The CCF offers young people challenging military, adventurous and community-based activities, with the aim of inspiring them to achieve success in life with a spirit of service to the Crown, their Country and the local community, and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen. These aims are achieved by:

  1. Providing progressive cadet training, often of a challenging, demanding and exciting nature, to foster confidence, self-reliance, initiative, loyalty, and a sense of service to other people.
  2. Encouraging the development of personal powers of practical leadership, communication, the ability to work successfully as a member of a team and acquire esprit-de-corps.

Open to Year 8 and above, St James Cadets attend parade nights on Tuesday evenings and take part in all aspects of the cadet curriculum including first aid training, navigation (map and compass), skill at arms, field craft skills and theory, leadership tasks and other similar activities.

In addition to weekly parade nights, the Contingent attend a number of training and ceremonial events throughout the year.

The core of the training year is an annual one week camp which takes place in the first week of the summer holidays and varies in location. In addition to this, there is a weekend training camp each term.

The cadets attend Art in Action, an event that gives them an opportunity to achieve their ‘Cadet in the Community’ award and takes place mid-July every year and many other events and opportunities are available which are tailored to specific groups of Cadets, including the annual trip to Arnham in Holland to commemorate the Arnhem Landing in 1944.

The CCF does not actively promote or encourage Army recruitment.