The foundation is the Cadet Star Training program, which has four progressive levels know as Green, Red, Silver, and Gold Star. All grade 8 students participate in the Green Star program to ensure they have received training in the basic skills required to be an effective member of the Corps. In grade 9, students may audition to be a member of the Pipes & Drums or the Wind Ensemble. Cadets interested in achieving a senior position in the Corps are encouraged to complete the Master Cadet program conducted annually during the winter term. This level of certification is the highest level of training offered nationally.
Optional programs include a variety of skills training such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, rock climbing, Scuba diving qualifications, driver education, lifesaving, and first aid training. Opportunities also exist to participate in the Quartermaster Stores and on the Public Affairs team. Cadets may tryout for our Marksmanship team and Biathlon team, which compete in area, regional, and national-level competitions.
The Cadet Music program includes one the best Cadet pipe bands in the country. Cadets may start in the piping or drumming program as early as grade 5 as part of the Middle School Arts program. There is a small fee for use of the instruments. The Wind Ensemble generally accepts members in grade 9 and up.
Both the Wind Ensemble and the Pipes & Drums use a five-level Cadet music qualification standard through which participants progress and are the basis for promotion within the music programs.
Can I achieve a high school credit for Cadet Training?
The training program at #142 Army Cadet Corps combines the elements of the national army cadet training program and the Ministry of Education course GPP30 Leadership and Peer Support. The program begins in grade 9 with the Red Star program entitled “Leadership and Discovery.” Cadets learn outdoor field skills, complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, and complete leadership modules dealing with self-discovery and building confidence.
In grade 10, the Cadets complete the Silver Star program entitled “Leadership and Challenge.” At this level, the Cadets focus on military skills and challenge themselves in team activities such as rock wall and high ropes course. Leadership modules focus on understanding others and working effectively in a team environment.
The Gold Star program entitled “Leadership in Action” completes the three-year credit in grade 11. This program teaches the Cadets how to be an effective leader and instructor through practical applications. Each Cadet creates, develops, and implements a major leadership project in a team environment. In addition, Cadets are taught how to create effective lesson plans and must deliver a classroom drill lesson.