Your memories of Argonaut
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For those who have been fortunate to have spent a summer or many summers at Argonaut, the memories are varied and amazing. We invite you to submit in about 250 words or less any story you would like to share. Be sure to include your name and original cadet corps and year the story takes place in if possible.
well to my knowledge in 1993 I was in E Coy Twinkie they called it then lol, in 1994 I was in CLI C-Coy and thats the year I honor guard the Queen In Halifax and what a year that was, I had to work my ass off that summer to get narrowed down to 4 Army cadets out of all of Camp Argonaut but what a ride. In 1995 I was in G Coy Rifle and we stayed in the Mod tents and I remember the big flood that summer and we all had to get down to the, well I can't remember the name of the place but it was dry..lol. In 1196 I was in PE RT all I can say about that summer is that I had a blast and with the heat and down time because of it and the great work out was awesome lol ya right, had to run or jog everywhere I went. In 1997 I was on staff with the canteen but I really wanted to be with the RP well my time at Argonaut was a blast living it up in the bubble and having to stay 3 feet from the girl that you were dancing with lol but it got that crowded it that they couldn't see everything hahahahaha
Rank was SGT C. Gaudet from 2878 Nova Scotia army cadet’s.
Thank you Chuck Gaudet
4 Nov 2010
Hello there, My Name is Douglas Jack (CDT/L.CPL) and I'm from a group of people that come every year as a UK Exchange Cadet. I found my experince at 'Argo' one of the best of my life, I made friends with so many different people with so many different backgrounds. We shared our knowledge as cadets and many of the tips I learnt as a Cadet there I teach to Cadets in the UK. One of my most vivid experinces was when I led a special group of guys from Bravo Coy. Officially we were known as 7th Patrol, no affiliation to any platoon or syndicate, we took our orders from one man, UO Matthews one of the British Exchange Officers. But everyone in the company knew us as S.O.R.U. (Special Operations Recce Unit) Why? Because we were the best from the best company. We set ahead 2 hours before the majority of the company to secure a compound then take it. 30 minutes before we were attacked by helicopters from the Cagetown Shahada (our enemy) and we had to bug out. Whilst the rest of the company was arriving we were making preparations to storm two buildings at F.O.B Blue Mountain, or just Blue Mountain to some. When I entered these buildings for the first time it was like a small horror story, but it was the simpilist of things like a coffe mug that scared me. Once we were prepared we waited, untill sunrise, then we attacked. In under two minutes both buildings were cleared and under control, Speed Aggresion Surprise. The three main elements to that attack and, now as a soon to be Patrol Commander back home, to every attack I plan.
I have to thank LT.Col Fells for giving me great hospitaility whilst I was here and LT.Col Edwards for choosing me to be part of the exchange. I must also thank the Camp Argonaut staff as electing me as the Deputy Parade Commander for final parade and I am very proud of this.
That was my big memory at Argo.
8 Sept 2010
For me, the Argonaut experience is one of countless friendships made, life skills learned and the feelings of camaraderie and kinship that the cadet movement provided us all, summer after summer. I attended several times throughout the 1980’s, from the “two weekie” initiation course through to the senior 6 weeks in ‘A Coy’ two years later, and again as a staff cadet for two summers. The process hasn’t changed all that much, which lends an air of tradition for those of us who participated to cherish and reflect upon.
I feel especially fortunate to have interacted with so many in the movement from every corner of the Maritimes; The Cape Bretoners (special shout out to the Treadwells), the famous and numerous Newfoundlanders, the PEI contingent, the French cadets of Northern New Brunswick as well as various other units from across our part of Canada. This wonderful exchange of culture and language impressed upon our young minds an appreciation and celebration of our varied and unique backgrounds.
I wasn’t the most well behaved cadet; I can recall running afoul of this or that general order, failing at times even in my duties as a cadet leader. But our instructors saw in all of us the future potential and through guidance, support and yes…discipline, helped us to overcome any challenges we faced- to ultimately become better cadets, leaders and citizens.
I'd like to dedicate this to my very first cadet commanding officer and later, Civilian Instructor Ian Purdy- an individual who expressed the very best of leadership qualities that we all aspire to.
560 Moncton RCAC Alumni5 June 2009