What if you were told that there was a dynamic, structured youth program that offered Canadian youth a variety of interesting and challenging activities?
What if you were told that this same program developed in youth an increased level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness?
Cadets are motivated to improve their physical fitness, to work harder at their academic studies and to give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents.
Don’t worry, no experience is necessary. We want you to feel what it’s like to be part of something this big.
Regular Training Nights
We “parade” (train) most Tuesday nights at 18:30 hours (6:30 pm) at Moss Park Armoury. See the location information below.
On regular Tuesday night training, you will develop abilities in leadership, citizenship, rank structure and the military system, fieldcraft and bushcraft, the use of maps and compasses, GPS technology, orienteering, first-aid, camping and survival skills, and possibly canoeing, abseiling, trekking, mountain biking, etc.
Staff & Instructors
All adult staff and instructors are trained and screened by the military to work with youth, and maintain a high-level of professionalism. Other support staff and sponsoring committee members are screened by the Army Cadet League of Canada. Senior cadets are also trained to instruct and lead activities, under adult staff supervision.
The Cadet Program
The Army Cadet Program is a national, community-based program that is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the Army Cadet League of Canada.
The Cadet Program also has a direct impact on Canadian society as a whole. There is definite value in having well-rounded, community-minded, experienced young people who are ready to assume their places as tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers.
The mission of the Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic community-based program
The Aim of the Cadet Program is develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air actives of the Canadian Forces.
Citizenship – The development of responsible and caring citizens is one of the most important aspects of the Cadet Program. Through the year, cadets participate in citizenship actives in cities and towns across Canada.
Leadership – The Cadet Program encourages youth to be fair and ethical leaders. Cadets learn to take responsibility for their actions and motivates their peers to follow their example.
Physical Fitness – Cadets develop an understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Participation in fitness activities results in a positive attitude that enables cadets to take on new challenges.
Stimulate Interest in the Canadian Forces – Exposure to the sea, land and air actives of the Canadian Forces is a unique part of the Cadet Program identity, distinguishing it from other youth development programs.
How to Join
Think you’d like to join us? Contact us by e-mail to arrange an appointment at the Armory. Bring a friend.
Who can join
You must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 12 years old
- Legally reside in Canada
- Have parental permission to join
- Be medically, physically, and mentally able to participate in cadet training
Cost to Join and Uniforms
The best part is – there is NO COST to join us! All of your experiences, and your uniform, are provided to you FREE OF CHARGE! Both your ceremonial uniform, and your field uniform, will be measured and provided specifically for you.
Cadets do fundraising activities during the year in order to subsidize our free program, but we are federally-funded, so there is absolutely no cost to you to join!
There are no costs to join and stay in the cadet program, including all mandatory activities, summer courses, and expeditions. There may be costs to attend some recreational activities. Other secondary costs may be necessary for uniform maintenance (such as boot polish kits), snacks from the unit canteen, and other items such as a nametag or non-uniform clothing.