be changed. There will still be 12 obstacle stations but instead of a shotgun start, there will be a ‘staggered start’ – which means that flights will commence – one at a time – likely around 15 – 20 minutes apart.
We expect official word soon; when we hear we will update this particular post right away with all the details. One of the details will be the ‘start time’ and where etc. Family & friends, in particular, check back here over the next few days and look for the updates.
We have had the opportunity over a number of years to see both the ‘shotgun start’ and the ‘staggered start’ – in our humble opinion – both have advantages and disadvantages.
The shotgun was approx. two hours in length; the staggered approx. three hours in length.
The staff and cadets in charge this year are confident that they will run a first class event. We wish them well.
The spirit around the cadet wing over the last week or so has been very positive.
A lot is going on. The second years are up to their usual high jinks to help their little brothers / sisters who are going through the rigors of First Year Orientation Period (FYOP).
For example – Some first years were ‘kidnapped’ (in good fun) by the second years. Around the same time, these same second years were heard (mostly off key) singing, Goodnight Saigon to these tired recruits. In addition, alert FYOP staff found wrappers of fast food from McDonald’s in garbage cans and wondered how it got there. Word has it that ‘extra PT’ was the price that was paid for those who had indulged.
To put things back in perspective – the first Badging Parade practice took place this past Sat which also included a number of second and third years.
During a drive around the college late Sat afternoon one could see FYOP ‘training’ for the obstacle course.
The pace will surly pickup in the coming days.
In short, the Cadet Wing is in good shape, fine spirits and looking forward to what 2017 Reunion Weekend has to offer.
More photos from FYOP – Here