The actual enrollment paperwork will be given to you in person when you come to register. Please note: you may not register over the phone or via email. It must be done IN PERSON WITH A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN PRESENT.
Please ensure you have the following items when you come to register a New Recruit:
- Pen (blue or black)
- One parent/legal guardian
- Name, phone number(s), address of both parents/guardians
- Name, phone number(s), address of an emergency contact person (someone who does NOT live at your house)
- Name, phone number, address for your family doctor
- Birth Certificate
- Canadian Passport OR, valid Resident Card OR, valid identification card issued by a Canadian provincial or federal government agency (ie. Visa)
- Health Card
- $160 Registration Fee - cash or cheque made out to "SSC of 820 Chris Hadfield Squadron"
- $60 Lottery Deposit - cash or cheque made out to "SSC of 820 Chris Hadfield Squadron"
In the enrollment package, you will be asked about your medical history so be sure to bring notes if required. This includes any medication taken for any conditions.
If English is not your first language and are unsure that you will be able to understand, please bring someone with you that will be able to help you go through the paperwork. The Staff will try to help as many individuals as possible with any language difficulties.
COMMON Q & A
1) What is the purpose of cadets?
Cadets form a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces.
2) What do cadets do?
Our Squadron in particular does a variety of different things. Here are some examples:
-field training/survival exercises
-music and music training
You will participate in these activities during the weekly training nights, weekends and in the summer. You will also be asked to support your community by taking part in citizenship events organized by our Squadron. It all happens in a fun, friendly, safe environment that will motivate you to give your best.
3) When and how often do you meet?
Our actual training nights are on Monday evenings between the hours of 6pm and 10pm (except for Holidays).
The Mandatory portion of the Cadet Training Program requires a cadet to attend every training night as well as a few activities to be held on a few weekends throughout the year.
Aside from Mandatory training, cadets may wish to participate in other activities (ie., band, drill team, sports, citizenship & community service) that will occur on other evenings/weekends throughout the year. As long as the cadet is responsible and attends his/her Mandatory training, he/she can participate in as many other activities as he/she would like.
4) How old do I have to be to join?
Any child who is 12 years old as of the date they first join and not older than 19 years old may join the Squadron. All cadets must "retire" from the Program on/by their 19th birthday.
5) What do I need to join?
Bring the following pieces of identification on the applicant (new recruit):
a birth certificate; AND
a valid Canadian passport; OR
a valid resident card; OR
a valid identification card issued by a Canadian provincial or federal government agency.
You also need to bring
Health Card of potential cadet
Name, number and address of two parents/ guardians
Name, number and address of doctor
Name, number and address of emergency contact (can't be living with you)
6) What does it cost to join cadets?
There is a small registration fee paid to the squadron each year of $160 per cadet. All other training, the uniform and required activities are covered by the Squadron. Your child will be asked to participate in fundraising activities (tagging, lottery ticket sales, etc) to help cover the Squadron's training costs.
Any activities that are not financially covered by the Squadron, either whole or in part, will be optional and the cost will be advised well in advance (ie. March Break trip).
7) Who instructs cadets?
Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. In some cases, civilian instructors and civilian volunteers who possess special skills are called in to assist Cadet Instructors. Both the Cadet Instructors and civilian instructors and volunteers have chosen to dedicate their valuable time to helping Cadets reach their potential.
8) Will I be expected to join the Canadian Armed Forces?
Absolutely not! Although many cadets have joined the Forces after their time in the Cadet Program (ie. Col Chris Hadfield), there is no requirement for you to continue on to the Regular Forces. During your time with cadets, during your time as a cadet you will be exposed to aspects of the Canadian Armed Forces which may spark your interest but more importantly, you will make new friends, develop new skills and grow to be a contributing member of society.
9) Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please feel free to email us at: