The Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program offers a nationally recognized program to all youths aged 12 - 18. The Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program has 3 aims:
To develop in youth the attributes of Good Citizenship and Leadership;
To promote Physical Fitness; and,
To stimulate an interest in the Air Activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.
As such, Royal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities that include;
Public Speaking and Instructional Techniques;
Field Training Exercise/Camping Skills;
Physical Fitness (in both individual skills and team sports);
Air Rifle Marksmanship;
Marching Drill Team & Marching Band;
Aviation Ground School; and
Flying Gliders and Powered Aircraft.
If you’re interested in joining Air Cadets, then come to 848 Squadron on Tuesday evenings with your parent or guardian. We will be glad to talk with you about the cadet program in general and about air cadets in particular. You can also meet and chat with cadets and tour the facilities, perhaps even sit in on a class! If you decide to join, please complete the on line registration: https://registration.cadets.gc.ca/get-started.html
You will also need to bring:
1. Satisfactory Proof of Your Identity. Prospective cadets must present at least ONE of the following forms of identification. We will be making a copy of the identification for our files.
Birth Certificate (preferred)
Valid Canadian passport
Photo ID card issued by the Canadian government
BC ID card (available from BC Drivers’ Centre)
Note: we recommend that all cadets obtain a BC ID to carry on all cadet activities
2. Your BC Care Card Number 3. Court documents, if applicable
Any access restrictions imposed on a parent or other person
Any restrictions, conditions and/or obligations imposed on the applicant (cadet)
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be to join Cadets? You can join as soon as you’ve reached your 12th birthday and you can remain until the day before your 19th birthday.
NEW! When does 848 Squadron meet? We meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm – 9pm during the School Year (September – June). These meetings are called "parade nights" or "training nights".
NEW! Where does 848 Squadron parade? We parade (or meet) on Tuesday evenings at Royal Roads University (RRU) in the Grant Building. Our extra-curricular activities have different locations and meeting days/times.
My child is not sure if they want to join cadets, but I really want them to join. What do you advise? We always advise cadets to give it a try for the first year and if they do like it, to continue with the program. You can learn military precision drill, make new friends and have fun adventures both in-class and out in the wilderness. Plus, only in Air Cadets do you get an opportunity to go on Cessna familiarization and Glider familiarization flights!
What happens to Cadets in the summer? During the summer, training at 848 Royal Roads is stood-down from mid-June to August. Regional & National Cadet Training Centres offer training to cadets who are interested.