Activities: Week of December 4

We had a fun week of celebrations and performances.  Friday evening’s parade was made extra special as we saw 38 cadets graduate and officially join the 2 VanadenBos squadron having completed their foundational training under the leadership of FSgt Wainwright and Sgt Sampson.  We were also privileged to witness the Departure with Dignity celebration for Capt Brenda Burns in recognition for her years of service to the crown. 

On Saturday, more than 50 cadets and a some officers represented the squadron in the Whitby Santa Claus parade.  The cadet flight was led by WO2 Leone who had everyone marching tall and looking sharp while the band had children singing Jingle Bells off the start, and even more singing to Frosty the Snowman.  The band then headed to Port Perry to prepare for their 1st evening parade.   Much of the music was played from memory as the sun went down.  Well done!
 
Pictures from most activities can be found on our facebook page 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron (Official).  Check out below for instructions on how to like and share the page so you as well as family and friends can follow the Squadron’s activities, see what we have going on and catch glimpses of cadets they may know.
 
We’re not slowing down yet so here’s some info. for the upcoming activities.
 
Highlights:
 
Note:  this week’s parade is on Thursday, Dec. 8 @ the Hangar
 
  • DRPS Toy Drive:  We saw a good start to the Food & Toy drive on Friday!  Please continue to bring non-perishable food or new toys until 16 Dec.  See Sgt Cook if you have questions.
  • C130 Tour:  There’s a limited number of spots available for an exciting C130 tour at Oshawa Airport’s Main Terminal (not the hangar) on Sat.,Dec. 10 from 1300-1400.  Contact FSgt Kalogerakis to check space availability if you’re interested.
  • Tri-Service Dinner & Dance:  For those who purchased tickets, have fun on Friday!  Girls should be wearing dresses that are shorter than finger tips to knees.  Guys will be in their full or mess dress.  Enjoy!
  • Chartwell Band Performance:  Tuesday the band will perform at the Chartwell Wynfield Retirement Residence at 431 Woodmount Dr, Oshawa, ON L1K 0P7. Drop off for 6:30pm, pick up at 8:45pm.  Dress is full. Please bring instruments and all music.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Dec. 5, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30pm-8:45pm:  Band performs at Chartwell Retirement Residence.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7pm-9pm: Ground School (Nat’l Camp qualified cadets)
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:45pm-9:30pm:  Parade night at the Hangar, full dress.
  • Friday, Dec. 9, Tri-Service dance:  If you have your tickets, have fun!

Additional reminders: 

  • Dec. 16 will be a Mess dinner at 420 Wing.  Dress is mess dress, if possible.  A refundable $10 deposit will be collected 2 Dec and 8 Dec to be returned to the cadets that attend.  It will be a great opportunity to learn the mess traditions associated with the mess dinner and enjoy social time.
  • Dec. 23 regular training is cancelled.  Enjoy the holidays!
  • Sign ups for 20 cadets for the new Toastmaster Youth Leadership Program will be available Thurs., Dec. 8.  We need the forms back to secure your spot for Jan. 9 start.
  • Cadets can sign up for Power famil for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC. Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • All cadets need to pick up their lotto books who haven’t already done so and start to return their stubs for the draw.

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Parade Reminder – Tomorrow

Please come out and march with the squadron in tomorrows parade!

The squadron’s position  in the parade is #52 on Manning – part way between Brock and Garden on Manning. For those watching the parade, that means we’ll be at the 1/2 way point.

Band members should arrive for 8:30am.

All other cadets should arrive for 9am

Whitby Santa Claus Parade Details

Hello cadets!

On Saturday all cadets are encouraged to attend this community event.  It is a fun opportunity to get outside, march with pride as members of the Whitby community. Details for the day are the following:

All cadets (except band):

  • Drop Off Time:  9:00am
  • Drop Off Location:  Manning & Garden St.
  • Pick up Time:  11:30am
  • Pick Up Location:   behind the Rotary Park
  • Dress:  Full dress & parkas, gloves.  New cadets wear black & white w/ jacket, gloves

Band (continuing on to the Port Perry parade)

  • Drop Off Time:  8:30am
  • Drop Off Location:  Manning & Garden St.
  • Pick up time:  7:45pm  (Bus will transport cadets from Whitby to Port Perry parade)
  • Pick up Location: Hangar, Enterprise Airlines
  • Dress:  Full dress & parkas, gloves.  New cadets wear black & white w/ jacket, gloves

Whitby Parade Route for reference:

parade-route

 

Activities: Week of November 27

Last week was a fantastic week of activities for the cadets.  Above & beyond the regular great programs, the band performed at Amica for an overflowing room of residents, marched in the Pickering parade and performed at the Chartwell Retirement residence.  Cadets also attended the Slice of Life to help Rotary host the tables with special speakers talking about living in the world of AIDS/HIV.  Both events were profound and rewarding in their own way.

Friday night was full of fun with the sports night and our raffle.  Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the SSC who spearheaded the fundraising opportunity and to all of the parents, friends and family who purchased or sold tickets.  More communication on that to follow!

Some highlights for the upcoming week include:

Shiny Boot Award:   Are your boots shining so that you can almost see your reflection?  If they are, you may be the recipient of the 1st Shiny Boot award.  Make your best effort to get your boots shiny.  If you need help reach out to your flight commander or ask a senior to show you how.  Check out Capt Hutchuk’s as an example to follow!

New Recruit Information Night:  Invite your friends to learn more about the program.  All youth 12+ are invited to attend at Donald A. Wilson @ 7pm on Dec. 2.

Recruit Graduation:  this will be an exciting time to see our fall 2016 recruits graduate on Dec. 2 and formally welcome them to 2 VandenBos squadron.  All are welcome to attend!

Departure with Dignity Ceremony:  a special ceremony with presentations to be held also on Dec. 2.

DRPS Toy Drive:  Cadets are invited to bring new toys, not wrapped, to training nights from 2 Dec to 16 Dec.  See Sgt Cook if you have questions.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Nov. 28, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30pm-9pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7pm-9pm: Ground School (Nat’l Camp qualified cadets)
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 7pm-9pm:  Range night at the hangar for cadets that signed up.
  • Friday, Dec. 2, 6:45pm-9:30pm:  Parade, New Recruit info. night, Recruit graduation at Donald A. Wilson and Departure with Dignity ceremony.  C1 dress, uniforms pressed & well turned out, boots shining.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3:  All cadets to attend the Whitby Santa Claus parade.  Meet up details to follow.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3:  Band will participate in the Port Perry parade later in the day.  Details to follow.

Please also pay attention below … there is a lot in the upcoming weeks! 

  • Dec. 8 will be training night at the Hangar since the Tri-Service will be on Dec. 9
  • Dec. 9 is the Tri-Service dinner & dance. Friday, Dec. 2 is the last night to get your tickets.  Cost is $25/person.  See Sgt Sampson.
  • Dec. 16 will be a Mess dinner at 420 Wing.  Dress is mess dress, if possible.  A refundable $10 deposit will be collected 2 Dec and 8 Dec to be returned to the cadet that attend.  It will be a great opportunity to learn the mess traditions associated with the mess dinner.
  • Dec. 23 regular training is cancelled.  Enjoy the holidays!
  • Cadets can sign up for Power famil for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC. Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • All cadets need to pick up their lotto books and start to return their stubs for the draw.