Awards Season is upon us!

Our Cadets, and the volunteers who support them, make a substantial contribution to the future of our Nation through their dedication to the aims and vision of The Navy League of Canada. It is important for the Navy League to recognize these efforts through a comprehensive Awards and Recognition program. Given that effective recognition programs can be a critical factor in the retention of cadets and volunteers alike, and can also create public awareness opportunities, it is in the best interest of each  branch to be proactive and discuss with volunteers, Officers & cadets over the next few weeks. 

This year’s deadline for the Navy League Medal of excellence award applications is February 19th

The Application Process

To nominate any individual or organization for an award, complete the NL(104)E Award Application Form. Submit this form, along with any supporting documentation, to the appropriate authority in the nominee’s chain-of-command:

  • If the person being nominated is a cadet or staff at a corps, the application should go to the corps’ Commanding Officer.
  • If the person being nominated is a corps CO, branch member or a community supporter, then the application goes to the branch.
  • If the person being nominated is a Branch President, Division Member, Division or RCSU Staff Officer or a Division Supporter then the application goes to Bev Lovell at division.

Sea Cadet Awards

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Division Music Award

May be awarded annually to recognize the effort of a Sea Cadet in the pursuit of musical excellence.  Nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant is a member of an authorized Sea Cadet Band;
  • To have completed a minimum of two years service as a member of a Cadet Band;
  • To be an level IV instrumentalist – this is to be the minimum requirement for a nomination;
  • To have contributed outstanding participation in Cadet Parades,
  • maintained an outstanding dress, deportment, drill, conduct, manner and dependability.

The award is in the form of a Division Music Certificate and/or Trophy.

Corps Officers engagements or performances for his/her Cadet Corps and/or Navy League Branch;
  • To have demonstrated outstanding loyalty to his/her Cadet Corps;
  • To have shown exceptional dedication and leadership to the Cadet Music Training Program and to nominate a cadet for this award using the following procedure:
    • Complete National Award Application NL 104, along with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Music Award Nomination Form

Navy League Medal of Excellence

May be awarded annually to the most proficient Navy League Cadets and Royal Canadian Sea Cadets within each Division. To be eligible for this award, the cadet must have:

  • Attended a minimum of 80% of all activities in the current training year
  • Achieved the rank of Petty Officer first class or higher
  • Consistently set an outstanding personal example of dress and deportment
  • Demonstrated a thorough grasp of cadet training, as indicated by promotions, examinations and previous awards
  • Demonstrated good citizenship through community service activities.

The Award is in the form of a certificate and a medal to be worn on the right breast of the uniform. The Award will be issued by the National Office for presentation by the Branch. The award is issued based on a quota of 1 medal for every 200 cadets (or part thereof), excluding the medal awarded each to Division Cadet of the Year.

Corps Officers may nominate a cadet for this award using the following procedure:

  • Complete NL (104) Award Application Form
  • Cadet Information Card (CIC) for Sea Cadets;
  • Commanding Officer Letter of Recommendation
  • Branch President Letter of Recommendation
  • Cadet Resume
  • Cadet Biography (impact of the Cadet Program)
  • Photo of Cadet Applicant participating in the program

Corps Commanding Officers will review the applications, and if supportive, endorse the application by attaching a letter of reference and asking the cadet to submit a resume, a 1-2 page biography of their cadet experience, and a photo in uniform (photos are not used for evaluation, but may be used for promotional use such as newsletters, websites, etc). Corps Commanding Officers will then submit the application to the Branch President.

The Branch President (or their designate) will review any applications submitted, and if supportive, endorse the application by attaching a letter of reference. The Branch will then submit the application to the Division for consideration for the Medal of Excellence and as the Division Cadet of the Year.

Divisions shall select and award the Medals of Excellence based on their quota and also select the Division Cadets of the Year from this list of Medal of Excellence Nominees.

Local Sea Cadets present ship’s bell to Trail

Original story:

TRAIL – The City of Trail’s new museum is now in possession of the authentic HCMS Trail Ship’s Bell.

The Trail’s Bell is officially held by Trail’s Sea Cadet Corps – 131 Kootenay RCSCC – and is on loan to the city by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Several months ago, the Trail Historical Society inquired about the possibility of having the bell for its new museum, after having found old newspaper articles featuring the ship’s bell.

An agreement was made between the city and the local branch of the Canadian Armed Forces, that the bell would be on extended loan, and a replica bell, with the Cadet Corps’ identifying number would be provided to the Cadets to use.

The ship’s bell is integral to the life onboard any ship, as sailors mark time using the ship’s bell since the sound can cut through even the loudest noises onboard, and each Sea Cadet Corps in Canada holds at least one.

“The City of Trail used to be quite a booming place in the early part of the 1900’s,” said Sarah Benson-Lord, city representative to the Trail Historical Society. “It’s quite extraordinary for us to have a naval ship named after our little city, so we were really hoping everything would work out for us to be able to complete our display.”

After several months of research and many emails back and forth to different vendors, the replica bell was finally obtained and the exchange was made earlier this month at the Trail Armoury. Attending the event were several members of the Trail Historical Society, the Sea Cadets, and Chief Warrant Officer Sharman Thomas.

“We are proud to have been able to do this for the city,” said Chief Petty Officer Second Class Naomi Savage. “And it’s really nice that they were able to provide us with our ‘own’ bell. I like that the replica says our Corps name on it.”

The HMCS Trail bell is now on display at the Riverfront Centre in Trail, and a formal presentation ceremony is planned for the near future.

The Trail Sea Cadets meet every Tuesday night from September through May at the Trail Armoury from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, please contact Lieutenant(N) David Cherrington, Commanding Officer at 250-231-1016 or visit us on Facebook.

Operation: This Is You

Operation: This Is You is now accepting applications!

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Achieve Anything Foundation defines as girls & women any persons that identify as female, including transgender. This definition applies to any reference of girls, women and/or females. To be eligible to apply for Operation: This IS You! events, the applicant must identify as female
  • A Lower age limit may be applicable to some events, please refer to specific event details before applying
  • Signed Guardian consent rquired for those under the age of 19, a signed waiver is also applicable to everyone
  • Government issued photo identification may be required, please refer to specific event details before applying

Events are starting soon, and continue all year! Apply now!

Operation: This IS You! Application Process

IMPORTANT: Please read carefully before applying

The person wishing to attend an event must apply on their own behalf, and must answer the questions in their own words, to the best of their ability. You may not apply on behalf of someone else.

A completed application does not assure acceptance to an event. The selection process for each event varies depending on the quality of information provided, number of applicants, available space, nature of the event and other operational factors.

Admission to an event is by invitation only, without exception. Invitations are not transferrable and do not include any other person other than the successful applicant. RSVP’s must be received by the stated deadline in order for the ivitation to remain valid.

The information you provide us is protected once completed, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Achieve Anything Foundation or agency partner hosting the event without your prior consent.

You may apply to only one event at a time. Within 48 hours of a completed event, your status will be released and you may then apply for other events. If you have previously applied to an Operation: This IS You! event, or as a volunteer for the Achieve Anything Foundation, enter the email address you previously used and then select “return user”.

You may apply for, and attend more than one Operation: This is You! event, however you may not repeat the same event.

The selection process for an event is ongoing and remains open unless otherwise indicated. We sometimes have last minute cancellations so if you’re interested in an event and applictions are listed as open – APPLY!

Events may be postponed or cancelled at any time due to circumstances outside of our control.

Apply here! Scroll down to the Apply button, enter your email, and finish the wizard.

Quadra Education Foundation – Accepting Applications

The Board of Directors of the Quadra Education Foundation wish to announce that the QEF is now accepting applications for scholarships, which will be awarded at the Alumni Weekend at HMCS Quadra in August, 2018.

It is anticipated that this year, the QEF will be in a position to award 9 scholarships having a total value in excess of $10,000. These scholarships are being made possible through the generosity of the Canadian Learning Trust, the Naval Association of Canada – Endowment Fund, Seaspan, two professional maritime associations and members of the Alumni Association of HMCS Quadra.

Cadets and officers currently serving in Quadra, former cadets and officers who have served in Quadra and their children are legible to apply for a scholarship so long as they are enrolled in a Canadian Post-Secondary institute of education.

The policy for the granting of scholarships, the scholarship application and instructions relating thereto can be found on the Quadra Education Foundation website.

Sea Cadet Medal of Excellence information

Application Deadline: March 15th  2018

Late applications will not be accepted.

  1. Navy League Medal of Excellence
    The Sea Cadet Navy League Medal of Excellence shall be awarded annually by each Division to the most proficient Royal Canadian Sea Cadet(s) within the Division. The number of Medals awarded is calculated at 1 per 200 Cadets or part thereof and will be sent out in January with the National Award Quota. The top Cadet in that Division medal shall have a Gold Bar affixed to it (one anchor for Sea Cadets) and worn on the right breast of the uniform. The medal may only be awarded once to a Cadet, but they may have their submission for Sea Cadet of the Year forwarded more than once. The National Cadet of the Year will receive two Gold bars for their medal and the number two Cadet of the Division will become the Division Cadet of the year.

Branches with a Corps with over 60 cadets may submit two (2) applications, IF they feel they have viable candidates.

Branches with corps under 60 cadets may submit only one application per unit.

  1. Prerequisites
    To be eligible for the Sea Cadet Navy League Medal of Excellence Award, the Sea Cadet must have:
  • Attended a minimum of 80% of all activities in the current training year;
  • Achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class or higher;
  • Consistently set an outstanding personal example of dress and deportment;
  • Demonstrated a thorough grasp of cadet training, as indicated by promotions, and previous awards; and
  • Demonstrated good citizenship through community service activities.
  1. Application / Documentation
    Supporting documentation for the Medal of Excellence Award is to be received by BCMD in the following order:
  • A Title Page; keep it simple; Cadet’s name, rank and corps
  • Completed /signed NL104(E); signed by the branch president and the nominating officer
  • Resume; that includes rank, cadet experiences and course qualifications, including summer training; (Remember to include community service and athletic achievements as well as high school education)
  • Commanding Officer’s letter of recommendation;
  • Branch President’s letter of recommendation;
  • Cadet essay/autobiography of how and what the Cadet programme has meant to him / her up to 750 words; ie. explaining a significant cadet event or events that have contributed to the success of the individual’s cadet experience; this may include summer training, leadership experiences, what the cadet experience means to the individual
  • Letters of Recommendation (letters from peers and family are not appropriate) should include:
  • citizenship
  • volunteer work and/or sports – from Schools, Legion or other interested parties (up to a maximum of six)
  • you may include copies of relevant awards, and certificates that relate to the successes and skills of the cadet; and
  • Application must include one full body photo of the Sea Cadet in

Remember the content is what is important, so don’t feel pressured to create a work of art. This can be off-putting for applicants, therefore include the requested materials and put it together completely and neatly.

If sending by:

  • email please combine the documents into a PDF in the order outlined above
  • If mailing a hard copy please place all the documentation in a duo tang or presentation folder in the order outlined above

NL(21) Administrative Orders  page 26 is a useful reference.

  1. Send completed applications by email to Bev Lovell – BC Mainland Sea Cadet Chair/Awards and Recognition Chair at [email protected]

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email to Bev Lovell.

Helpful forms

NL(104)E – Awards Application Form
NL(21) Administrative Orders
BCMD–2018 Sea Cadet MOE Instructions

Trail Sea Cadets help with Communities in Bloom

Trail Cenotaph gets flowers from the Trail Sea Cadets

November 14, 2016
Trail, BC
Department of National Defense

The week before Remembrance Day, members of the 131 Kootenay, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets were hard at work on the Trail Cenotaph planting tulip bulbs.

“Helping the community is an important part of the cadet program and we are happy to help anyway we can” -Sub Lieutenant David Cherrington

The cadets, working with Communities in Bloom, planted red and white tulip bulbs.  These tulips will bloom around the Cenotaph with the colours of Canada’s Flag during the Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

“This going to look great in the spring” -PO2 Naomi Savage

131 Kootenay meets every Tuesday evening at the Trail Armories and is always welcoming new cadets and adult volunteers.

Quick Facts

·        The Trail Sea Cadets have been active in Trail since the 1950’s.

·        There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of Sea Cadets and Summer Training is no cost.