How can parents help?
You can do a great deal to help your cadet become successful in the Navy League Cadet Program. 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 cadet be successful:
- Help them organize their after-school schedule so that there will be time for Navy League Cadets and schoolwork
- Reminding them to look after their uniform on a weekly basis (washing, pressing, shining, etc.)
- Including Navy League Cadet activities such as weekend training into the family calendar
- Trying to avoid conflicts with major activities such as Annual Reviews
Is the Navy League Cadet Corps a military program?
No. The Navy League cadet program (for children 9 to 12 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 NLCC Admiral Stirling 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 Kelowna Branch, which is composed of parents, guardians and community support groups as well as cadet alumni and the “Friends of Cadets” throughout the Central Okanagan.
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 12, 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.
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
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.
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 bring a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and Provincial Health Card, to Brigadier Angle Armoury at 720 Lawrence Avenue and complete some paperwork. We also ask that you notify us of any medical conditions your child has, and any special custody arrangements that may be in place.