Service to Cadets a blessing for Chaplain

Published on LEUT Jane Reptik (author and photographer)

Location(s): TS Koopa Australian Navy Cadets

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets

Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander David Marsden, left, presents the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal to Chaplain Colin Baxter at Training Ship Koopa in Sandstone Point, Queensland. (photo: LEUT Jane Reptik)
Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander David Marsden, left, presents the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal to Chaplain Colin Baxter at Training Ship Koopa in Sandstone Point, Queensland.

A Chaplain has been awarded the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal for 15 years’ service to the Navy Cadets.

Director Australian Navy Cadets, Commander David Marsden presented the medal to Chaplain Colin Baxter during a small ceremony at Training Ship Koopa in Sandstone Point, Queensland.

Chaplain Baxter said he was blessed to serve the Cadets.

“During the years as a Navy Chaplain I have had the pleasure of offering counsel to a countless number of sailors and cadets,” he said.

“I have been able to assist the cadets on the Sunshine Coast and at Training Ship Koopa during their times of need and was fortunate to attend their camps and parades to provide support.

“I look back with gratitude.” 

Commander Marsden said the role of the Navy Chaplain had evolved to meet the pastoral needs of modern society and young people.

“Chaplains are now skilled as mental health providers who can support youth through mental health awareness, mental health first aid, mindfulness and pastoral counselling as well as traditional offerings,” he said. 

Commander Marsden also described Cadets as an important national youth program that benefited local communities, the country and the Royal Australian Navy.

“Cadets reflects Navy's values of honour, honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty”.

The Australian Navy Cadets is a leading provider of youth development experiences, sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy and aims to build teamwork and leadership skills in young people through exciting and rewarding adventures, maritime activities and quality learning opportunities.

Adventure and fun are the key ingredients for all camping, water sport and team challenge activities.

Cadets are taught Navy fundamentals including drill, seamanship, sailing, first aid and navigation as well as information technology, communications and cooking.