The Cadet Program
The Army Cadet Program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Army activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.
Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
Our training night is Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Gallipoli Armouries.
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The origins of this Corps can be traced back to confederation with Canada. We were originally 2364 Corner Brook Public School Cadet Corps, which was formed in 1949 by R. Skinner, the first Commanding Officer. As with many new corps, the unit was supported and staffed by teachers and staff of the school. In 1956, due to re-organization, the corps name and number were changed to 2590 Amalgamated Regional High School Army Cadet Corps. The Corps evolved to the name 2590 Herdman Collegiate after the school changed its name in 1966.
The Corps was originally a ‘closed’ cadet corps; allowing only members of the sponsoring school to join as members. This enabled the cadet training program to provide school credits to its members. In 1972, the Corps became ‘open’ and from then on welcomed youth from every school within the Bay of Islands area and paraded out of the Gallipoli Armoury.
In the mid 80’s, the CO and Sponsor moved the cadet Corps to SD Cook School. With the closing of SD Cook School in 1989, the sponsor moved the corps to GA Mercer Jr High, where once again in 1999 the corps was faced with the re-organization of the education system. Due to the closing of the school, the school board leased the building and we were forced to vacate. Thanks to the assistance of our affiliated unit, 2nd Battalion Royal Newfoundland Regiment, we moved back to our original home at the Gallipoli Armoury.
In 2007, the Corps parents committee was dissolved and in 2009 the Corps lost its official sponsor with the school board. This left only a co-sponsor with the Corner Brook Kinsmen Club to support the Corps. During this time the Corps also saw enrollment decline to an all-time low, jeopardizing the Corps future.
In 2012, with the assistance of the NL Army Cadet League the Corps found a new official sponsor with the Rotary Club of Humber. The Corps also changed our designation to 2590 Gallipoli Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. With the recent changes and a growing number of staff the cadet Corps doubled in size in 2013 and re-introduced the band program for the first time in four years.
2014 once again saw 2590 Gallipoli RCACC grow as a unit. For the first time in seven years, a parents committee was formed. The parents committee has been a huge help in fundraising for corps activities. The year also saw an increase in regional activities the corps has participated in, having a drill team for the first time in many years.
So far, 2015 has proved to be another great year for 2590. This year saw the first time in many years that biathletes from the corps has taken part in the regional competition. We have also begun to make major strides in forming a pipes and drum band.
With the continued commitment of cadets, parents and staff the best is yet to come for 2590 Gallipoli RCACC.