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