The Cadet Program
develops in youth attributes of leadership, good citizenship,
and physical fitness, while stimulating interest in the Sea,
Army and Air Element of the Canadian Forces.
Cadets is a federally-sponsored
program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested
in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities,
and learning more about the Canadian Forces.
Cadets are encouraged
to become active, responsible members of their communities.
They learn valuable life and work skills like teamwork, leadership,
and citizenship. Cadets also reap the personal benefits of increased
self-confidence and physical fitness, learning how to take initiative,
and how to make decisions. Cadets make valuable contributions
to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental,
citizenship and community activities.
What does it cost
to join? There are no registration fees, dues or cost for the
uniforms or for the basic Cadet Program. Cadets and parents
are encouraged to participate in fundraising.
Cadets are not part
of the Canadian Forces, nor is there any expectation for them
to join the military.
Cadets choose to
belong to one of the three elemental programs:
Royal Canadian Sea
Cadets (commonly known as Sea Cadets)
Royal Canadian Army Cadets (commonly known as Army Cadets)
Royal Canadian Air Cadets (commonly known as Air Cadets)
The Army Cadet program is the oldest of Sea, Army and Air Cadets.
Adventure training is one of the many ways that Army Cadets
remains a challenging program. Through active outdoor pursuits
like trekking, canoeing, rock climbing and survival training,
Army Cadets gain valuable life skills, knowledge of themselves
and an awareness of their environment. Army Cadets also learn
about army traditions and participate in a variety of national
and international expeditions that focus on adventure training,
like white water rafting, horseback riding and canoeing. Each
year, Army Cadet Adventure Expeditions involving hundreds of
cadets are conducted across Canada. Past expeditions have been
held in places like Iceland, Morocco, Australia and Mexico.
Army Cadet training is divided into four star levels. Upon completion
of the four levels, Army Cadets take part in the National Star
Certification Exam (NSCE) which tests their practical and theoretical
knowledge, as well as their ability to be good instructors.
Green Star - 1st year training. The basics are taught
and the youth learns what it's like to be a cadet: bushcraft,
citizenship, drill, fundamental training, leadership, marksmanship,
public speaking and map & compass
Red Star - The cadet adds to his basic knowledge by continuing
the courses of Green Star. The cadet also learns first-aid.
Silver Star - The cadet has mastered the basics and takes
on more responsibility. He starts to concentrate on his leadership
skills and learns how to teach cadets everything he has learned.
Gold Star - This is the last star level. The cadet perfects
his instructional abilities and moves into a leadership role
at the cadet corps.
Summer Training - There are a total of 24 cadet summer
training centres (CSTC) located across Canada. Approximately
21,000 course cadets receive training and 2,500 staff cadets
are employed each summer in the 24 CSTCs and abroad on cultural
and training exchanges. More information on Cadets is available
Our training nights
are Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 261 in Tecumseh. A copy of our training schedule will
be distributed to each cadet and may be updated to keep you
informed of our activities.
In order to provide
an effective and interesting training program we ask the following:
A minimum attendance of 75 % of training classes is required
to successfully complete each Star Level, one per year. If a
Cadet must be absent for any reason, they should call in to
report their absence. Cadets do not parade on the Tuesday following
a weekend camp;
A military-style uniform is issued to each Cadet at no charge
and is required to be worn on each training night. Cadets are
responsible for maintaining this uniform and reporting any losses
that may occur. A field uniform, combats, will also be issued
and will be worn on weekend training exercises. Cadets who quit
are responsible for returning all issued uniforms and equipment.
Cadets may be held financially responsible for replacing losses;
Throughout the year Cadets are required to assist the Corps
in raising funds to support extra activities and projects. This
includes our year end trip and the purchase of combats which
are not supplied by the Department of National Defence;
- From time to time we will require you as Parents to volunteer
to provide services that are not available. This may include
driving Cadets to special activities or helping organise and
or run events for the Corps. If you are interested in participating
in our Parents Committee please contact the Corps;
Regular Tuesday nights along with schedule weekends. We are
beginning Special Training Nights that will see us out of the
Legion and doing fun activities from bowling to swimming and
any other activities that are inexpensive, easy to get to and
can be done on a Tuesday evening. Cadets may be asked to pay
for the cost of these activities. These events will be scheduled;
Staff - Our
staff currently consists of Officers and Civilian
you as Parents ever have a question, issue or concern and you
wish to discuss with myself or a member of the Staff, you can
call 519-735-3575 or drop by on a Training Nights.
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