The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national co-educational youth organization sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the civilian Navy League of Canada (NL).
Nationally, ten thousand young men and women aged twelve to eighteen take part in training at more than three hundred local corps during the school year, and a range of regional and national training centres over the summer. Cadets leave the program on their nineteenth birthday.
Sea Cadets are not members of the CAF, but membership requires the cadet to agree to a similarly high standard of personal dress and deportment, and to regular attendance.
Between September and May every year, WALLER cadets take part in a wide range of unique activities on Wednesday nights and during day and overnight exercises on weekends. In July and August, selected cadets have the opportunity to undergo additional training during two-, three-, and six-week courses at HMCS QUADRA, in Comox, or other summer training facilities, in a wide range of courses expanding on subjects introduced at the corps. Senior cadets also have the opportunity to work as staff cadets at QUADRA and elsewhere, in leadership, instructional, and support roles. Cadets can qualify for school credit for summer and local training.
Cadets take part in rigging and ropework from basic knots to setting up improvised lifting devices, head out on the water in whalers, and learn maritime navigation and chartwork. Cadets who excel in these areas have the opportunity to take Basic Seamanship, focused on rigging and ropework, Ship's Boat Operator, focused on handling powerboats and whalers, and Boatswain Mate, focused on large-vessel seamanship onboard Royal Canadian Navy ORCA-class training vessels.
WALLER maintains an active recreational shooting program, using Daisy 835C air rifles, and fields a range team to compete against other corps and squadrons. Cadets who excel on the range, and are interested in coaching others, have the opportunity to take the Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor course at Vernon Army Cadet Camp.
Leadership is a major focus of the cadet program: new entries are introduced to elements of leadership concepts almost immediately, building over the course of four years of training until they are able to take over the direction and guidance of a division (a group of junior cadets), and eventually assume leadership roles affecting the entire corps.
Dinghy racing, under the auspices of Sail Canada, offers a ready way to get sea cadets on the water. Some cadets pursue competitive racing, either in the cadet program or elsewhere: Pacific Region has long maintained a high-calibre regional racing sail program. Cadets interested in improving their abilities have the opportunity to take three- and six-week courses focused on sailing at HMCS QUADRA: Basic and Intermediate, focused on technical sailing skills, and Senior, transitioning into coaching, as well as a six-week Advanced Sail racing course at HMCS ONTARIO.
As cadets move into the fourth year of training, they are introduced to instructional technique: lesson planning, teaching methods, and so on, to allow them to move into teaching roles over the last three years of their membership. Cadets taking on an instructional role is one of the key features of the program, allowing senior cadets an opportunity to develop speaking skills, find an instructional style, and, in a way, give back for their first four years as, primarily, trainees.
Physical fitness is a major focus of the cadet program: new entries are introduced to elements of healthy living almost immediately, as well as taking part in sports nights and a generally active training program; from the second year on, all cadets take part in a biannual Cadet Fitness Assessment, featuring pushups, situps, a beep test, and a flexibility assessment. Two Fitness & Sports summer courses, the three week Basic and six week Instructor, offer additional training and opportunities.
Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps ADMIRAL RC WALLER was founded in 1995, and named after Rear Admiral Richard Waller, a former commander of Maritime Forces Pacific.
Ever since, we have paraded at the Sooke Legion, and enjoyed the support of the Legion and other community groups.
The corps' motto, HIC FRUCTUS VIRTUTIS, is that of the Waller family, and translates as "these are the fruits of valour." It is said to have been adopted by the family around the time of Agincourt.
In 1895, due to concern over the Royal Navy's ability to provide adequate naval defence, concerned citizens formed the Navy League, to promote interest in the problems of maritime trade and defence. The earliest Canadian branch was formed in Toronto in December 1895.
At that time, Canadian branches supported a cadet program called the Boys’ Naval Brigades, aimed at encouraging young men to consider a seafaring career and provide basic training in citizenship and seamanship.
With the formation of the Canadian Naval Service in May 1910, the organisation was renamed from "Boys’ Naval Brigade" to "Navy League Sea Cadets," to permit closer liaison with the Navy. In 1942, King George VI graciously consented to be Admiral of the Navy League’s Sea Cadets, and granted the "Royal" prefix, causing another name change, to the current "Royal Canadian Sea Cadets." Queen Elizabeth continued this Royal patronage and named His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as the Admiral of the RCSC. Finally, in 1941, the RCN became a joint partner with the Navy League in support of the RCSC.
In 1950 the Navy League Wrennette Corps were established for girls aged 13 to 18 years, though some corps existed unofficially before that date. In 1975, the two programs were amalgamated and girls were officially enrolled in Sea Cadets.
We meet every Wednesday from six to nine pm, upstairs at the Sooke Legion, from September to the end of May.
Cadets is open to anyone who is between 12 and 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, of good character, and approved by the Commanding Officer.
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