Army Cadets is a youth program for both young men and women that are between the ages of 12 and not yet 19 years old, that emphasizes the development of leadership skills, participation in local community service, greater fitness levels and an understanding of the Canadian Forces as an organization.
There is NO cost to the cadet to participate in this program. Uniforms, daytime and overnight activities as well as summer camp are provided free of charge. Plus there are no weekly dues required.
This locally based program provides the opportunity for youth from Oakville, Bronte, Burlington, and West Mississauga to participate in both challenging and exciting activities. Army Cadets is the oldest and one of the largest youth programs in Canada with a focus on outdoor adventure activities. Participation in Army Cadets will generate all of the required High School community service volunteer hours and is a great way for young people to make new friends.
The Army Cadet program is supervised by Reserve members of the Canadian Forces, specifically from the Cadet Instructor’s Cadre (CIC).
Those interested can join anytime. We encourage you to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We parade on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm, from September to the end of June. Or just simply call us for more information: (905) 901-4616
Please Note: Youth participants in the Army Cadets remain civilians throughout their involvement in the program and there is no obligation or expectation to join the military at any time.
History Of 1188
The Oakville Army Cadet Corps was formed in 1924, known as the “Oakville High School Cadet Corps”. After several changes in designation over the years, the perpetuated unit currently parades as the 1188 ‘Lorne Scots’ Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
Cadets within our unit proudly fly the white Army Cadet Banner, which contains both a Canadian Flag emblem in the top corner and the badge of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets centred in the middle with our designation, “1188”. The Latin motto contained on this badge is Acer Acerpori, which translates “As the Maple, So the Sapling”.
Oakville Army Cadets proudly wear the the Scottish Diced Glengarry headdress, displaying the cap badge of our affiliated Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Force unit, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment). The Lorne Scots is a unit steeped in much history and in 2016 celebrated 150th years defending Canada and its Allies aborad.
As members of the Lorne Scots Regimental Family, the Oakville Army Cadets have become a part of a long and proud tradition. Cadets within the 1188 Lorne Scots RCACC are expected to uphold the honour of corps of its affiliated regiment. Our cadets fulfill this honour by maintaining exemplary conduct and deportment at all times.
The Lorne Scots Regiment is affiliated with five local army cadet corps. Besides our unit in Oakville, Lorne Scots cadet units are also located in: Brampton, Milton, Georgetown and Orangeville. 1188 RCACC is referred to as the Oakville Cadet Company.
Since 1971, the Army Cadet League of Canada has also provided support to Army Cadet units across Canada. The league is a civilian non-profit organization working in partnership with the Canadian Forces to strengthen the Royal Canadian Army Cadet program, by promoting and fostering leadership, citizenship, self-reliance, physical fitness, and respect for others.