Disclosure: I conducted this interview two years ago at YVR airport for our local company magazine.
When I was 12 I have enrolled into Air Cadets BCIT squadron. We have been taught how to march (you have to put your hands at the specific angle), lead the group (you have to yell really loud) and how to operate planes. They were just gliders; however, for a teenager, it was a lot of fun and excitement. We were never on our own – there was a pilot sitting in front and one more person behind us. Nevertheless, they were still giving us an amazing opportunity to hold a steering wheel. Also, we always had our boots shiny and uniform being neat and clean. There was even competition for the best uniform which I won out of 80 kids!
Moreover, I did take part in survival camps where we learned how to build shelters and make a fire from a scratch. We were eating packaged food, the one that soldiers eat. Such a food has an enormous amount of calories, but we could easily burn them.
One day our team was in the mountains shooting from the rifles and suddenly I saw a cougar coming from above the hill. I got very scared, but our supervisor said that it would not come closer to us because it was scared too.
To sum up, it was great three years and I can suggest doing this to every kid. The most important life lesson I got from this school is discipline. It built my character and helped me to stay calm in dangerous or not pleasant situations.