PPCLI Royal Canadian Army Cadets

  • A cadet parachutes from an airplane. Supplied 2551 PPCLI Royal Canadian Army Cadets

The 2551 PPCLI Royal Canadian Army Cadets have a long tradition of turning ordinary teenagers into leaders and productive citizens. As the oldest youth program in Canada, the Cadets provide a wonderful opportunity for those young people who crave a challenge. The aim of Cadets is to develop good citizens and leaders, to promote physical fitness, and to get young people interested in the activities of the Canadian Forces. Army Cadets learn about first aid, orienteering, and any of a variety of outdoor activities. For those up for an extra challenge, Army Cadets can compete in marksmanship and biathlon. There is also an opportunity to learn musical skills by joining the band.

The PPCLI Cadets honor the proud tradition of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, commonly referred to as the Patricia’s. The 2551 wear the red shoulder insignia of the PPCLI, and for cadets who have proved themselves worthy, the maroon beret of the Parachutist. The Program is sponsored by the Federal Government and all Cadet activities are free, including uniforms and excursions. Anyone between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.

The Cadets provide fun activities on a weekly basis, and at the same time allows a teenager to build self-confidence, learn team-building, improve their personal physical fitness and learn valuable leadership skills that will advance them in Cadets, and for the rest of their lives. It is a wonderful place to make friends, expand your horizons, and to get a head start on life.

Some of our past excursions have been hiking, rappelling, mountain biking, and white-water rafting. Cadets have excursions across Canada and even go on exchange trips to visit cadet units in foreign countries. Cadets up for a challenge can also take additional training during holidays or during summer break. This past summer, one of our cadets attended parachute training, and was awarded his Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Wings.

The PPCLI Cadets meet on Monday nights from 6:30-9:00 p.m. during the school year, at the Jefferson Armoury (11630 109 Street, right behind the NAIT LRT stop). For more information, you can call (780) 973–4011 ext. 5680.

Catherine describes herself as a retired attorney with a disability, and a supply officer with the PPCLI cadet unit.

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