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 Sunday 14 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