News from your Squadron Sponsoring Committee

OPC Lottery Books
OPC Lottery books support Air Cadet League programs such as gliding and others.    All we ask is for each cadet to sell 1 book.  Book value is $50.  For those who have not yet picked one up, please come see us asap.

Cadets who have already picked up books:  Please don’t forget to submit the ticket stubs ASAP.

Cheques are made payable to:  2 Whitby RC Air Cadet SSC

Power Familiarization Flights
For only $15, cadets will learn all about power aircraft and even get to fly!!  Cadets will go up in groups of 3 and the flight can last anywhere between 45 min to 1 hr. Recruits can also pre-pay, but they will fly only after they graduate. We will be starting these flights in February!  Cadets who have already pre-paid will get to go up first.  Thank you all for your patience.

Kit Shop items for sale
We have some items for sale:  Hoodies, new t-shirts, belt buckles and some other items.   Please come see us.

VIMY 2017
Thank you to all the families who came to the info night.  If you missed it and would like to find out more about this educational trip, please come see us at the SSC table.

Spring Tagging:  April 9-12, 2015

Parents:   There have been some changes in the way cadets will be supervised while in public.  It is now mandatory to have an adult present at every tagging site.  At this time, we are asking for parents to come forward and let us know if they are available to help supervise during this very important fund raising weekend.  Revenues from tagging are our main source of funding and we truly value and appreciate your help in this.

Please come see the SSC if you can help supervise with some of the tagging shifts.  Together we can ensure another successful fund raising weekend!

Summer Camp Update

We have tabulated everyone’s summer camp applications and posted the list of cadets who have asked for a summer camp, and their camp selections, in the hangar last week. This list will be available again this week in the hangar.

Anyone that has not applied for a camp, or has checked the list and not found a camp next to their name, are asked to contact OCdt Farid this week, Wednesday or Thursday, before the end of the night at the hangar. This will be your last opportunity for any changes in your camp requests before the camp applications are submitted.

Activities: Week of Jan 26th

All upcoming activities are posted below for easy reference. Please check the listing now and ensure you check back periodically as further details may be added.

Effective Speaking
Monday, Jan 26th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rifle Team
Monday, Jan 26th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Shooting at this time is by invitation only and is NOT open to the general population of cadets.  Those who simply show up uninvited will be turned away.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Jan 27th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

National Camp Interview Preparation
Tuesday, Jan 27th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Drill Team
Wednesday, Jan 28th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Jan 28th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Thursday, Jan 29th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is Full Dress. New Recruits white shirt, black pants, black tie.
Recruits that received a uniform can wear it to Training Night.

Ganaraska Forest Winter FTX
Friday, Jan 30th to Sunday, Feb 1st
Drop off at Enterprise Airlines Hangar at 5:30 pm on Jan 30th
Pick up at Enterprise Airlines Hangar at 3:30 pm on Feb 1st
Please refer to the kit list to know what to bring.

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Feedback, Questions or Concerns from Cadets

Do you wish to provide feedback or have a question or a concern that needs to be addressed regarding your time in Cadets? Your feedback is important to us and there are a number of ways to have your voice heard:

Option 1 – Talk to an adult staff member at your Corps or Squadron. They are best equipped to help you out!

Option 2 – Talk to your parents or guardians and have them book an appointment to see your Commanding Officer if you don’t believe that things are getting better.

Option 3 – Either you, your parents or your guardians can contact the Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU). Their contact information is located by province at http://www.cadets.ca/en/contact-us.page.

Option 4 – If you are still having trouble finding someone to talk to or feel that your points need to be heard at the national level, you can contact us online by using our feedback form at http://www.cadets.ca/en/feedback.page. Remember, we can’t get in touch with you for more information or to let you know what steps we’ve taken to address your feedback, questions or concerns if you don’t provide us your contact information. However, you are able to send anonymous submissions.

We also have a presence on social media, and you can contact us through Facebook or Twitter to provide feedback or address questions or concerns. A list of our social media channels is available at www.cadets.ca/en/stay-connected.page.

Cadets, parents and community stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback in whatever way and platform they choose and we are working on ways to facilitate discussion through a variety of methods including social media. Using any of the options available through the CCO will ensure your comments are heard by program leadership and allow us to provide information and confirmation back.  We want to hear from you and know what you’re thinking. We’re listening!

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News from your Squadron Sponsoring Committee

Welcome Back & Happy New Year to all squadron families and friends!

Cadet Appreciation Dinner (Saturday December 13)  
Thank YOU to all who contributed to our food/toy drive benefitting the DRPS.  It was a fun and successful evening.  Cadets were thrilled to load the DRPS van.  We look forward to doing this again next year!

See our Facebook site for more photos of this event.

Cadet Appreciation Dinner 2014

OPC Lottery Books
Most cadets have picked up their lottery books.   For those who haven’t, this is your last chance to come get a book.   All fall recruits are encouraged to come and get a book as well.

Cadets who have picked up books:  Please don’t forget to submit the ticket stubs ASAP.

Thank you for your support.   Lottery Books support league programs such as gliding and others.

Cheques are made payable to:   2 Whitby RC Air Cadet SSC

 Kit Shop items for sale
We will have some items for sale this week.   Hoodies, new t-shirts, belt buckles and more.  Please download and print the 2_Kitshop_order_form2015 and bring it to the SSC table.

VIMY 2017 – Parent Info Night  
In April 2017, the squadron is considering a trip to France to be a part of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.  At this time, we want to hold an info session for the parents of cadets that are interested in finding out more.

Please come to the info session being held on Friday January 23 at 7pm.

We are parading at the hangar on that Friday.  Please meet us in the lobby and we will take you to the classroom where the session will be held.

An overview of the trip will be explained as well as costs associated with it.

Air Cadets celebrate 75 YEARS in 2016!
In 2016, it will be the 75th anniversary of the air cadet movement.  A pin has been approved and will be given to all cadets to wear.  There will be other events as well (more info later).  One of the events is a poster competition (starting in Jan 2015).    More info on this soon.

 Upcoming Dates
Spring Tagging :   April 9-12, 2015    

Please mark these dates in your calendar.   It’s our most important fund raiser of the year.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

What is a Squadron Activity?

As a notice to parents and guardians on the status of what is a Squadron Activity and what is not.

An activity that is approved by the Squadron has also been approved at our next level of Command for insurance purposes. Each of these activities includes at least one Squadron staff, or more, depending upon the number of cadets anticipated to be involved with the event.

Our normal venues are all documented on the Squadron Web page at http://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/squadron-locations/ and are also included in both the weekly email notices and the Squadron online calendar  http://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/calendar/.  With this you will notice that not one single persons home is listed as a valid location of a Squadron activity.

This being said, the purpose of this notice is not to stop cadets from getting together as friends outside of cadets but to ensure parents and guardians are aware of what is and is not a Squadron Activity, i.e. properly supervised cadet activity that is insured and what is just a private get together that is not covered by Military Supervision and League insurance.

In the instance of people who are affiliated with cadets getting together outside of a Squadron activity, the Squadron assumes no responsibility for either supervision of the event or any insurable event that may occur as a result of said event.  Any insurable event that occurs would be between the participants and the landlord of the property or others involved and will exclude the Air Cadet League, DND, Squadron and Staff.

Parents being told that an activity is a Squadron activity that does not fall in line with the above parameters are encouraged to call the Squadron phone at 905-243-8001 for any clarification.

The purpose, as I said before, is not to stop people from getting together but to provide parents and guardians with information to allow them, with their child, to make their own decision on the supervision and insurance available for the event that they have chosen to attend and the Squadron is not sponsoring.

Major Ian Howie
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby RC(Air)CS
905-243-8001