Spring Tagging Weekend

Friday, Apr 17th to Sunday, Apr 19th
Our tagging weekend is almost here.  For those of you new to the squadron, we tag twice a year (once in the fall, once in the spring). This is our BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT source of revenue.  Funds raised through tagging help pay for many cadet activities.  Remember, we do not charge cadets to join the program but we do expect them to participate in this very important weekend. Note: Cadets who do not participate in tagging will not be considered for the year-end citizenship trip.

This activity is mandatory for all cadets.

On Thursday night, we will be sending out a small number of cadets in levels 2 and 3 to tag. This does not count as a tagging shift as it is a regular training night.  Tagging will take place on Friday through to Sunday. ALL cadets have been assigned shifts.

Shifts were posted last Friday and will be posted again this week.  If you need to change your shift or add more shifts, please email WO2 Kalogerakis or WO2 Mahajan at: tagging@2vandenbos.org

Shift Times:

  • Friday:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

As announced last Friday, if the top tagging / fundraising cadet this weekend reaches $1,000.00 raised, they will get their year-end trip paid for.  The second place cadet will receive $75 towards the payment of their trip.

We also need PARENT DRIVERS to help drive cadets to their tagging locations.
Please bring your insurance papers and come see CV Michelle Hiltz or CV Rodney Romain at the SSC table, or to the tagging ‘head quarter’ location for the day, to sign up!

Below are the tagging ‘head quarters’ locations for the weekend:

  • Friday & Saturday:  Emmanuel Reformed Church, 401 Rossland Road W, Whitby
  • Sunday:  Enterprise Airlines Hangar, 1190 Keith Ross Dr, Oshawa

See Squadron Locations for maps.

Activities: Week of Apr 13th

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.

Debate Team
Monday, Apr 13th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rifle Team & Familiarization Shooting – Participation Limited (see below)
Monday, Apr 13th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Familiarization shooting this week is for the Level 1 cadets who have not been out to shoot yet, and for the Level 2 cadets that spoke with Capt Goodall on Training Night.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Apr 14th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Bring your parade boots.

Drill Team
Wednesday, Apr 15th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This is a mandatory practice.
Bring your parade boots, wedges and a water bottle.

Supply Night
Wednesday, Apr 15th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Thursday, Apr 16th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is Full Dress.
Note: Some Level 2 and Level 3 cadets will be tagging on Thursday night. Look sharp!

Tagging This Weekend!
Thursday, Apr 16th to Sunday, Apr 19th
Tagging is the most important fundraiser for the squadron.  Funds raised pay for our parade and activity locations, cadet activities, and generally make the program possible.  Your enthusiastic participation is required.

All cadets have been assigned their tagging shifts.  Parent volunteers are required to drive cadets to and from their locations.  SSC members are very busy during this activity so additional help is needed and appreciated to help us have a very successful tagging weekend.

Watch for more posts this week with more specifics regarding tagging.

Spring Gliding – Level 1 Cadets only
Saturday, Apr 18th at Mountain View Airport
Drop off and pick up is at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
Cadets are to be dropped off at the Hangar at 6:30 am, and picked up at 3:00 pm.
A bus will take participating cadets to Mountain View Airport. Lunch will be provided.
Health cards are mandatory for gliding and will be checked before you get on the bus.
Gliding is on an open field and often cooler than in Whitby, so warmer clothing is recommended.

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News from your Squadron Sponsoring Committee – Week of Apr 6

Spring Tagging  –  April 16-19, 2015
Please note all cadets have been assigned their shifts.  We need many parent volunteers to help drive cadets to and from their locations.  Please come see us with your insurance and driver’s license information.

Click here for more info on this very important fund raiser.

Annual Ceremonial Review  –  Saturday May 30, 2015
This is a mandatory parade for all cadets. Parents, friends and members of the community are invited to the parade.  Our reviewing officer this year is BGen David Patterson, MSM, CD (Deputy Commander of the 4th Canadian Division).  This is a very important parade.  We have special guests from the Legion, 420 Wing, Rotary and many other supporters as well as prominent business members from the community.   Cadets will showcase what they have learned throughout the year and some special awards will be handed out.

All families and friends are invited!

Annual Formal Banquet  –  Sunday May 31, 2015
Tickets are now on sale for the annual banquet.  Don’t miss out on this great evening. There will be cadet presentations, awards, prizes and much more.  Tickets are $25 for anyone 12 years of age and over, $10 for youth between 2 and 11 years old.  Cadets pre-pay $10 but get it back when they come to the banquet.

Tickets are available only until Friday April 24, 2015.  There will be no tickets available at the door.  Don’t miss out!

The banquet is the perfect way to end the year!  We are also looking for raffle items.  If you have anything to donate, please see Mr. Rankin on parade nights.

Power Familiarization Flights UPDATE
There have been recent changes from DND.  We are no longer allowed to fly air cadets at night.  This is why we had to temporarily stop.  We know several cadets have already paid and we are happy to say we are planning an “Airport Operations Day” on Saturday May 9th.  We will fly cadets all morning and the afternoon is reserved for a special guest and other airport related activities.  Our special guest is a search and rescue technician from 424 squadron.  He will talk to the cadets about what it takes to become a search and rescue technician (SAR tech) and share missions and real operations with the cadets.  There’s also a possibility of visiting the air traffic control tower.  A fun day indeed!  Please sign up on parade nights.

Canteen donations
We continue to accept canteen donations.  Simply bring them in on any Friday night.


The Aeronca Aircraft Project – Summer Course Opportunity

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.

Year End Citizenship Trip to Chicago

Please note the letter that was handed out on parade night contains some errors.

The Spring Tagging weekend is on April 16 – 19, 2015.  Please mark this weekend on your calendars as this is our most important fund raiser of the year.

Cadets must participate in this important tagging weekend and cadets must have sold at least 1 lottery book in order to be eligible for the trip.

A corrected letter will be available next week. If you received a letter on Thursday (Apr 2nd), please pick up a replacement letter at Training Night on Friday, Apr 10th.

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.