State Minister attends NCC annual Herman Loos camp
[October 23 2018]
Hermann Loos Trophy Camp of the
National Cadet Corps (NCC) was
held at the NCC Training Camp in
Rantambe, today (23 October).
State Minister of Defence Hon.
Ruwan Wijewardene graced the
occasion as the chief guest.
The chief guest was received by the Director of the
NCC, Major General MMS Perera upon his arrival at the
venue. A Guard of Honour was also accorded to the State Minister by the
The 101st annual camp of the NCC was attended by 55
Cadet Platoons and 2 Bands from school around the country. A total 575
Cadets and 68 foreign Cadet attended the camp this year.
Speaking at the occasion State Minister Wijewardene
said that, the contribution of the NCC in turning out citizens full of
good values, discipline and courage to face difficult situations over
the course of a century is undeniable and we owe our gratitude to it in
this regard. Many War Heroes who immensely contributed towards the
elimination of terrorism which had plagued the nation for three decades
had been Cadets during their school days while there are many other who
are prominent in other fields. He reminded those present that the
President was also Cadet during his younger days.
He stressed the importance to encourage the children
to involve in extracurricular activities and said that the exam based
education alone is not sufficient to take the country in the path of
About 125,000 children obtain Cadet training annually
and on a concept initiated by me a provincial level Assessment Camp for
Junior Cadets was introduced under the guidance of the State Ministry of
Defence, he revealed.
He said that both the President and the Prime Minister
have paid special attention to develop the Cadet movement and their
constant guidance and support is always forthcoming in this regard.
The State Minister also appreciated the participation
of Cadets and Offices from regional countries at this Camp and said that
this helps to enhance friendship and cooperation between countries.
Before winding up his speech State Minister Wijewardene requested the
young Cadets to show more enthusiasm in Cadetting like they would for
other subjects in order to successfully face future challenges.
The Hermann Loos Championship Trophy was won by the
Army Platoon of St. Sylvester's College, Kandy which also won the third
place (Navy Platoon). De Mazenod College, Kandana won the second place.
Soon after the end of the day’s proceedings the State
Minister visited the Training Camp premises to declare open a new Cadet
Mess building and a water treatment facility.
Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence, Mr. Sunil
Samarweera, senior Ministry officials, school principals, teachers and
parents of Cadets were also present to witness the colourful ceremony
held this morning.