The Canadian Air Cadet Program is one of the largest youth programs in Canada with over 456 different squadrons across Canada and more than 25,000 cadets between the ages of 12 – 18 years old.
Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. There is something for everyone – no matter what their personal interests may be. The outdoor enthusiast will appreciate learning survival skills for flight crew. The athlete will appreciate physical education and recreation, including a variety of sporting activities like biathlon and Olympic-style marksmanship. The artists will find their niche in the music program.
The curious will appreciate the hands-on activities such as building model aircraft. The scholarly will appreciate an introduction to the various tools and technologies linked to aviation. The dreamers will appreciate the evolution of technology and the advancements of the aerospace era, including the importance of Canadian participation.
Select top senior cadets may even earn the chance to represent Canada on the world stage by participating in an international exchange.
Most importantly, Air Cadets aids in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy. The cadet program focuses on social development, decision-making and leadership. As cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they pass it along to younger cadets.
Every cadet will have the chance to participate in flight activities, and some top senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence. Whether earning a glider pilot licence or private pilot licence, these cadets wear their wings with a pride rarely found in today’s youth.
The Air Cadet Program also partnered with BC Ministry of Education to allow cadets to transfer there experience to credits for high school graduation.
Cadets may obtain up to twelve (12) credits towards secondary school graduation, four (4) credits at each of Grades 10, 11, and 12. Successful completion of Levels 3, 4, and 5 squadron training applies, as do successful completion of approved summer introductory specialty courses (Grade 10), or an approved six-week summer advanced specially course (Grades 11 and 12). Employment as a staff cadet may be used as an alternative to a summer training course. Additionally, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program also qualifies for two (2) credits at Grades 10, 11, and 12 by successful completion of Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, respectively. Holding a Private Pilot License also qualifies for four (4) credits.