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You have taken the first step in challenging yourself.  Adventure, physical fitness, teamwork, and team building are some of the things that you can learn and do. If you are looking to expand your horizons and do things you never thought you would do or try, the cadet program is the place to be.  The cadet program is open to all between the age of 12 and 18. There is no cost to join cadets. We are funded by the Government of Canada and supported by the Department of Defence.

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Capt. Anita McConkey, CD
Commanding Officer


The staff tasked with training and teaching are experienced, motivated and skilled commissioned officers. Civilian instructors and volunteers add to the skill base. The safety of the cadets is first and foremost with all activities.​

Cadets have opportunities to attend summer camps at various locations in Canada. All junior cadets have the opportunity to do a Cadet Activity Programs 1 and 2 (CAP)  held locally over the summer months. More senior cadets will have the opportunity to do specialty camps running from 3 to 7 weeks that are operated out of Cadet Training Centers (CTCs). Cadets who demonstrate exceptional skill and motivation within the program have the exciting opportunity to go on foreign exchanges or even have the chance to earn their parachutist wings. All this is no cost to families.

One of the cornerstones of cadets is citizenship. 1596 is very active in and around the region of Kitchener Waterloo. Assisting with parades and memorials, and as a bonus these activities are counted toward your community involvement hours required for high school.

If your curiosity is peaked, come join us at the armoury located at 350 East Ave. next to the Aud. every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (1830-2130).

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

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