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607 Cadet Corps, ca. 1928. Wib McLaughlan, Delmar Poff, Gordon Maves, Harold Clauson, Art Wallace, Joe Houlihan; Seated: Charlie Jones

Army Cadets have existed in Pembroke for over 100 years. The first cadet corps, 607 Pembroke Collegiate & Vocational Institute Cadet Corps, was formed 23 April 1915. The cadet corps was affiliated with the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish starting in Dec 1927. In 1941, affiliation changed to the Royal Canadian Dragoons. The cadet corps paraded at the Pembroke Collegiate & Vocational Institute (now École élémentaire et secondaire l’Équinoxe).

2677 Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of Pembroke was formed 1 March 1961. The Corps was sponsored by its affiliated unit, the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment.

2677 Army Cadets at a recruiting drive at the West-End Mall, circa. 1978Shortly after 2677’s formation, on November 28, 1962, 607 Pembroke Collegiate & Vocational Institute Cadet Corps disbanded.

On 1 September 1978, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 72 of Pembroke assumed the role as the primary sponsor of the cadet corps. The Corps paraded Tuesday evenings until September 1979 at which the parade night was changed to Monday evenings.

On 18 March 1993, the Cadet Corps paraded with the Regiment to change cap badges from Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment, to the Royal Canadian Artillery. The Cadet Corps’ name was revised to follow the Regiment’s new name of 1st Air Defence Regiment (Lanark & Renfrew Scottish) Royal Canadian Artillery.

During the late 1990’s the Corps returned its parade nights to Tuesday evenings. During this time as well, the Cadet Corps was temporary relocated to Laurentian Public School (now École elementaire et secondaire publique l’Équinoxe) due to substantial renovations taking place within the armoury.

In the autumn of 2006 the Regiment’s name was changed to 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark & Renfrew Scottish), Royal Canadian Artillery, and the Cadet Corps followed suit.

In 2010, as part of the restructuring of Central Region, 2677 was reassigned to the Northern Ontario Area (NOA) Detachment in CFB North Bay, from the Eastern Ontario Area (EOA) Detachment in CFB Trenton.

In 2016 the Corps celebrated its 55th anniversary and the 100th year of  training for Army Cadets in Pembroke. In 2016, the structure of the Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO) changed as part of the “Renewal” initiative, with all cadet units being part of the National Cadet & Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (Natl CJCR Sp Gp).

During the 2016-2017 training year, 2677 will be reassigned to the newly formed Ottawa and St Lawrence Area (OSLA), where logistical/administrative/training support will be transferred from North Bay to Borden, and direct training support will be transferred from North Bay to Connaught in Ottawa.

2677's 50th Anniversary Mess Dinner

 


Corps Strength

1974…………………………..38 cadets
1988…………………………..37 cadets
1992…………………………..43 cadets
1993…………………………..20 cadets
1994…………………………..40 cadets
1995…………………………..30 cadets
1996…………………………..55 cadets
1997…………………………..88 cadets
2005…………………………..45 cadets
2006…………………………..30 cadets
2007…………………………..17 cadets
2008…………………………..27 cadets
2009…………………………..32 cadets
2010…………………………..26 cadets
2011…………………………..38 cadets
2012…………………………..33 cadets
2013…………………………..33 cadets
2014…………………………..29 cadets
2015…………………………..23 cadets
2016…………………………..38 cadets
2017…………………………..