Next Parent Meeting: May 7th, at 6:45pm at Hugh Cairns Armoury.
328 Army Medical Cadets
328 RCACC was founded at Nutana Collegiate, but has always held most of it's parades at the Hugh Cairns Armoury on Idylwyld. It has changed affiliated units many times over the years, but has been associated with Medical since 1966. Parades on Thursday nights throughout the school year at Sgt Hugh Cairns VC Armoury on Idylwyld Drive.
Adventure training is one of the many ways that Army Cadets remains a challenging program. Through active outdoor pursuits like trekking, canoeing, and survival training, Army Cadets gain valuable life skills, knowledge of themselves and an awareness of their environment.
Army Cadets also learn about army traditions and participate in a variety of national and international expeditions that focus on adventure training, like whitewater rafting, horseback riding and canoeing.
Each year, Army Cadet Adventure Expeditions involving hundreds of cadets are conducted across Canada. Past expeditions have been held in places like Iceland, Morocco, Australia and Mexico!
Army Cadet training is divided into four star levels.
Green Star - 1st year training. The basics are taught and the youth learns what it's like to be a cadet: bushcraft, citizenship, drill, fundamental training, leadership, marksmanship, public speaking and map & compass.
Red Star - The cadet adds to their basic knowledge by advancing on the courses taught during the first year. The cadet also learns first aid.
Silver Star - The cadet has mastered the basics and takes on more responsibility. They start to concentrate on leadership skills and learn how to teach cadets everything they have learned.
Gold Star - This is the last star level. The cadet perfects their instructional abilities and moves into a leadership role at the cadet corps.
Army cadets may have the opportunity to attend a variety of courses during the summer. Courses are scheduled in July and August and vary from 2-6 weeks in duration.
Attendance at Cadet Summer Training Centers is free. The Canadian Forces provides all transportation, meals, lodging and equipment. Cadets also receive $60 a week as a training bonus for attending. For senior cadets there are also employment opportunities for those that choose to attend as staff, earning $3000 or more for 8 weeks employment!
While at Summer camps the Cadets stay in barracks with Cadets from other Corps and provinces, this barrack environment provides a great way to make new friendships.
The courses are designed to offer a unique mixture of outdoor activities and valuable instruction. They are split into three main categories,General Training, Basic Army Cadet Courses, and Army Cadet Leader Instructor Courses. Cadets participate in activities such as, physical education, ceremonial drill, map & compass, marksmanship, and adventure activities (i.e. canoeing and camping).
Many Army Cadets also participate in advanced training and international exchanges. The summer training at these levels take place in Alberta, Ontario or many other countries like England, Scotland, or Australia.