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RLA Alumni Fall Exercise

Join RLA Alumni as they return to RLA and complete the Fall Ex, again.

RLA Alumni Fall Exercise

Join RLA Alumni as they return to RLA and complete the Fall Ex, again.

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October 3, 2023 7:00 AM EDT - October 5, 2023 5:00 PM EDT
Robert Land Academy
6727 South Chippawa Rd, Wellandport, ON  L0R 2J0

About The Fall Exercise

The Fall Exercise will start early in the morning on Tuesday, October 3rd , and culminate October 5th at Queenston Heights with promotions for students who have earned new rank and presentation of Baker’s Badges. A BBQ is planned for the end of the third day, either at Queenston Heights or back on Academy grounds.


There are limited accommodations (both in number and luxury) on campus. Alumni should indicate during registration that they would like to stay on campus. Those accommodations will be on a first come, first booked basis.

If you prefer to stay in a local hotel the alumni association has secured a block of rooms for $119 per night at the Casablanca Hotel. You MUST reserve by phone. Details willl be included in an email sent to you after you register.

Alumni who choose to march the first day and are registered to stay on campus can arrive on Monday, October 2nd after 3 pm.


There will be an opportunity for campus tours as well as to purchase items from the Quarter Master. Alumni also have the opportunity to add to their personal collection of accomplishments and accoutrements. Alumni in attendance will be presented with a colour-coded Bakers Badge representing the number of Fall Exercises you have successfully completed! 


The Fall Exercise is approximately 70 km marched over three days along the Niagara Escarpment, up and down hills, along walkways or paths in the woods. We strongly suggest you begin training now, if you haven't done so already. To get a better Idea of the schedule and requirements please click the ling below and read carefully before registering.



Fall Ex Shirt

Each full (three Days) registrant will receive an alumni Fall X T-shirt. If you choose to only participate for one or two of the days their will be an option during registration to purchase one for an addition $20.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations completed after Sept. 1st may NOT receive a shirts due to ordering deadlines.

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Every fall for some 40 plus years, cadets of the Robert land Academy have engaged in a three day exercise in the heart of the Niagara region. It is an exercise that is as much mental as it is physical and is designed to bring the Academy together as a team. It is the one activity every cadet no matter how old remembers because it required the greatest effort and provided the greatest reward. Not to mention we were all sore at Thanksgiving dinner. 

This year's exercise will take place from October 3rd to October 5th. Below, you will find out a little bit more about the current day exercise and what to expect. This is the third consecutive year that the Academy has invited back alumni. We are excited and look forward to seeing you and sharing the experience.

In the past we have alumni attend ranging in age from 17 to 57, of all shapes and sizes and from a broad range of the Academy’s past.  Most everyone fits in very quickly as we have a common past and as a team once again we have a challenge to conquer together.

You are welcome to attend all three days, any portion of the days, or simply partake in the BBQ at the finish line (Queenston Heights). Registrants are welcome to a Bunk in Fitzgibbon hall (Space is limited to the first 10 registrants) or can choose to stay off campus at a local hotel (more details to come). The Academy will feed us 3 squares a day if you so choose or you are welcome to have breakfast and dinner off campus.

Below is a tentative schedule more to give you an idea of what to expect. You are welcome to partake in any or all of the days or just come for the barbeque.


Fitness Level

As a note of both caution and respect for Academy resource, you need to be prepared for the March. Day one in particular is very rigorous and could easily result in your injury or medical emergency if you are not prepared. Also, you may discover that you're not 17 anymore and want a drive to the endpoint. These events use up Academy resources that should be focused on the cadets. That being said no one is going to leave you stranded and if you need to be pick up you will be taken care of.

Unless you are an avid walker or runner, we would highly recommend the following prior to your arrival.

AUG-SEPT           4 X 6k walk in Boots

                             3 X 12K walk in boots

                             Avid walkers or runners should do so in boots.

I remember coming back to do the exercise the fall after my grad year. Didn’t think much of it as only three months had passed, and I was in great shape. Mistake! It killed me at 19.  Do the minimum preparatory walks and you will be in good shape.

Kit List:

·       Hiking pants and Short

·       T-Shirt

·       Extra socks

·       Rain Gear both top and Bottom

·       Hiking Boots (Day 1 a must)

·       Hiking Shoes (Day 2 and 3)

·       Sun Hat and Sun Screen

·       Blister meds check Amazon.

·       Advil (A saviour each night for a traumatized body😊)

·       Bug Juice

·       Canteen or water blader 2L minimum.

·       Pedia Light or electrolyte additive for your water helps.

·       A wicked awesome attitude!

·       All clothing must be in good repair, no jeans or shirts with logos other than academy issued clothing.

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Robert Land Academy
Robert Land Academy is a not-for-profit private boarding school for boys in Grades 5 through 12. The Academy uses a miliatary model as the foundation for a highly structured school program with an emphasis on academic remediation, university admission and the development of self-care, self-discipline, and self-direction that allows students to reach their full potential. For more than a decade each graduatiing class has had 100% acceptance into post-secondary programs of their choice.
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