Information for Parents


Cadets with poppies

The Navy League of Canada has operated youth programmes since 1917. Our Navy League Cadet programme (for youth 9-12) was first started in 1948. There are presently more than 3500 Navy League Cadets in 106 communities across Canada. See: About the Navy League of Canada

Is this a military program? No. Our cadet program uses a Naval theme as a platform to develop patriotism, good citizenship, a sense of duty, self-discipline and respect for others. There is no association between Navy League Cadets and the military and the Navy League Cadet Program receives no government funding. Funding is provided through the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and the generous support of each community.


Who can be a member? Any child that is between 9 and 12, and a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant, is eligible to participate. The Navy League of Canada is committed to providing a learning and working environment for all persons that is free from harassment. The Navy League of Canada requires employees, officers, cadets, parents, volunteers and all other visitors to conduct themselves in a manner, which promotes and protects the best interests and well being of cadets, staff and volunteers. Allowances are made to respect cultural dress, and youth with disabilities are considered on a case by case basis.

Cadets in powerboat

What do Navy League Cadets do? The Navy League Cadet programme is designed to offer activities that are both fun and educational. As a Navy League Cadet, your child will get the opportunity to:

  • learn about boating and water safety
  • go camping
  • participate in parades and community events
  • play sports
  • learn knot tying, communications and other seamanship skills
  • go on citizenship tours and other trips

Some corps even offer a music program!


Cadet training occurs in a highly structured environment that fosters the development of self-discipline, organization, leadership and teamwork. These traits will help your child become successful in whatever they would like to do later in life. This is part of the reason why Money Sense magazine declared “Even if your child doesn't strike you as the military sort, it pays to check out the sea, army and air cadet programs.” in its 2003 article "How to Build a Better Kid".


OfficerWho looks after the cadets? The Navy League of Canada is a volunteer organization. The programme is supervised by members of your community. Each has undergone Volunteer Screening and receives training from the Navy League. Safety is always paramount, and there is a first-aid qualified adult at every activity.



How much does the program cost? Although some corps charge a small administration fee, most corps are free. To make this possible, cadets are expected to participate in fundraising activities. Participating in fundraising develops responsibility, community spirit, and work ethic in the cadets.


What do I need to sign my child up? You will need to complete an Application for Membership, and bring it with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate and Provincial Health Card to your closest cadet corps. We also ask that you notify us of any medical conditions your child has, and any special custody arrangements that may be in place.