I would like to encourage our local citizens to make a big change in October, and slate this to be the month of “Encouraging Youth” (opposed to September, the month of the “Troubled Youth”). It seems with all the problems in September that a lot of these kids were looking for an outlet or ‘something to do’. Leaving the decision to some of them would appear to be a bad idea, as is posted in last week’s crime report.
If I may, I would like to make a suggestion to a lot of parents out there who figure their kids are going to ‘hell in a hand-basket’. Provide a creative outlet for your youth, may it be joining an organization like Cadets, karate, 4H, hockey or even the youth drop-in centre in Rimbey after school where they can be encouraged to grow in a positive environment and gain valuable life skills. As they say, “Idle hands are the Devil’s tools” and this at least appears to be the case. Hmm… I wonder if idle hands carry hand-baskets?
Unfortunately although I have little to no experience with most of the organizations listed, I do have a good relationship with all of them, and extensive experience with Air Cadets in Ponoka. Air Cadets offers youth aged 12-18 years old the opportunities they may not otherwise receive, such as gliding, survival camps, paid summer camps and flying/exchange scholarships. All of this is provided at no cost to the cadet or the parent with few expectations, one of them being the promotion of good citizenship. If some other programs out there are unsuitable to your child for whatever reason, feel free to look us up.
Encouraging youth to participate in positive and growing environment is vital to a strong and vibrant economy and community. We must remember that the youth of today is our future of tomorrow and if we wish to influence it in a positive way we must do so now, as tomorrow may be too late.
Capt. Shane Kreil
65 Squadron Commanding Officer