Cadets meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year from 6:30-9:30pm. Training consists of three classes per night, with breaks interspersed throughout the evening. The guiding principles of the cadet program are to:

Invite all Canadian Youth.
The Cadet Program is open to all youth age 12 to 18 that are Canadian citizens or are authorized to reside in Canada. Although the program is expected to be physically and mentally challenging, there will be no artificial barriers developed which preclude participation based on gender, race, culture, religion,
education, socioeconomic status or ability. The programs will make reasonable efforts to accommodate.

Instil Canadian Military Values.
The development of the Cadet Program is guided by the best of Canadian military values and ethics. These values include respecting the dignity of all people, serving Canada before self, and obeying and supporting lawful authorities. Additionally, Cadets will gain a better appreciation of the specific values of duty, loyalty, integrity, courage, stewardship, and excellence, as expected of all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

Develop Citizenship, Leadership, and Fitness.
The Cadet and JCR Programs help participants progressively develop into adults who contribute positively to Canadian society as leaders, while instilling a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness.

Balance Safety and Challenge.
Youth and their parents will have confidence that the activities and events the Cadet and JCR Programs deliver are challenging, yet safe. They will also be confident that the adults leading the program are of unquestionably high moral character and are focused on the development of the Cadets and JCRs.

Leave a Positive Lifelong Impact.
Whether youth stay with the program for many years or for just a few weeks, it is imperative that they remember the experience positively to help guide their development as productive Canadians.

Training Activities

Mandatory Training Citizenship, Leadership, Physical Fitness, Marksmanship, Drill, Map and Compass Navigation, GPS Navigation, Canadian Forces Familiarization, Survival, Expedition
Optional Training Competitive Marksmanship, Orienteering, First Aid Training, Affiliated Unit Training, Cold Weather Training, Drill Team, Sports, Adventure Training, Abseiling, Summer Training, International Exchanges and Expeditions

Mandatory Training

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.

Red 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.

Gold 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 canoeing on the Madawaska 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.

Optional Training

The marksmanship program is an optional training activity that is offered through the Woodstock Army Cadets. Rifle team practices take place on Friday nights, and competitions are usually on weekends. Members of the rifle team have had the opportunity to travel to Ottawa, and Iqaluit, Nunavut, free of charge, in order to compete. The rifle team continues to impress; always achieving excellent standings in the zone and provincial competitions.

Sports nights are scheduled throughout the training year on Tuesday evenings. Cadets play football, basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball, soccer, and occassionally partake in tabloid sports meets.

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.