Award Nomination Deadline extended to March 13th

Nominate a Cadet for the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence

Every year, there are opportunities for cadets to earn several awards.  One of these awards is the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence.

We are offering cadets and their families an opportunity to nominate any cadet they feel deserves this medal.

Please read the criteria and award description carefully and if you wish to nominate a cadet that meets the criteria, please follow the rules on how to nominate (form below).  Cadets can nominate themselves or a fellow cadet.

RCL_Medal_Application_for_Consideration

 

Activities: Week of Mar 2nd

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, Mar 2nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rifle Team
Monday, Mar 2nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Shooting at this time is by invitation only and is NOT open to the general population of cadets.  Those who simply show up uninvited will be turned away

Band Practice
Tuesday, Mar 3rd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Drill Team
Wednesday, Mar 4th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Mar 4th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Band Practice
Thursday, Mar 5th at Brooklin Village PS
25 Selkirk Drive, Whitby
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night  – Sports Night
Friday, Mar 6th at Donald A Wilson Secondary School
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress appropriately for sports: shoes, shorts / track pants, and squadron t-shirt.

Girls Take Flight
Saturday, Mar 7th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Female cadets will have a table at this event, and run some activities for the young visitors, to promote the Air Cadet Squadron and program. (All cadets are welcome to visit the event.)

Refer to the Event Poster for more information on the event.

If you know of some women and girls (aged 8 years and older), who have never been for a flight in a small aircraft, encourage them to register now at WomenOfAviationWeek.org

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Youth in Policing – DRPS Summer Job Opportunity

If you are not applying to a summer cadet camp this year, you may be interested in this opportunity:

Do you know a youth looking for a fun, engaging, and meaningful summer employment opportunity? The Durham Regional Police Service is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Youth in Policing Student and Team Leader positions!

The Youth In Policing Initiative, run in collaboration with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, is an eight-week summer employment opportunity for youth ages 15-18, residing in Durham Region. Throughout the eight weeks, youth will interact with, and learn about, the many aspects of policing, have the opportunity to serve their community, and learn about leadership and teamwork. Students may be eligible to receive two high school credits for their participation in the program, and many other certifications are possible through the program.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, click this link to the Durham Regional Police site: http://www.drps.ca/internet_explorer/whatsnew/whatsnew_view.asp?Related_With=Top_Story&Scope=&Scope_ID=&ID=29220

 

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!

CCO Canadian Cadet Organizations

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