L1 Uniform Distribution; Group Lists

Please find your name on the list and plan to arrive for that time.  We have a lot of distributions to get through and will be as organized and quick as possible but your patience is appreciated.  If your name is not on the list but you are a L1 cadet, please plan to come to the Hangar for Supply on Wednesday evening between 7pm-9pm.


How exciting that your cadets will be dressed in uniform for the next CO parade on Friday!

Activities: Week of Jan. 22, 2017

It’s a great time to be part of 2 VandenBos!  At Friday night’s parade you heard about upcoming activities including a band weekend, the winter training exercise in Ganaraska, range competition, ski day, exertion competition, and sports night.  Keep an eye for calendar and website updates and details.  In addition 42 level 1 cadets will be given uniforms this week and is a reminder that our squadron is growing.  Each new cadet brings more energy and ideas, more opportunities to lead.  Now more than ever, all staff and volunteer efforts are appreciated.

CO Message:

You are a great group of growing leaders.  That said, remember that you always a cadet – at training, school and other activities.  Always strive to do and be your best and to represent the squadron well.  Always remember to look for the good.

Upcoming Highlights:

  • Ski day:  There’s still space for the ski day to Mount St. Louis on Sat., Feb. 25.  It’s open to everyone, new or experienced, for skiers or snowboarders.  To reserve your spot, get your $10 for Sgt Hiltz.  Full payment is due for Feb 17.  Full details and costs for the day have been published under a separate post.
  • Band weekend:  this upcoming weekend is a clinic and competition preparation at Anderson High, 400 Anderson St., Whitby.  Saturday will be a clinic open to those that play instruments but you do not have to be in the band to attend.  Message CV Lockhart at sean.lockhart@rogers.com if you are interested.  Lunch and light snacks will be provided for both days.  Pls bring your water bottles.
    • Saturday:  Please wear red squadron shirts for those that have them.  Bring your instruments, music.
    • Sunday:  Regular civilian clothing.  No ripped T’s, or tucked in shirts, etc.  Bring your instruments, music and boots.
  • Ajax Down Fundraiser:  Plan to have lunch and use your credit to try your hand at the slots.  A1 Connecting is hosting this event on our behalf.  Details have been posted separately.  Items for the silent auction are appreciated. Drop ins welcome but if you know you’re attending, message edward@a1auto.ca.
  • Summer Camps:  The opportunity to apply for summer camp has reopened.  Click here to print your application and submit by Friday, January 27 to 2Lt Farid.  Your camp selections will also be posted to double check for any changes or additions before final submissions are made to national.
  • New Uniform distribution:  Level 1 cadets should plan to come to the Hangar, portable 2, on Monday evening.  Watch for a separate posts with your name and time to arrive.  *The help of 2-3 Sgt. or FSGt’s is needed to help with distribution.  Pls contact ChrisBain84@hotmail.com if available.  
  • Winter Field Training Exercise:  This is mandatory training and be held in Ganaraska from Feb. 10-12.  (Transportation provided from the Hangar.)  If you absolutely cannot attend, pls speak with Lt. Wainwright.
  • Shiny Boot Award:  Next week will be a CO parade and also an opportunity to receive the shiny boot award!  This means that your boots need to be the shiniest and that your dress and deportment must be to standards.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
    • Note:  Effective Speaking will be in the Durham Flight Center upstairs at the Hangar
  • Monday, Jan. 23, 7:15pm & 8:15pm:  L1 uniform distribution, portable 2. 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm-9pm:  National Interview preparation at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Jan. 26, 7pm-9pm: Rifle – for those that get called for the team.  
  • Friday, Jan. 27, 6:45pm-9:30pm: CO parade, at Donald A. Wilson, full dress.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:00am – 4:00pm:  Band clinic at Anderson P.S. Details above.
  • Sunday, Jan. 29, 9:00am – 4:00pm:  Band comp. preparation, Anderson P.S.
  • Sunday, Jan. 29. 12:30pm – 3:00pm:  Lunch & fundraiser at Ajax Downs w/ A1 Connecting.
SSC Reminders:
  • Power famil:  Cadets can sign up for Power familiarization for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC.  Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • Lottery books:  There are many cadets that have not yet picked up a lottery book.  Thanks to those that have.  The money raised is important to supporting squadron activities.  The OPC Lottery ticket funds are shared between the selling squadron and the OPC.  Each squadron puts their portion towards their program while the OPC uses their portion to fund the gliding grogram that is available to all squadrons in Ontario.  Books are available on parade nights from the SSC.  Please be sure to get yours if you don’t have it already.  All stubs need to be returned by March 3 to be entered in the draw.
  • Spring Tagging:  Amazing how time flies!!  Please make note in your calendars for March 30 – April 2. This is our big tagging weekend, one of our largest fundraisers.  It is mandatory for all cadets and support from parents, staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure it’s success. 

Aerospace Study Scholarships


The Ontario Aerospace Council is pleased to be able to offer 3 scholarships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year for students going into or currently enrolled in an aerospace studies program at a post-secondary institution (college or university) in Ontario.


http://www.aircadetleague.on.ca/index.php/2017/01/scholarship-notice/ for full details! The deadline is May 15, 2017.  Help spread the word!

Ski Day details; Saturday, Feb. 25

Cadets, a ski and snowboard day is being planned for Saturday, Feb. 25 at Mount St. Louis.  The day is intended for cadets to be able to have an active day of fun, socializing and perhaps try something new.  You do not need to be experienced or have your own equipment to attend… just a willingness to give it a try and have some fun.


In advance, here’s what you need to do:

1)  Secure your spot on the bus with a $10 deposit to Sgt Hiltz starting Friday, Jan. 20th.
2)  Review and decide what package is needed.
3)  Bring the remaining balance (Cost – $10 paid to secure spot) by Feb. 17.
Note:  If you pay the deposit but do not attend, the deposit will not be reimbursed. 
Note:  Payment options include exact cash or cheque to 2 Whitby RCACS – SSC.


Rates are the following (including taxes):

  • Student Lift ticket (age 12-17):  $46.33
  • Adult lift ticket (18+):  $57.63
  • All Mountain pkg (Lift + rental skis/boots/poles or snowboard & boots):  $85.88
  • Beginner pkg (beginner area lift, 1.5hr group lesson and rentals as per #2):  $91.53
  • Helmet w/ package rental: $6.78 Note that a Hemet is required to participate

On ski/snowboard day:

1)  Pack a lunch or bring money to eat at the hill.
2)  Arrive at the Hangar at 6:30am for a 7:00am departure.
3)  Be back on the bus for 5:00pm departure from Mount St. Louis
4)  Parents be ready at the hangar for 7:30pm for a satisfied and tired child.
Happy skiing & snowboarding!!

2017 Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal

We are now in the process of accepting applications for the 2017 Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal.
Selection Criteria 

The recipient must have a complete knowledge of the activities of the cadet movement and have:

  1.  a high level of physical fitness;
  2.  attended at least one summer training course of at least three weeks;
  3.  qualified and completed level 3 of the Air Cadet Training Program;
  4.  met all requirements of their sqn’s mandatory training program and attended at least 85% of  the scheduled training parade nights in the year of nomination;
  5.  completed a minimum of three years as a cadet; and
  6.  be regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet.

If you feel that one of the senior cadets meets the criteria for this award, please write a brief (no more than one page) note and give a copy to either Bill Rankin or Lt Erdelyi this coming Friday night, January 20, 2017 so that we can add your input to staff feedback to help the nominating committee make their decision.  In particular if you feel that there are any Flight Corporals or Sergeants who ought to be nominated, that would be very helpful. 

Thank you.