The CCF is a youth organisation supported by the Ministry of Defence with Her Majesty the Queen as its Captain General. The CCF in the United Kingdom is made up of over 250 school Contingents, the majority of which are from independent schools.
Kelvinside Academy runs its own Cadet Force with Royal Navy, Army and RAF sections. Membership is compulsory for all S3 pupils with many pupils choosing to remain in the CCF through to S6. Members of staff serve as officers while senior pupils can be appointed as NCOs.
The main aim of the CCF is to train pupils to become more self-reliant and develop powers of leadership.
Through CCF pupils have the opportunity to try flying, sailing, camping, shooting, orienteering, engineering and many other activities.
In addition to a weekly programme of activities, there are opportunities to join numerous adventurous training camps and courses during the holidays and at weekends.
In recent years, cadets have successfully completed courses such as canoe instructor, winter mountain skills in the Cairngorms, PADI diving, multi-pitch climbing in Spain and the prestigious Rocky Mountain leadership camp in Canada.
Army training will develop skills such as map reading, drill, safe weapon handling, fieldcraft and section tactics.
- Royal Air Force
RAF training will provide pupils with knowledge of navigation, the theory of flight, and aircraft recognition. When cadets are sufficiently skilled pupils are given the chance to go flying from Glasgow Airport.
Pupils will acquire basic naval knowledge through the study of sailing theory and practice, chart work and navigation, and will engage in a variety of leadership tasks. There are also plenty of opportunities to sail and handle a power boat.
Although boys and girls wear Services uniform (provided for them) for certain activities, the aims of the CCF are similar to any of the uniformed youth groups. An advantage of the CCF programme is that it grants access to specialised training teams and equipment. The CCF enhances the values of service and teamwork that are real strengths of the school.