About the Army Cadet League

The Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Canada’s oldest youth organization, with over 20,000 cadets in some 300 communities from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, has been serving Canadian Youth since 1862, five years before confederation.

The Army Cadet Movement is supervised jointly by the Army Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence, and is sponsored locally by a variety of community organizations such as Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Army,Navy and Airforce Veterans in Canada and service clubs.

In British Columbia, the Army Cadet League of Canada, British Columbia Branch, a civilian volunteer organization, works in partnership with Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific), formerly Pacific Region Cadets, to administer to the 50 Army cadet corps throughout the province.

During the school year, cadets usually meet once a week at a local community centre or armoury to learn first aid, marching, map and compass using, camp craft, field-cooking skills, leadership, public speaking and other aspects of good citizenship. Competitive and recreational activities include team sports, target shooting, orienteering and biathlon. Those w ho wish can participate in the band program and receive instruction, particularly at summer camp.

Young men and women who are physical fit and are at least 12 but not yet 19, are eligible to join. There is no charge for army cadet training and the uniform is supplied. Army Cadets are not part of the Canadian Armed Forces and there is no obligation to join.

Each year many army cadets are selected to attend summer camps where courses of two, three and six week duration are given. Many of the cadets in BC attend the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. More qualified cadets have the opportunity to learn mountaineering in Banff by attending the Rocky Mountain National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre and parachuting at Connaught National Cadet Summer Training Centre in Ontario. Other summer opportunities include the Army Cadet Bisley Team (shooting competition in England) and a number of exchange programs with other countries that includes Maple Leaf Exchange in England, Scotland Exchange, Outward Bound in Wales, France Exchange and Federal Republic of Germany Exchange.

A major benefit from the Army Cadet experience that is valuable in adult life is the training in the art of leadership. Those who learn this art are well prepared for positions of responsibility in their future careers.

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