***NOTE: September 2023 enrollment nights will be held on 05 and 12 Sep at the Sherwood Community Centre Room 4.***
The actual enrollment paperwork is attached below. It must be printed, filled out and brought with you 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.
APPOINTMENT Preferred. E MAIL: [email protected] for details. Appointments will be MANDATORY after the 05 and 12 Sep recruiting nights are over.
Please ensure you have the following items with you when you come to register a New Recruit:
- All forms below which must be completed in full (blue or black ink)
- One parent/legal guardian
- Birth Certificate (PREFERRED) OR:
- Canadian Passport OR, valid Resident Card, OR valid identification card issued by a Canadian provincial or federal government agency (ie: Visa) proving legal Canadian residency
- Valid Ontario Health Card
- $200 Registration Fee - cash only at this time. Non-refundable once your child is entered/processed into the system.
- PROOF OF VACCINATION RECOMMENDED - at this time vaccination of cadets is not mandatory. However, if we use an outside facility (that requires such) your cadet will not be allowed to participate. This includes summer training camps. If your cadet is vaccinated, that information will be recorded in our database by the Admin Officer.
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 information. The Staff will try to help as many individuals as possible with any language difficulties.
NOTE: you may e-mail the 820 Administration Officer (Capt-Ret Peter Cranley) direct at: [email protected] for an enrollment package, or print and fill out the documents noted below:
NOTE: Be sure form CF 1158 (Application for Membership) prints out entirely and that information is not missing at the bottom of the pages. Some browsers (eg: Chrome) for some reason cut off info at the bottom. Since this is a legal size document you may have to adjust your printer settings as well.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is the purpose of cadets?
Cadets form a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged in 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:
- Precision Drill
- Aviation/Ground School
- Music and Music Training
- Field Training/Survival Exercises
- Marksmanship Training
- Team Sports
- Leadership Training
- Summer 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 Tuesday evenings between the hours of 6:30pm and 9:00pm (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, etc...) 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 register 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?
Please see above "Enrollment Checklist" for everything you will need to make sure you can fully register.
6. What does it cost to join cadets?
There is a small registration fee paid to the Squadron each year of $200 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) 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 Instructor Cadre (CIC), Officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. In some cases, Civilian Instructors (CIs) and Civilian Volunteers (CVs) who possess special skills are called in to assist cadet instructors. The cadet instructors, CIs, and CVs 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, 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: [email protected]