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SPECIALTY TEAMS

BAND • BIATHLON • DRILL • DUKE OF ED • MARKSMANSHIP • ORIENTEERING

SPECIALTY TEAMS

Our unit is home to six specialty competitive teams: Band, Biathlon, Drill, Duke of Edinburgh, Marksmanship, and Orienteering. All of our cadets participate in at least one team, and they take great pride in competing against other units across Ontario in various competitions.

Check out our calendar to see when practices are scheduled for our various specialty teams.

Marksmanship
Overview

Competitors in this team are selected based on past performances and corps familiarization shoots. Cadets use the Daisy 853C air rifle to fire upon paper targets. The bull, or dead center, is about the size of the head of a pen, so accuracy is extremely difficult to achieve. While firing, each cadet also has a coach beside them to change sights, pump the rifle, and make minor adjustments and suggestions. Cadets on this team are always supervised by an RSO and coach.

Cadets compete against one and other to see who can score the highest! The team also gets the opportunity to fire the Lee Enfield No.4 (.22 calibre) rifle.

Competitions

Zone in March, Regional in April, and National in May

Orienteering
Overview

The orienteering team tracks and seeks out flags hidden in the bush. The points are set in advance by the coordinator and the grid references are recorded. The official gives the coordinates to the competitors, who must then plot them on their map and seek them out, stamping their timecard at each flag. The team that completes the competition the fastest, and with the most stamps, wins the competition.

In some cases, points are different for each flag as some are more difficult to seek out. In this case, the team commander must decide which route is best for their team.

Competitions

Area in October, Regional in November

Drill
Overview

A Drill Team is a group of cadets that marches and performs military drill movements. Drill takes a great deal of concentration and discipline and gives our cadets a strong sense of accomplishment. Drill movements consist of standing drill which is when the cadet remains in a stationary platoon and marching drill where the cadets are mobilized and move together.  These movements can be completed with or without arms (de-commissioned drill purpose rifles).

Drill team members are expected to maintain an exceptionally high level of dress and deportment standards as they have a great sense of pride in their uniforms.

Competitions

Area in May, Regional in May

Biathlon
Overview

Biathlon is an Olympic winter sport, which combines competitive, free-technique cross-country skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship. Training consists of strength and cardiovascular conditioning through static exercises, running, and other dynamic activities.

In the Cadet Biathlon Competition, the biathlete skis a distance of no less than 5 kilometres and stops at the shooting range to shoot, two times.  The shooting distance is always 50 metres and five rounds are fired in each bout at five targets. Cadets shoot in the prone position only, with a .22 calibre rifle.

Competitions

Area in February, Regional in February

Duke of Edinburgh
Overview

Conceived by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the program aims to help young persons develop strength of character, leadership and personal discipline through four sectors of activity: community service, sports activities, skills, and expedition.

Like Army Cadets, the Award Program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement and challenge, making the Award attainable by all.

The program allows you to work at your own pace, accumulate certain number of hours per week in different categories.

Many of the hours required in the program are already being done by most of you just by being in the Army Cadets. For example, if you are on the Drill Team, you can use Drill Team practices as a skill development activity or as a physical activity. If you teach on training nights, you meet the community service requirements. For Ontario students who require 40 hrs of community service to graduate, those hours can be put towards the award as well. If you take music lessons, horseback riding lessons, or whatever your interest may be outside of cadets, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.

No practices. Cadets complete their level at their own pace during training year.

Learn more:

This is an international program, which can be completed through the Canadian Cadet Organization. Learn more about the specifics of the program here.

There are no practices or competitions

Band
Overview

UNDER DEVELOPMENT. Once approved, a notification will go out to the unit that the band is open.

The music program allows cadets to be introduced to the music world. Our focus in the music program is a mix of bagpipes as well as percussion instruments.  For all cadets, regardless of music experience, who are or would like to become musicians. The cadet will be able to advance their musical talents and to help their peers. The band is often found performing at various parades throughout the year, both within the Corps and throughout the community. The band consists of three sections:

1. Highland Bagpipes

2. Highland Snare Drums

3. Bass Section (Tenor and Bass Drums)

Being a member of the Pipes and Drums band requires a great deal of commitment. Cadets are required to practice several times a week and then meet up once a week with the band and practice marching while playing as a military style band.

Competitions

Area in May