Information For Parents

Hello, and welcome to 21 Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Army Cadet Corps (21 RHFC ACC). Your child's participation in the Cadet Program, a nation-wide personal development program for young people, will enable him or her to build skills, abilities and social relationships that will have a positive effect in adult life. Among other things, cadets learn the following:

  • Teamwork
  • Organization and a sense of responsibility
  • Self-discipline
  • Leadership and supervision of a group
  • Respect for authority and for peers
  • How to accept challenges and solve problems
  • Clear oral communication
  • The importance of physical fitness

What does it cost for my child to be a cadet?

There are no registration fees or dues to join 21 Army Cadets. Upon joining, uniforms and accoutrements are provided free of charge. Cadets and parents may be required to participate in and contribute to fundraising on behalf of the Local Sponsoring Committee and League, to offset costs not covered by the Department of National Defence.

Cadets are responsible for covering:
  • haircuts, care of their uniform and boots (cleaning and shoe polish),
  • lunch or snacks during certain activities, and
  • their share of costs for special social events organized at the local level.
Cadets are expected to participate in fundraising activities.

Are there costs for parents?

The Cadet Program is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Army Cadet League of Canada. The civilian sponsor requires local community support to meet its obligations that include accommodations, training aids and equipment and program enhancements not otherwise provided. Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising as required by the League’s local sponsoring element.

Supervision and training of cadets are the responsibility of adults, namely Cadet Instructors Cadre officers. CIC officers are part-time members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are specifically trained to work with young people. They are supported by volunteers from the community who serve on the support committees and parents' committees. All adults working directly with the cadets must also submit to a police check before being allowed access to any of the cadets.

It is also important to note that cadets are not soldiers and that the Canadian Forces does not do any deliberate recruiting of cadets.

Safe environment

The Cadet Program is committed to ensuring the safety and security of every cadet and to providing a respectful environment that promotes fair and equal treatment. Harassment in any form is an unacceptable behaviour.

All cadets and adults working with the Cadet Program have the right to be treated with respect and dignity in an environment free of harassment and have the responsibility to treat others the same way.Each cadet receives training in conflict management skills, including education on their role in preventing harassment in the Cadet Program.

All cadets and adults working with cadets are required to participate annually in Positive Social Relations for Youth (PSRY) training.

How Can Parents Help?

You can do a great deal to help your son/daughter become successful at 21 RHFC RCACC. The most important thing is to show an interest in their success and training and to support them during the year. There are many other ways that you can help your daughter/son be successful.

These include:
  • Helping them organize their after-school schedule so that there will be time for Army Cadets and schoolwork
  • Reminding them to look after their uniform on a weekly basis (washing, pressing, shining, etc.)
  • Including 21 RHFC ACC activities such as weekend training into the family calendar
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  • Trying to avoid conflicts with major activities such as Annual Reviews
  • Transporting your son/daughter (and maybe their friends) to parade nights and picking them up at the end of the night
  • Encouraging them to participate in Corps teams and activities. The more they put in the Corps, the more they will get out of it.
As the parent of a cadet, we highly recommend you read our parent information manual.