Cadets meet on Monday evenings
throughout the school year from 6:30-9:30pm. Training consists of three
classes per night, with breaks for socializing interspersed throughout
the evening. Cadets will learn the structure of the Canadian Forces, details
about effective leadership, and how to become a responsible and caring
Canadian citizen. Wednesday evening training is an important step towards
building a knowledgeable, well-trained, and cohesive army cadet corps.
||Citizenship, Leadership, Physical Fitness, Marksmanship, Drill,
Map and Compass Navigation, GPS Navigation, Canadian Forces Familiarization,
||Competitive Marksmanship, Orienteering, First Aid Training,
Affiliated Unit Training, Cold Weather Training, Drill Team, Sports,
Adventure Training, Abseiling, Summer Training, International Exchanges
As a cadet advances through their training career, they will progress
through several star levels. Green star is the first
star level and serves as an introduction to the mandatory training that
will be conducted at the corps. It is designed to give the cadet
basic skills and knowledge such as drill, basic discipline, fundamental
training, and so on.
Star is designed to reinforce and expand upon the Green Star program.
Training continues in drill, fundamentals, bushcraft, map and compass,
marksmanship, public speaking, leadership, citizenship and physical fitness.
As a Red Star qualified cadet, you are the model for new cadets and are
fully capable of demonstrating skills to recruits and Green Star cadets.
Silver Star is basic training for new leaders and instructors. Cadets
who complete Silver Star will have the knowledge, skill and experience
to take on new responsibilities as a leader of a small team. A Silver
Star qualified cadet will have mastered almost all of the mandatory skill
training of the Army Cadet Program. The Silver Star cadets will also attend
an expedition weekend in the spring where they will participate in a team
training activity, consisting of mountain biking, hiking, map and compass
navigation, basic expedition skills and canoeing.
Star training expands on all previous training, and contains a significant
amout of theoretical study and learning. Most of their training involves
planning and conducting activities. Gold Star cadets are expected to lead
and instruct cadets from senior positions within the corps. The Gold Stars
attend an expedition training weekend in the fall, where they will expand
upon the knowledge learned during the silver expedition weekend. Once
a cadet has successfully completed gold expedition training, they are
eligible to apply for the regional expeditions, including white water
rafting on the Petawawa River, Sea Kayaking on Georgian Bay or Dog Sledding
in Northern Ontario (to name a few). A regional expedition is required
to apply for the domestic and international expeditions. Check out the
following website for an overview of the expedition program: Army
Cadet Expedition Program.
Throughout the training year, three mandatory field training exercises
are scheduled. Cadets are given the chance to learn and practice bushcraft,
map and compass, adventure training and physical fitness skills. Cadets
will learn how to build improvised shelters, light stoves and lanterns,
use proper radio procedures, and navigate their way through the field
using only a map and compass. These activities are just the beginning
of what can be gained from our weekend training.
Sports nights are scheduled throughout the training year on Monday evenings.
Cadets play fun, interactive games of football, basketball, dodgeball,
soccer, and occassionally partake in tabloid sports meets.
In October 2006 Central Region created the Regional Orienteering Competition,
open to all cadets in Ontario. Orienteering is a running sport involving
navigation with a map and compass. The first year of competition, 2833s
male team placed second in Western Ontario Area, allowing them to advance
to the Regional Competition. In 2007, a new team competed and again
qualified for Regionals, this time with a 4th place finish.
The corps also offers Standard
First Aid Training with CPR through St. John Ambulance.
This course is at no charge to the cadet and is offered every few years.
Finally, the army cadets
give a great deal back to the community as part of the cadet citizenship
program. Cadets assist the legion with activities such as the Victoria
Cross Tattoo, Church Parade, Armistice dinners, Poppy Campaign, and
Remembrance Day Parades, to name a few. We also assist the City of Woodstock
during the Dairy Capital Run each year.