Activities: Week of Sept 15th

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.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Sep 16th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Band Practice
Wednesday, Sep 17th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Sep 17th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Friday, Sep 19th at Donald A Wilson Secondary School
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is summer dress

New Recruit Information Night
Friday, Sep 19th at Donald A Wilson Secondary School
681 Rossland Rd W, Whitby, ON, Canada
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Battle of Britain
Sunday, Sep 21st at 420 Wing, 1000 Stevenson Road N
Cadets are to arrive at 12:30 pm and should be picked up at 3:00 pm
Note: This is a mandatory parade.

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Welcome Back to the 2014-2015 Program

A Great BIG Welcome to all Air Cadets and Parents!

On behalf of the squadron staff and sponsoring committee we would like to welcome you back to our 2014-2015 program. We can’t wait to hear all those wonderful stories from the cadets who attended the various camps!

Once again, staff and volunteers have worked hard to ensure this year’s program is full of opportunities for the cadets to grow and expand their skills, knowledge and friendships.

Our regular training night is on Fridays at Donald A. Wilson S.S.   Please refer to the calendar on the website for complete and accurate information on all of the squadron’s activities.

Canteen
Canteen will start as of Friday, September 12, 2014.  For those who are new to the program, our volunteers set up a canteen where cadets can purchase drinks and snacks during the break.  In order to keep prices low, we are asking for your support. If you would like to donate canteen items, we would greatly appreciate it.  Please feel free to drop them off during any parade night.

Sample canteen items: Chocolate Bars  (Peanut free), Pop (Coke, Root Beer, Orange and Ice Tea), Water (Both regular and flavoured), Juices, and Chips (28g size bag).

Banquet
Our banquet will be on Saturday, November 22, 2014.   All parents, cadets, friends and their families are invited.  More info to follow. At this time, we are asking for donations that can be used as raffle items.  Please see Mr. Rankin for more info.

Newsletters
Cadets will receive a detailed info package on Friday, September 19.  It will explain our fund raising plan for the year and include lots of important info.

Parents:  Make sure you ask your cadet for that package as it will be distributed to everyone on that Friday.

2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadets staff and Squadron Sponsoring Committee members would like to THANK everyone for their support.  Together, we can make this a great year for our air cadets.  If you have any questions, please email us at:    2vandenbosssc@gmail.com

New Recruit Information Night

Thank you for your interest in 2 VandenBos Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron! We hope you have had a safe and happy summer!

Our program is open to all youths aged 12-18.  While most Cadets begin at age 12, those who join later have the option of being accelerated to train with their peer group.

At present, 2 VandenBos parades on Friday evenings, from 6:30pm until 9:30pm, at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School, located at 681 Rossland Rd W in Whitby.  On occasion, we are required to move our training location and training night to Thursdays at Enterprise Airlines Hangar, located at 1190 Keith Ross Dr in Oshawa, as a result of School Board Schedules and public holidays.  These changes are announced well in advance.

If your child is interested in joining our program, we will be holding two Recruit Information Sessions, on Friday, September 19th and Friday, September 26th,  beginning at 7:00 pm at Donald A. Wilson SS., where all of your questions will be answered.  We will continue to accept new recruits throughout September and October.  Those interested who will not have reached the minimum age will be invited to return for a second recruit class beginning later in the training year, and are still encouraged to attend one of our September Information Sessions.

Additional information on 2 VandenBos squadron can be found at www.2vandenbos.org.  If you consult the ‘Join Us!’ page, you will find a list of all the required documentation to join.  Please keep an eye on the website for any other updates, and be sure to follow up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/2WhitbyAirCadets.

Thank you once again for your interest and support! We look forward to meeting with you.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new training year. From first looks it is starting out busy.

So far it is looking like we are going to be back at Donald A Wilson High School on Friday nights, so the majority of the schedule will continue from last year. Not all activities are starting the first month for the weekly ones but they will be updated with a notice from each team.

We are hosting a welcome back BBQ for returning cadets on Friday Sept 5 at the hanger. This is a relaxed dress night.  At the BBQ we would like to confirm everyone’s contact phone numbers and addresses. We encountered some issue with trying to contact some for summer camps where people had only given us a cadets cell phone and we had no contact with a parent when the minutes were gone.

Cadets with uniform problems please bring them in at the BBQ and we will see about what we have to trade and what we need to order right away.

First up for this year is an early trip to the gliding field on Saturday 13 Sept. Sgt Marshall will be looking for names to go at the BBQ. Next is the Battle of Britain parade this year on Sunday 21 Sept at the 420 Wing Oshawa Airport South Field.

For the Seniors this year we have a new training weekend that has the dates confirmed for Fri 24 Oct to Sun 26 Oct. This will also be a weekend that some level 5’s may be at the Detachment level 5 seminars depending upon availability.

For a winter exercise this year we are moving to Ganaraska Forest Centre on 30 Jan to 01 Feb. This will be a similar setup to what we have had in the past but with some changes to keep it fresh for the new year.

For those that want to look at the calendar as soon as we get it updated please bookmark this site and we will post details as soon as we get them. http://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/calendar/

 

Has your contact info changed?

Major Howie is currently contacting each cadet directly about their summer camp travel instructions. While doing this he has found several cadets that have changed their contact information and not provided updates to the unit.

If you have changed your contacts (home, cell, office numbers or email address) please let the unit know ASAP, by email:  ihowie@2vandenbos.org.  It is your camp opportunity that we are calling about!  It could be travel instructions, or it could be a camp offer.

 

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