Information for Parents
The Saanich Penninsula Branch is Sponsoring committee composed of parents, grandparents, guardians and friends of Navy League and Sea Cadets who are interested in assisting with the success of the Cadet program.As a parent, your participation may be customized to your needs, and at the very least we require the participation of all parents and members for fundraising. If you have more time to offer we have numerous positions available and we are in much need of assistance.
If your child is between the ages of 9 and 11, they are invited to join the 122 Navy League of Canada Cadet Corps Admiral Martin, which meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm until 8:30pm.
From September to June, cadets participate in local training one evening per week.
Is the Navy League Cadet Corps a military program?
No. The Navy League cadet program (for children 9 to 11 years of age) uses a Naval theme as a platform to maintain physical fitness, teach naval skills and develop patriotism, a sense of duty, self-discipline and respect for others. There is no association between the Navy League Cadets and the military, and the Navy League cadet program receives no government funding from the military. Cadets in the Navy League of Canada are free to leave the program at any time should they so desire.
Funding and support for the Admiral Martin Navy League Cadet Corp, the curriculum that is taught, as well as the necessary training materials are provided solely by the Navy League of Canada through the Saanich Peninsula Branch, which is composed of parents, guardians and community support groups as well as cadet alumni and the "Friends of Cadets" throughout southern Vancouver Island.
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's cadet experience through assisting with fundraising and other support roles throughout the cadet year. If you would like more information about getting involved as a volunteer, please contact us directly.
Who can be a member?
Any child that is between 9 and 11, a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant is eligible to participate. The Navy League of Canada is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from harassment. Allowances are made to respect cultural dress, and youth with disabilities are considered on a case by case basis.
Cadet training occurs in a highly structured environment that fosters the development of self-discipline, organization, leadership and teamwork. These traits will help your child become successful in whatever profession they would like to do later in life.
What do the Navy League Cadets do?
The program is designed to offer activities that are fun, challenging, rewarding and educational. As a member of the Navy League Cadet Corps, your child will get the opportunity to learn about boating, sailing, swimming and water safety
go camping, hiking, snow-skiing
participate in parades and community events
play sports and make new friends
learn knot tying, communications and other seamanship skills
go on citizenship tours and other trips
Who looks after the cadets?
The Navy League of Canada is a volunteer organization. The program is supervised by members of your community. Each has undergone Volunteer Screening and receives training from the Navy League. Safety is always paramount, and there is a first-aid qualified adult at every activity. The Navy League of Canada requires employees, officers, cadets, parents, volunteers and all other visitors to conduct themselves in a manner which promotes and protects the best interests and well being of cadets, staff and volunteers.
What do I need to do to sign my child up?
You will need to complete the Forms to join Navy League and bring them along with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate and Provincial Health Card, to 9565 Hurricane Road, Sidney, BC (adjacent to the Victoria International Airport). We also ask that you notify us of any medical conditions your child has, and any special custody arrangements that may be in place.