Tagging is the major way cadets fundraise. Twice a year, cadets are sent in pairs to locations around Mississauga where we have gotten permission to do our fundraising. Typically, more senior cadets are paired with new cadets to help teach newer cadets how tagging works. Cadets stand outside these locations (such as Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, grocery stores, Canadian Tire, etc….), with a box full of cadet advertising tags (tags can be attached to coats, purses, etc…).
The cadets ask benefactors if they would like to support Army Cadets, and the benefactor can put money in the sealed cash box.
Why do we do this?
The Department of National Defence (DND) does cover the cost of uniforms and some resources for the Army Cadets. The remaining funding for the Army League Cadets is the responsibility of the local cadet corps. The Support Committee works hard during the year to make relationships with locations so that we have the best opportunity to raise the most money.
What do we use tagging money for?
- Lunches/dinners and snacks for cadets during activities, Christmas Mess dinner, year end trips/events, etc….
- Training equipment such as orienteering, marksmanship, permits for training locations, sports equipment.
- Optional Trips
- Special uniform pieces not covered by the DND, such as nametags, pace sticks, and flag party belts
- Paper to use in the office to print permissions sheets, kit lists, and lessons.
- The 2824 C.O.P.S website
- Many other items in our yearly budget.
What to do when tagging:
The difference between getting a donation and not getting a donation can be as simple as smiling and saying hello! Here are some tips for a successful tagging event:
- Be polite to everyone who passes by you, regardless of their behaviour.
- Ask everyone who passes by you “Good (Evening/Morning/Afternoon ) Ma’am/Sir would you like to make a Donation to Army Cadets?”
- End every conversation with “Have a nice day!”
- Speak up! Be loud enough, clear with your words and to the point, chances are they’ll only take a couple of seconds to pass by you.
- You don’t have to stand still for the whole shift. Move around a bit to get the blood flowing in your legs.
- Some people want to chat with you. Tell them about your cadet experiences – camp, events you’ve enjoyed, what made you join, what you like best.
- If someone is rude to you, don’t engage. Some people, sadly, are like that. We don’t want other people to see you being rude back. We always want people to have a good interaction with us.
What not to do:
*Remember you are in the public eye, and for some people this might be their first time seeing a cadet, so do your best to make a good impression!
- Don’t leave your assigned location. If you’re not where we were expecting you to be, it can be dangerous to you and the rest of your carload of cadets. Don’t leave your partner alone. That is a security risk for both of you.
- Don’t slouch, chew gum, take long breaks, talk on your phone, put in earbuds to listen to music.
- Don’t be in the way, but don’t hide, either. Make it convenient for them to donate.
- Don’t open your tagging boxes to see how much you have in there. If benefactors or drivers see you opening the box, it can look like you’re stealing, even if you’re not. That’s not a good impression.
What to say?
What is Army Cadets? It is the biggest youth organization in Canada that helps young people between the ages of 12-18. Cadets develop leadership skills and independence. Even better, though, tell them about your experience.
We just donated to you last week. There are other cadet groups (air cadet squadrons and army cadet corps) who have a slightly overlapping tagging area. You can mention that it was probably one of the other area squadrons, as each group is only allowed to tag twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. But don’t argue with them.
You’re not supposed to be here. Sometimes there is a communication problem between the person we get permission from, and the person who is managing that day. We do have management or owner permission to be at every location where we send cadets. When other groups show up, they are often not supposed to be there. You can go inside the store, ask to speak to the manager. Unfortunately, sometimes, different managers give permissions to more than one group, so we might have to share the space. If you’re not comfortable with this, call Support Staff member or CIC Officers.
Health and safety:
If you ever feel in danger, go inside the store and call the tag day coordinator (Support Staff or CIC Officer) – make sure you get a slip of paper with the Support Committee phone numbers on it before you leave for your first shift of the weekend. If a person ever attempts to steal your box let them have it, and get inside the store. Your safety is worth much more than the box. If someone insults you, 2824 C.O.P.S Army Cadets, or the Canadian Armed forces, do not fight back. Most of the time, people around will defend you. If no one is around, say “I’m sorry you feel that way” and just ignore them until they leave. If you feel unsafe, go inside and inform the CIC Officer as soon as possible.
Dress for the weather. We do encounter cold, and wet weather. We try to send cadets to locations where they will be out of the weather, but please dress for the weather. If you’re soaking wet 30 minutes into your shift, you’re not going to enjoy the remaining 2 and a half hours.
If there are any other questions, please ask a Support Committee and/or a CIC Officer.