3003 Battle River Army Cadets
We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Location: Building 627 and Tommy Prince Drill Hall CFB Wainwright. Our office is located in room 5a at building 627. (see map)
This NO-COST program provides youth with an increased level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness. We also teach important lessons regarding good citizenship, teamwork, physical fitness, and how to work towards personal goals?.
Registration can happen any time during the training year as long at the youth is 12 to 18 years of age. Come to any parade night to register. Please bring your child’s Alberta Health Care Card and Birth Certificate (or proof of Residency, see below) with you. (More information)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The SSC/Parent meeting is held monthly on the last Thursday of the month during regular drill practice for the cadets.
The 3003 Battle River Army Cadet Corps was formed on 1 Jan 84. They were co-sponsored by Branches 49 and 168 of the Royal Canadian Legion. They were affiliated with PPCLI (Battle School) and supported by CFB Calgary detachment Camp Wainwright.
The Cadet program is helping develop the youth of our community by promoting responsibility, citizenship, leadership, self-respect, and self-reliance. The 3003 Battle River Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is part of the Army Cadet Program which is the oldest of the three cadet programs. Our corps 3003 Battle River Army Cadets celebrated our 35th anniversary last January. The cadet program is a nationally recognized youth movement that is offered at no cost to young people aged 12-19 inclusive. This means it is a completely FREE program, there is no cost to the parents for uniforms, activities or trips. A large number of Cadets have gone on to become outstanding citizens, successful business people, pilots and even Olympic athletes. Many of us recognize names such as Myriam Bedard, Chris Hadfield and David Higgins, all former cadets. Our cadets come from a large geographical area within east central Alberta, various backgrounds, and living situations to join together. Some cadets travel up to an hour each way to attend cadet events, showing their dedication and commitment to the program.
Our corps has grown substantially in the last few years, 2 years ago we had 17 cadets on parade, and we ended last year with 32. We are pleased to say that we started off the year with 36 cadets on parade, and are continuing to grow, with cadets joining throughout the year. They can join after their 12th birthday, even if it is in the middle of the year.
The cadets are involved with a variety of activities, whether it be a fun training activity, or a community activity to help them work on their skills. We even have a range and biathlon team, both teams made it to provincials last year! The fun activities still teach the cadets life skills, they do FTX’s (Field training exercises) at least 3 times a year. The fall one focuses on bivouac, where they learn to build their own shelters as well as take in the traditional camping experiences (making fires, cooking food). The winter exercise focuses on winter, how to prepare for the elements, how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. They also do fun outside winter activities like snowshoeing. With us being an Alberta corps, and having 5 months of winter, these are valuable skills for the cadets to have. The Spring exercise focuses on Navigation, how to read a map, how to use GPS. We do a fun scavenger hunt to help the cadets practice using these skills. They have also gone on trips to both Edmonton and Calgary, where they have visited the museums to learn more about our military history and the PPCLI history. They are involved in a variety of community activities, they participate in highway cleanup, the community cleanup for Wainwright, as well as volunteer at the Steak Frys at the Wainwright Legion. The cadets participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies in both Wainwright and Edgerton, as well as they also participate in Decoration Day in Edgerton in May. Both of these activities give the cadets the opportunity and privilege to show respect and admiration to our local military and soldiers.
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor activities where their personal limits as individuals and team-members will be tested. The hardcore outdoor-oriented will love the challenge!
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 parachuting, white-water rafting and glacier climbing. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.
Army Cadets 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 hierarchical system that allows them to hone their leadership skills as they grow older and they learn to care for younger cadets.
In addition to their specialty training, Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, sports competitions, music training and competitions, cultural outings, volunteer community support, etc.
Canada represents the best playground for teenagers interested in the outdoors. We are the organization of choice for teens and adults interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the planet the way it should be.
National and International Expeditions
Every year, some of our top cadets get a chance to participate in high-level expeditions around the globe. Our destinations in the past few years included Morocco, Australia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Italy, Mont-Blanc, the France/Spain Pyrenees, New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Whatever the destination, cadets will find the ultimate challenge awaiting them!
- United States of America
and many more…