Join "Operation: Elf" and Volunteer with The Cadets This Spring, Summer

"12.25" Brings Holiday Spirit to the Volunteer Efforts

Santa knows Christmas is not a one-day event.

Months of preparation by an army of elves help support every aspect of a successful worldwide tour. From transportation to food preparation, sewing to general administrative duties, all jobs are all handled by a cadre of talented elves who willingly give of their time and talents to ensure a Merry Christmas for all.
While our task does not encircle the globe as does Santa’s, The Cadets’ tour needs the same sort of monumental effort, which is why The Cadets are asking you to be part of Operation: Elf for the 2012 season and make it a season to remember for The Cadets.
Operation: Elf is a 30-day campaign built on the principle of serving our members, staff and fellow elves with a Cadets-quality experience whether it is getting down the road, preparing four meals per day, cleaning, sewing, scrubbing or packing it up and doing it again the next day.
Providing a world champion experience off the field has been a trademark of The Cadets for decades, and with your commitment, 2012 will not be any different. Join with us in Operation: Elf and have an experience that will be as engaging as exhausting, invigorating and inspiring. If you’ve marched as a member of the corps or just watched from the stands, this is your chance to make your mark on a 78-year tradition of excellence.

Key Elf Roles Available

We have positions available that match your interest and skills. Or if you’d like to do something new and different while working alongside a great bunch of people, Operation: Elf would be a great place to do it. You do not have to be a chef to work with us in food service (but we do recommend that you have a valid driver’s license to drive one of our sleighs!)  Sign on TODAY for Operation: Elf.

Food Assistance Team — From serving, to cutting, to clean up and drink preparation, we have the need for six to eight folks per day to assist in the preparation of four meals a day. This is not a job that requires great skills, although great skills are good! We do need a lead cook and a food service leader. These gigs are all summer long and so come with a bit of cash! Write to George Hopkins directly about this at

Van & Small Truck Drivers (evening and overnight) —  We travel each evening, about six to eight hours, and we have 12 vehicles. Some are buses and trucks and we need folks with the appropriate license but we also have vans and SUVs. So if you like to drive at night cross country, sign up now!

Roadies — We are looking for four roadies to assist in the loading and unloading of trucks;  "Dr. Beat" guys, blogging the experience of the Cadets to the home office; and other tasks. These jobs are acceptable for those aged 18–21 who might not be able to be performing members of The Cadets.

Schedules Filling Fast

We have positions available from spring training through the end of tour, however spaces are filling up fast. Spring training in Johnstown begins May 12 and runs through June 7 when the corps hits the road. The tour runs from June 7–Aug. 14 when the corps caps off the season at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis. You do not have to commit to the entire tour, nor entire weeks, but the best volunteer experience usually consists of 7–10 days so that you can become familiar with your role and acclimated to hurtling down the road as part of the magnificent machine that is The Cadets.  Register here for Operation: Elf.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of Operation: Elf during spring training in Johnstown, Pa. or on the road this summer, please contact our Lead Elf Melissa Barlow at 610-821-0345 ext. 115 or at or complete the short survey at Operation: Elf.


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