Sea cadet training for Mackenzie Sparrow

Published on August 1, 2014
Mackenzie Sparrow is at HMCS Acadian for three weeks of basic seamanship training.
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Cadets may be out for the summer, but many are still training at various camps across Canada.

Mackenzie Sparrow of 249 Effie M. Morrissey in Brigus is in Cornwallis, N.S. at HMCA Acadia, Canada’s largest sea cadet summer training centre.

And with a name like Sparrow, it’s no surprise he’s enjoying his time outdoors.

The 13-year-old is at a three-week basic seamanship course, where he is learning naval communications, rope work, acting as a member of a whaler crew and participate in a day sail on a sea cadet training vessel. He will take these skills back to his home corps.

The course isn’t just about learning. It also includes having fun with other cadets, going to movies, an amusement park and the local beach.

“My favourite thing about this course is making new friends and learning boat technics,” Sparrow said of the program. “Cadets taught me how to be a leader in just about any situation.”

Sparrow will attend Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts this September.