Promoting National Citizenship & Leadership Development Programs for Canadas Youth

Air Cadets

air-cadets-glider-thumbs-upRoyal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. There is something for everyone – no matter what their personal interests may be.

The outdoor enthusiast will appreciate learning survival skills for flight crews. The athlete will appreciate the physical activities, including a variety of sporting activities like biathlon and Olympic-style marksmanship. The artists will find their niche in the music program.

The curious will appreciate the hands-on activities such as building model aircrafts. The scholarly will appreciate an introduction to the various tools and technologies linked to aviation. The dreamers will appreciate the evolution of technology and the advancements of the aerospace era, including the importance of Canadian participation. The outgoing will appreciate the effective speaking competitions and the leadership opportunities.


air-cadets-model-planeSelect top senior cadets may even earn the chance to represent Canada on the world stage by participating in an international exchange to the following countries:

International Exchanges and Cultural Visits

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • China
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Most importantly, the Air Cadet Program aids in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy. It focuses on social development, decision making and leadership. As cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they pass it along to younger cadets.
Every cadet will have the chance to participate in flight activities, and some top senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence. Whether earning a glider pilot licence or private pilot licence, these cadets wear their wings with a pride rarely found in today’s youth.


Royal Canadian Air Cadet Endorsement

“Self-confidence. Self-discipline. Leadership. The Air Cadet Program aims to foster these core values in our youth, and in so doing helps develop the leaders of tomorrow. In partnership with the Department of National Defence, and with the help of sponsors like the Young Citizens Foundation, we provide thousands of youth the tools they will need to succeed in their chosen professions. Whether it is participating in an effective speaking competition, playing in a marching band, competing in a biathlon, or soaring in a glider, our air cadets are having fun while learning and building lasting friendships. The League thanks the Young Citizens Foundation for their continuing support to the Air Cadet Program and the provision of the prestigious YCF Scholarship to deserving recipients.”

Major General Pierre (Pete) Forques
Executive Director of the Air Cadet League of Canada