Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to join cadets?

Absolutely nothing!  The cadet program is free to join and provides all uniforms, clothing, etc required. The trips, camping, activities are also at no charge.  Cadets do carry out minimal fundraising in the form of Tag days.

Why should I join cadets?

Cadets offer you challenges, friendship and adventure! It's an opportunity to expand your own horizons, contribute to your community and make friends for life. Many former Cadets credit their participation in the program with giving them a head-start toward their successful careers. Did you know that astronaut Chris Hadfield, Olympic biathlon gold medallist Myriam Bédard and actor Jim Carrey were all Cadets in their teens?

How often do they meet?

Corps 88 cadets meet two times per week.  Monday evenings are focused on physical activities and team practices while Wednesday evenings generally involve classes, drill and more formal activities.  Some weekends are involved for field camping exercises and community activities.

My child has a physical disability. Can he or she still join?

Corps 88 believes that every child should have the opportunity to participate in the program.  We make every effort to accomodate the needs of each cadet and we welcome all who are interested in joining.  Feel free to stop by any cadet evening (Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm) to speak with the Commanding Officer.

How old do you have to be to join?

Cadets is offered to youth ages 12-18 years of age.

I've heard about summer camps. What are those?

For those interested, Cadets have summer camps located across Canada. Cadets can go to camp for two to eight weeks on a variety of courses. Each camp offers a unique mixture of outdoor activities and valuable instruction. Attendance at Cadet Summer Camps is free. The Canadian Forces provide all transportation, meals, lodging and special equipment. Every Cadet attending summer camp receives a training allowance; Cadets in staff positions at camp receive a salary.

Are there travel opportunites for me?

Definitely! For summer training, Cadets travel to one of 28 Summer Camps located in different parts of Canada. In addition, selected Cadets go on exchange trips to countries such as England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Wales and Italy under an international exchange program. There are also a number of regional, national and international expeditions  around the globe.  Exchange and Expedition Cadets are selected on their high standards in performance, fitness and involvement in Cadet activities.  Corps 88 also arranges a reward trip every year to top cadets.  These trips have been to parts of Ontario and many states across the US.

Will I be expected to join the military after?

No. Cadets make absolutely no commitments regarding future military service, and are free to leave at any time. However, those who decide to join the Forces later on start out with the advantage of having learned valuable skills through Cadets

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