The Royal Canadian Army Cadets is a program for youth designed to develop leadership, promote physical fitness and encourage community service.

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 more advanced expedition experiences. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.

Youth in the army cadet program 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  system that allows them to hone their leadership skills as they grow older and they learn to care for younger cadets.

Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive marksmanship and biathlon, sports, music training, cultural outings and volunteer community support activities.

Click here to learn who is eligible to become an army cadet!

How much does it cost to join?

The Army Cadet program is FREE to join. We are supported by the Government of Canada and we conduct fundraising activities to cover the costs of special activities.

We provide a uniform for FREE. All we ask is that you take good care of it and return it when you leave the program.

Army Cadets GET PAID to attend summer camp. We call it summer training, and you’ll receive what we call a “training bonus” for every week you attend.

For more senior cadets, you can be paid to work as a staff cadet at a summer training centre.

Click here to learn more about how to join the army cadets!