What is the Expedition program?
The Expedition Program is a structured training program within the Royal Canadian Army Cadet training system. Every Army Cadet has the opportunity to participate, at their level, in the Expedition Program.
An expedition is an activity with no less than one day of travel with an outdoor overnight component, with a clear associated activity goal. Expeditions practice the application of star program skills, while including activity components such as:
Canoeing and kayaking
Climbing and ice climbing
Cross country skiing
Hiking and backpacking
Rope descents and rope coursing
Expedition training is designed to develop leadership skills, while enhancing individual self-concepts, such as self-confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem, and self-discipline. It is also a lot of fun!
Who delivers the expedition program?
Expedition training is delivered to Silver and Gold Star cadets by Zone Expedition Centres, also called ECs. Expedition Centres also provide support for Green and Red Star expedition training conducted by local Corps, and are the primary source of staff for Regional and National Expeditions.
Expedition Centres are staffed by highly specialized officers of the Cadet Instructor Cadre. These members are directly focused on providing high quality training opportunities to those cadets who participate in expedition training.
Prairie Region is broken into four expedition centres: Calgary and Area, Edmonton and Area, Saskatchewan (Regina), and Manitoba (Winnipeg) each have their own Expedition Center.