Army Cadet Expedition

Since 2000, the Army Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence have sent Army Cadets on International Expeditions to Morocco, Australia, South Korea, Costa Rica, the United States, Mont Blanc, Italy, Spain and France. Army Cadets have had the opportunity to explore the Canadian landscape too through National Expeditions from coast to coast to coast.

Army Cadet Expedition is the premier Army Cadet activity challenging the best Army Cadets in Canada to the push their mental and physical limits. It is the culmination of at least four years of training for the cadets requiring a high level of fitness and maturity. This travel experience provides cadets the opportunity to put into practice self-reliance, leadership, and the spirit of adventure, as well as a sense of being Canadian!

Expedition activities challenge cadets to develop skills in field training, navigation, trekking, wilderness survival and leadership. Participation in expedition activities is mandatory at the local and zone levels. Senior cadets may also decide to take part in more advanced regional, national and international expeditions depending on their personal interest, skill level and desire to challenge themselves.

Skills include:

  • canoeing and kayaking
  • caving
  • climbing and mountaineering
  • cross-country skiing
  • hiking and backpacking
  • mountain biking
  • orienteering
  • rafting
  • ropes and challenge course

 

 

 


 

The Expedition Program is comprised of:

  • one weekend of adventure training activity for Green and Red Star cadets at the local level
  • one weekend of adventure training activity for Silver and Gold Star cadets at the Zone level
  • Regional Expeditions
  • Summer Training Expedition activities
  • National Expeditions (Domestic and International)

 


 

Regional Expeditions

The expedition will be between 4 and10 days long and will exceed the level of challenge available at the Zone Level.

Cadets must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum Gold Star qualified
  • minimum 15 years of age
  • participation in Zone level activities
  • minimum Army Cadet Fitness Test silver level qualified
  • medically fit with no medical restrictions

 


 

National Expeditions (Domestic and International)

Domestic and International Expeditions are conducted to develop and retain senior army cadets and to enhance their ability to assist in delivering the expedition program.

Cadets must meet the following criteria:

  • National Star Certification Exam qualified
  • minimum 16 years of age prior to the expedition
  • participation in Zone level activities
  • minimum Army Cadet Fitness Test gold level qualified
  • medically fit with no medical restrictions

Staff must meet the following criteria:

  • previous experience in adventure-based activities and/or expeditions
  • medically fit with no medical restrictions
  • requisite fitness level
  • possess at a minimum a valid Saint John Ambulance standard first aid qualification with Level A CPR
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