Become an Army Cadet

The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor activities where their personal limits as individuals and team-members will be tested. The hardcore outdoor-oriented will love the challenge!

Army cadets develop abilities in the use of map and compass, GPS technology, orienteering, first-aid, camping and survival skills, canoeing, abseiling, trekking, mountain biking, etc. As they get more experienced, some will be selected for parachuting, white-water rafting and glacier climbing. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.

Army Cadets get involved in ceremonial military events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian heritage. They develop a great sense of pride and discipline through their involvement in a hierarchical system that allows them to hone their leadership skills as they grow older and they learn to care for younger cadets.

In addition to their specialty training, Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, sports competitions, music training and competitions, cultural outings, volunteer community support, etc.

Canada represents the best playground for teenagers interested in the outdoors. We are the organization of choice for teens and adults interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the planet the way it should be.

National and International Expeditions

Every year, some of our top cadets get a chance to participate in high-level expeditions around the globe. Our destinations in the past few years included Morocco, Australia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Italy, Mont-Blanc, the France/Spain Pyrenees, New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Whatever the destination, cadets will find the ultimate challenge awaiting them!

Are You Up for The Challenge?

Army Cadets participate in numerous activities throughout the cadet training year. Some of these activities fall outside the Wednesday training night, such as the occasional Tuesday evening, Saturday or over an entire weekend. On average, we conduct 4 field training exercises (FTX) per year.

During each FTX, cadets learn valuable life skills, such as Survival, Field Craft, Fire Building, Shelter Building, Map and Compass and much more. As the cadets progress through the program, they have the opportunity to go on Silver Star or Gold Star expeditions where they will put their skills to the test!

Cadets may also become involved in other exciting activities such as competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, sports competitions. Cadets can also choose to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Program.

100% FREE to Join!

Army Cadets is a youth program facilitated through the Government of Canada, Department of National Defence, to promote youth involvement within the community. The program is funded by money raised throughout the year by the cadets and the Parents Advisory Committee.

Challenge Yourself

The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor activities where their personal limits as individuals and team-members will be tested.

The two uniforms issued to cadets are supplied by the Government of Canada, Department of National Defence. All uniforms issued are on loan, and must be returned once the cadet leaves the program.

Our Parade Nights

The 1922 Royal Westminster Regiment Army Cadets parade on Wednesday nights, from 1830 Hrs. to 2100 Hrs. (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM). Our 2016 – 2017 cadet training year runs from September 7, 2016 through June 14, 2017. We are stood down over Christmas and Spring Break.