Activities: Week of Oct 20th

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, Oct 21st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Ground School
Wednesday, Oct 22nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Drill Team
Wednesday, Oct 22nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Oct 22nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Friday, Oct 24th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is summer dress.

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News from your Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC)

Community News 

On Friday October 17th, at Closing Parade, we will be welcoming Matt Cardwell and Ian McCutcheon.

Matt is the owner of 2 local pubs, a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, the founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals, former Whitby Dunlop hockey player and a proud supporter of our 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron.

Ian is a Whitby Chamber Member, involved with Business Development at ServiceMaster of Durham, who have been supporting 2 VandenBos for the past few years, and is on the Executive of the Whitby Dunlops.

Matt and Ian had the privilege of taking a private flight with one of our finest Cadets over our tagging weekend and are thoroughly impressed with what they have seen of our squadron, and what our cadets are able to achieve with hard work and perseverance.

Parents, please join us on Friday for our closing parade. Matt and Ian will speak about teamwork and what it takes to succeed in business. They have also arranged for $2 tickets for all cadets, their family members and their friends to attend the Home Opener of the Whitby Dunlops vs. Welland Whalers on October 25th!

Matt and Ian, on behalf of the Whitby Dunlops, will be donating the proceeds of each ticket sold by 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadets right back to our squadron!

“It takes a village to raise a child”. 2 VandenBos RCACS is part of that village for over 100 cadets. Over the training year we will introduce other community members who are helping 2 VandenBos in many ways. This week, please join us as we welcome Matt Cardwell and Ian McCutcheon to our “village” during Closing Parade at Enterprise Airlines Hangar on Friday October 17.

Have a great evening out with family and friends while supporting our Squadron! Purchase Whitby Dunlops Home Opener tickets for $2 each (no limit)! Tickets will be available on Friday, October 17th at The Enterprise Airlines Hangar.

Air Cadet League - OPC Lottery Books

Cadets should have picked up their lottery book by now. If you haven’t, you must come and get one asap in order to be eligible for the year end trip and for all social events. SSC subsidizes social events and the year end trip.       Selling a minimum of 1 book is a requirement.     In order to pick up your booklet, you need to bring a post dated cheque for $ 50.   Come see us if you have any questions.

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

Annual Banquet News

The banquet that had been scheduled for November 22, 2014 has been POSTPONED to May 2015.

A recent decision was made to have our annual banquet in May.   This will allow for all cadets and families to participate (both recruit courses). We will no longer have a year end BBQ; all the awards and prizes that we normally hand out at the year end BBQ will now be handed out at the year end banquet in May.

We are still accepting raffle prizes for the banquet. If you have anything to donate, please see Mr. Rankin.

Power Familiarization — Almost ready to get you off the ground!!

For only $ 15, cadets will learn all about power aircraft and even get to fly!!  Cadets will go up in groups of 3 at a time and the flight can last anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes. Cadets get to experience the preflight planning process, aircraft set up, airport environment from a pilot’s perspective and much more!

Recruits can also pre-pay; they will fly only after they graduate.

Kit shop  

We still have a couple of items for sale. New items coming soon.

The league has stopped printing the drill manuals at this time. We know they are very popular among our air cadets, so we are in the process of printing some on our own; we will let you know when they become available.

Canteen & Canadian Tire money

THANK YOU to all the families that have generously donated these items and who continue to donate.     We are always accepting canteen items and Canadian Tire money.

Come see us at the SSC table.

All squadron families (new recruits included)

Please stop by our SSC table when you drop off your cadet for a short SSC presentation.     It will start at 7pm and talk about the plans for the year ahead ( re fund raising, sponsorships, social activities, etc).

 Tagging Weekend THANK YOU

Thank you to all families and friends who helped make tagging weekend a success!   All cadets should be proud of what they accomplished together as a team.
See you this Friday at Enterprise Airlines Hangar (our major sponsor!)

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:  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 and are also included in both the weekly email notices and the Squadron online 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