Sponsoring committees are community-level organizations that coordinate local support for the Cadets. Depending on the unit, their makeup varies and they can include interested parents, community members, service clubs, town councils and corporations. The terminology also varies. For example, Sea Cadets call their sponsoring committees “Navy League branches”, while Army Cadet corps may call them “support committees”. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets refer to this group as the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).
In certain situations, a parent committee is the unit’s official sponsor, while in others it provides support for the sponsoring committee.
Sponsoring committees are responsible for:
* providing suitable accommodation for cadet training and activities
* promoting the Cadet Program to the community
* fundraising and managing funds for additional activities not supported financially by the Canadian Forces
* Monthly Meetings
While the Cadet Program is for youth, it also offers adults an exciting opportunity to get involved.
Suggestions for getting involved
There are many opportunities to become part of cadet activities. Your involvement will benefit the cadet program.
* Be a cadet instructor!
* No previous military experience is required.
* Be a volunteer!
Any contribution is welcome, from a few minutes to a few hours. There are always tasks available, such as filing, driving in a car pool, fundraising and supervising the cadet canteen.
During Break on Parade Nights, the Cadets are provided with the opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks to help get them through the evening.
The proceeds from Canteen are all used to support Squadron functions and programs.
Parents are asked to help by donating a case of pop, water, chips. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
Please speak to any member of the sponsoring committee.
Join a sponsoring or parent committee. These civilian committees support your cadet unit by funding extra activities, assisting with administrative support to the unit and promoting the Cadet Program in your community.
Speak with the commanding officer or the sponsoring committee chair to help you decide on the best way to contribute and to learn about our screening procedures.
Encourage cadets at home
Supporting and encouraging your child is an important aspect of your role in the program.
We ask that you encourage attendance and that you foster positive attitudes toward cadet activities, including fundraising. At the same time, it is important to monitor your child’s participation in cadet activities to gauge the effects on schoolwork and family time.
Provide up-to-date information
It is important that you keep the cadet unit staff informed of any changes that may affect your child’s personal file such as medical concerns, emergency contact information, legal custody, address, and telephone number.
Although you have already provided the information on the enrolment form, we ask that you review it in case there have been changes.
You should also inform the cadet unit staff of any situation or incident of concern, or if your child is quitting the program.
Many cadet units have parent information meetings throughout the year. We encourage you to attend; an opportunity for unit staff to provide valuable information and to address your questions.
Keep in mind that the responsibility rests on your child to keep informed of the activities at the cadet unit. Every cadet should have the telephone number of the cadet unit staff and of the section commander, who is a more senior cadet.