Activities: Week of May 25th

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, May 26th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Drill Team
Wednesday, May 27th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, May 27th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night – Practice for Annual
Friday, May 29th at Iroquois Park Sports Centre
500 Victoria St West, Whitby
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is Summer Dress. 

Annual Review
Saturday, May 30th at Iroquois Park Sports Centre
Cadets to arrive at 9:30 am
Review starts at 12:30 pm

Squadron Banquet
Sunday, May 31st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dress: Full dress for cadets, evening wear for civilians, and mess kit for officers.
More details will be posted separately.

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The Aeronca Aircraft Project – Summer Course Opportunity

Note:  Applications are still being accepted until May 29th! At last check there were still some spots available.

Are you a cadet, 15 years of age or older?  Have you completed Grade 9?  Are you interested in aviation technology and maintenance?

This is the seventh year of this successful and popular course.  In July 2015, the Aeronca Aircraft Project Committee plans to continue the Aeronca Aircraft Project – Aviation Technology and Maintenance Course — to train Air Cadets in the skills of aviation technology and maintenance.  This program intends to garner interest in the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA), to provide an Aviation Technology High School Credit Course, and to bring together Cadets who have an interest in the maintenance area of the aviation world. The Committee extends the Aviation Program with “hands-on” training and skill in aircraft technology and maintenance to Air Cadets.

Want to learn more about this summer course opportunity?

Interested in applying?

  • Get the Registration Form here:  2015 Aeronca Registration Form
  • Notify the Commanding Office, Major Howie, who will also need to sign your application.

Note: Applications for this course must be received by the Course Coordinator no later than May 29, 2015, but space is limited to 20 cadets so don’t wait if you are interested.

Camp Notice

Are you a 12-13 year old female cadet?  Do you have a camp?

If you do not currently have a summer camp and are interested in attending General Training please contact Capt Hutchuk or Maj Howie as soon as possible  We have been notified of additional openings for this course in early July.

This has been sent to all squadrons in our area so please apply quickly if you are interested.

Annual Review and Banquet

Parents / guardians and friends of the squadron, mark your calendars with these two very important dates:

1.   Saturday, May 30, 2015 –  Annual Ceremonial Review 
The Annual Ceremonial Review will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm.  This annual event takes place at Iroquois Sports Complex and is open to all families, friends and community partners. Cadets will showcase all they have learned throughout the year and following the review awards will be presented by dignitaries and members of our community.
Note:  This activity is mandatory for all cadets.  Parents and friends can attend for free.

2.  Sunday, May 31, 2015  –  Squadron Formal Banquet
Everyone is invited to the Annual Banquet.  It will be held at Enterprise Airlines Hangar on Sunday, May 31st at 4:00 pm.

There will be cadet presentations, awards, special celebrations and maybe even a special guest speaker.  This is the last opportunity to get together before the summer break.  There will be no year end BBQ this year.  The year end awards will be presented at the banquet.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale this week.  Tickets will be limited and will not be sold at the door.  Last day to purchase banquet tickets:  Friday, April 24, 2015

Banquet Ticket prices:

Adults and youth 12 years of age and over:  $25
Youth  2 – 11 years of age:  $10
Under 2:  Free

Cadets MUST prepay $10, but will get it back when they come to the banquet.  If a cadet has paid but does not attend the banquet, they will not get their $10 back.

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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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 https://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/squadron-locations/ and are also included in both the weekly email notices and the Squadron online calendar  https://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