Princeton air cadets trying to start up

Princeton teens interested in air cadets have to travel all the way to Penticton for meetings, but one woman is trying to change this.

Princeton teens interested in air cadets have to travel all the way to Penticton for meetings, but one woman is trying to change this.

“Air cadets is a great way to give teens aged 12 to 18 something to be interested in and something to do, other than hanging around not doing anything,” said Princeton resident Dawn Gardner, whose daughter was an air cadet.

She is holding an information session on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce boardroom basement.

Princeton will need 30 cadets to form its own society, and has around a dozen interested now.

The town used to have a society 15 years ago, but the numbers dwindled and it eneded.

“It’s cheaper than hockey or figure skating,” Gardner said. “$150 covers it all – that’s only around $10 a month.”

The society would even help families who are strapped financially, she said.

If there aren’t enough prospective cadets in Princeton, Gardner wants to get parents together to carpool the teens to Penticton for the once-a-week meetings.

One boy already makes the trip every Tuesday.

“We could have a nice colour party for Remembrance Day in Princeton if we had air cadets here,” Gardner said.

“My daughter made such good friends. She met air cadets from all over Canada and the world at camps.”