Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Question Answer
Who can be a Sea Cadet?

Any youth who has reached their 12th birthday and has not turned 19 can be a Sea Cadet. When you register, you will need to bring your birth certificate (or landed immigrant card) and your BC Care Card. We will take photocopies of these and return them the same night.

What does it cost to join?

There are no registration fees or dues to join the Cadet Program. Upon joining, uniforms and accoutrements are provided free of charge. Cadets and parents are encouraged to participate in and contribute to fundraising on behalf of the Local Sponsoring Committee and League, to offset costs not covered by the Department of National Defence.

When do I get a uniform?

You will be loaned (at no charge) a uniform within the first 3 to 5 weeks.

What sort of things do Sea Cadets do?

Sea Cadets do many things including: sailing & safe boating, range safety, drill, music, and ship tours. In addition, Sea Cadets learn naval history & knowledge, Canadian citizenship, leadership, and instructional techniques. Cadets can also get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh program.

What nights do Sea Cadets meet?

RCSCC FRASER (New Westminster's Sea Cadet corps) parades on Wednesday nights from 6:15pm to 9:30pm and we follow the school calendar. 

Where is New Westminster's Sea Cadet Corps located?

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps FRASER parades at the Annacis Island Training Quarters (Follow the link for the Google Map.)

Do Sea Cadets do anything on weekends?

Most definitely yes. During the training year (September to June) we do several weekend activities. These range from onboard weekends where the cadets stay at our building over the weekend; to sail weekends, adventure training, ship, tours and public parades.

What about summertime?

Every year Sea Cadets from all across Canada apply for summer training. There are numerous courses that are run. Each of them is specialized to allow the cadets to reach certain goals. In addition to summer training, a select group of Sea Cadets get the privilege of visiting other countries on an exchange. Although not all cadets may be selected to go to summer training, a weekly drop-in is run at our Annacis facility. The drop-in is open to both new recruits and active cadets.

Who runs the program?

The program is run and administered by a select group of reserve officers specially trained to instruct cadets. These officers are members of the Canadian Forces and take courses that give them specialized training in working with youth, organizing cadet activities, and harassment & abuse prevention.

Can parents get involved?

Absolutely! Parents are encouraged to join the local sponsoring League. Your membership allows you to attend meetings and have a say in the operation of the Branch. The New Westminster Branch owns and operates the Annacis Facility. As well, they support extra training exercises and organize fund-raising activities.

How can I contact someone for more information?

Just click on the Contact Us menu (or follow the previous link) for contact information. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are cadets in the military?

Sea Cadets are not in the military and are not members of the Canadian Forces. There is no expectation for a cadet to join the military upon leaving cadets.