Youth Programs

Youth Programs
Legions throughout Ontario Command sponsor youth programs that include sports, Cadet Corps, Scouts, leadership training and Remembrance activities. It is our aim to help youth learn an appreciation for teamwork, leadership, duty and most importantly, Remembrance.

The deadline for entries to this year’s Poster and Literary Contests is 15 November 2017. Entries are to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Legion Strathcona Branch 595, at 1940B Bank Street.  An awards ceremony for the first, second , and third place finishers will be held in January 2018.
Ontario Command also invites students to take part in a Remembrance Video Contest. The Deadline for the Video Contest is 01 December 2017.  Entries are to be emailed to Ontario Provincial Command at
There is also a Royal Canadian Legion Zone G5 Public Speaking Contest which will be held on 3 March 2018 at Strathcona Branch 595 (1940B Bank St, Ottawa, ON). Registration for grades 1 to 8 is at 8 a.m. and the contest will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration for grades 9 to 12 is at noon and the contest runs until 5 p.m. A form and contest information can be found at the Youth Programs page at the Ontario Command website.

Legions believe educating our youth on the high cost of their freedom is one of our most important roles in Ontario today. We must impress upon young people who have never known war, that freedom was won at the cost of many lives; young lives like their own. Our annual poster, literary and Public Speaking contests with a Remembrance theme, help focus the attention of the participants on those who gave all for the freedom we enjoy.

Entry form for Poster & Literary Contest

Ontario Command participates in the biannual Pilgrimage of Remembrance. This program, organized by our Dominion Command, uses veterans and other Legion dignitaries as guides for tours of WWI and WWII battlefields and cemeteries.

Some of the most popular youth programs are the multitude of sports programs run by Ontario Command Branches. Sports activities such as hockey teams and leagues, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, figure skating and lacrosse are among the programs supported by our branches.

Each year, many branches co-ordinate track and field programs. These programs allow young athletes to participate in many events and to complete with other athletes at District meets, and at Provincial levels in one of the Legion's semi-annual provincial meets.

Legions in Ontario Command help to promote patriotism, leadership and an awareness of duty by sponsoring youth groups such as Scouts, Navy League and Sea, Army and Air Cadets. The Legion, through our local branches, also sponsors the Cadet Medal of Excellence. This medal is awarded to outstanding young men and women who participate in cadet programs.

Ontario Command branches are encouraged to support the Encounters With Canada program, that brings together students from across the country for a week of Canadian studies and activities at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa. More than 3,000 young people from across Canada participate in this excellent program.

Legions throughout Ontario Command sponsor bursaries for high school, college and university students. Our branches also pool funds with Ladies' Auxiliaries through our Ontario Command Branches and Ladies' Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in bursaries are awarded each year through the Charitable Foundation.


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