Sea Cadets Information for Parents

A CIVILIAN PROGRAM

The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a civilian program welcoming boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Our Cadets come from many different backgrounds to share a common interest.

EXCITING AND UNIQUE ACTIVITIES

Boating & sailing
Swimming, scuba diving & water sports
Music
Teamwork
Citizenship (community events, parades)
Leadership
Camping
Marksmanship & biathlon
Naval knowledge
Local, regional & national competitions

SUMMER TRAINING (CAMPS)

Sea Cadets can apply to attend a Summer Training Centre for up to eight weeks each summer. Operated by DND, these Training Centres (camps) provide cadets the opportunity to further develop the skills they learn at their home corps as well as opportunities to see different parts of Canada and meet other youth from across the country. Summer Training offered to Sea Cadets includes:

General Training (2 week Introductory Course)
Basic Seamanship (3 week courses)
Basic Drill and Ceremonial (3 week courses)
Band (3 and 6 week courses)
Sail (3 and 6 week courses)
Boatswain’s Mate (6 week course)
Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (6 week course)
Sail Instructor (6 week course)

Not only are summer camps free to attend (including meals, transportation and uniforms), but cadets may be provided a training bonus. This ensure that no youth is excluded because of financial circumstance.

HOW OFTEN DO SEA CADETS MEET?

Most corps (pronounced “core” — that’s what we call each group) meet one evening each week, from September to June. Each corp also offers at least four weekend activities throughout the year.

IS IT A MILITARY PROGRAM?

No. While the program introduces cadets to the Canadian Navy, Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces.

WHO DELIVERS THE PROGRAM?

Sea Cadets are supervised and instructed by members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, a component of the Canadian Forces Reserves which specializes in youth training and development. Navy League Volunteers, Civilian Instructors and even members of the Regular Forces also volunteer their time to work with cadets.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

There is no cost for Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps membership, uniforms or training materials. Cadets and their parents are required to participate in fundraising activities to support any facilities and services which not provided by the Government of Canada, such as extra recreational and social activities, dances or trips.

DO CADETS HAVE TO BUY UNIFORMS?

No. Cadet uniforms are provided by The Navy League of Canada. Cadets are required to maintain their uniforms and return them when they leave the program.

WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?

Senior Cadets are encouraged to apply for paid jobs as Summer Training staff. Working at a Summer Training Centre offers cadets the opportunity to mentor other cadets, build leadership skills and pass along what they have learned. It’s also loads of fun, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Senior cadets can also apply for International Exchanges and Ship Deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

In a 2003 article, Money Sense magazine listed the Canadian Cadet program as one of the top ten ways “To Build a Better Kid.” The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps helps youth flourish and realize their potential. Sea Cadets don’t just make life-long friendships and enjoy exciting experiences they can’t get anywhere else. Sea Cadets gain priceless life-skills like leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, organization and effective communication.

The Sea Cadets program prepares the youth of today to become the community leaders of tomorrow.

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