September’s heatwave welcomed over 80 cadets from across Manitoba and the Northern Territories to compete in the Army Cadet Challenge, held at CFB Shilo, September 26-28. Thirteen teams represented their home corps from various Manitoba and northern Canadian communities, to compete in the team-building and training event annually held at the Shilo base. Teams are given coordinates to find locations through map and compass skills to various check points where they are set to tasks for points, such as erecting different kinds of tents, packing a toboggan, constructing a bear hang and labelling the parts of an air rifle. All felt the hot prairie summer conditions on Saturday, while trekking through the autumn landscape of training Area 9. Sunday’s wet and cold didn’t dampen the fun factor for these cadets as they spent the morning with members from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the range participating in Canadian Forces familiarization activities learning about the LAV III (Light Armoured Vehicle) and the (CASW) C16 Close Area Suppression Weapon.