WELCOME

 

A message from our Commanding Officer.

 

I would like to welcome you and your family to the 2812 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

 

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Cadets were established over 100 years ago and celebrated their Centennial in 2012. From one Corps based at the Seaforth Armouries on Burrard Street in Vancouver, the Cadets have expanded to 6 Corps throughout the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast.

 

Each year, the 2812 Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, enroll increasing numbers of young people into the program.

 

Located in the heart of Cloverdale, our Corps is centrally located. Our goal is to deliver the best program possible. Our Corps currently stands with an enrollment of 100+, making us the largest Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp in BC. The aim of the Cadet Program is to foster, in 12 to 18 year olds, the attributes of good Citizenship, Leadership, Teamwork and Physical Fitness. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible and honourable members of their communities.

 

The Corps also allows our youth to expand their horizons in a fun, friendly and safe environment, that motivates them to give of their best and provides them with a head start in life and towards successful careers. Each Cadet is provided, free of charge, with a uniform and training. Those that join additional teams such as Marksmanship, Band, Drill or Orienteering are also supplied with the necessary equipment, instruments and Highland Dress Kits (where appropriate).

 

In 2011 we added the Duke of Edinburgh program to our list of supported activities. The DOE Bronze, Silver levels can easily be completed during their Cadet careers. The DOE Gold level (two parts) is possible if you are fortunate enough to be selected for our regional, national or international expeditions.

 

Our Cadets are motivated and encouraged to improve their physical fitness, to work harder at their academic studies and to give back to their communities. Through volunteering at events throughout the year such as parades, flag party, cenotaph honour guard during the Remembrance Day Ceremonies, Vimy Parades and other events they will connect with their Canadian heritage. Part of their commitment is scrubbing and cleaning Veterans graves at Victory Memorial Gardens in White Rock and candle light vigils held to commemorate our Canadian Veterans.

 

The Cadet Program also has a direct impact on Canadian society as a whole. There is great value in having well-rounded, community-minded, experienced young people who are ready to assume their places as tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers.

 

Our Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces, nor are they expected to join the military when they age out at 19 years old. Any opportunities they wish to pursue with the military or RCMP can only benefit from the training they receive at Cadets.

 

The program is a great way for youth to learn more about Canada, make new friends and develop life skills that will enable them to succeed no matter what career they choose.

 

Your Cadet will 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, all as part of the cadet program. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.

 

Your Cadet will develop a sense of pride and discipline through his/her involvement in a hierarchical system that allows them to practice their leadership skills as they grow older and lead the younger Cadets.

 

In addition to their specialty training, Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, first aid, drill competitions, orienteering competitions, music training, cultural outings, volunteer community support, etc.

 

As good as this program may be, it cannot run without the continued and dedicated support of the Officers who manage and run the program. The Parent Sponsor Committee works in conjunction with the program and is responsible for fundraising and organizing many of the events for our cadets. As parents of a cadet in our Corps, you are required to get involved and assist the parent committee as much as possible. Everyone involved is working hard to help you raise your Cadet through the sometimes difficult teenage years, into adulthood.

 

Again, welcome! I am sure your Cadet will thrive in the program. Canada represents the best playground for teenagers interested in the outdoors and the Seaforth Highlanders is the best place for teens interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the planet the way it should be.

 

 

Commanding Officer

2812 ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY CADET CORPS

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS OF CANADA

SURREY BC