Air Cadet League 75th Anniversary Poster Contest

All cadets across Canada have an opportunity to share their artistic talent in celebrating the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet League of Canada (ACLC) by producing an 11″ x 17″ poster and submitting it in a nationwide contest. As added incentive, there is prize money at the National level for 1st ($500), 2nd ($300), and 3rd ($200) place.

Individual squadrons are to judge their cadets’ submissions, and send the winning poster to the Ontario Provincial Committee for further judging. In Ontario, the deadline for submission of posters originally set as June 30 has been extended to Oct 15, 2015 in order to benefit from the summer months.  (In the event your squadron has completed the judging already, please send the poster in).

Judging of all submissions received from Ontario squadrons will take place at the AGM scheduled for 31 October. The winning cadet from the Ontario Provincial Committee’s entries will have an opportunity to attend the national Air Cadet Leadership Symposium in Ottawa (along with 5 other selected Ontario cadets and a total of 40 from across Canada) in November 18-22 – travel and accommodation expenses paid.

The winning poster will be then be submitted to Ottawa to be judged at the National Air Cadet League Semi Annual Meeting in mid-November.

Please find attached some documents that will assist you further:

  1. Registration Form and Contest Rules
  2. FAQ’s – responses to frequently asked questions
  3. Scoring Form – to assist with judging

Additional information is also available on the ACLC website at this link: http://aircadetleague.com/for-cadets-squadrons/contestcompetitions/poster-contest.

 

Summer Camp Clothing Update

There have been a number of questions arise pertaining to uniform items of clothing, including PT gear, that have traditionally had different means of distribution – from the Cadet Training Centre (CTC), from the squadron, already held by the cadet, etc. This is meant to clarify the sources of these items and add amplification.

Items of uniform clothing to be provided by the Cadet Training Centre:

  • Wide-brimmed (tilley) hat (x1) ** Cadets who have a serviceable tilley from prior cadet training are to bring it with them. This item will be retained by cadets at the conclusion of training.
  • Elemental t-shirt (x3) – if cadets have t-shirts from prior summers or the squadron, they should bring them with them. These items will be retained by cadets at the conclusion of training
  • Sweatshirt – returned at the conclusion of training for laundering and re-issue.
  • Sweatpants – returned at the conclusion of training for laundering and re-issue. Cadets on the first GT and Aviation serials will not likely be issued these due to the warmer dominating temperatures in July but these items become necessary for cadets here on longer courses or on later serials.
  • Poncho – returned at the conclusion of training for re-issue.

Items of uniform clothing to be provided by the squadron:

  • Normal cadet clothing issue as scaled for each cadet participating in the squadron program. This includes trousers, short-sleeve blue shirt, boots, wool socks, belt and wedge with RCACS badge. It is recognized that cadets already have these items but squadrons must take the time to ensure that they fit now and will remain serviceable throughout the summer. Very limited quantities of these items are held at the CTC for exchange; however, the issue and maintenance of these clothing items is a squadron responsibility.

Items of uniform clothing to be provided by the cadet and/or their family:

  • Running shoes appropriate to athletic activities including running and sports. (1 pair)
  • Shorts that are mid-thigh in length and are any of dark blue, black or grey (at least 2 pairs)

 

Summer Training/Camp Update

The itineraries for camps are beginning to come in. Not all have been received, but more are being received every day.  Officers are starting to call the cadets to provide the travel arrangements.

Reminder:

In order for cadets to get on the bus they will need the following:

  1.  Valid Heath Card, if there health card has expired and they have the temporary paper copy that is acceptable, they will need to show this to get onto bus.
  2. A signed copy of their offer, not a photo copy.
  3. A transportation form filled out, this will indicate if there parent is picking them up or they are taking the bus home.

Attached is a copy of the Cadet Transportation form.

Joining Instructions:

Below are the joining instructions for Blackdown, Connaught and Trenton. Please refer to these instructions for additional details, such as what to bring and what not to bring.

Blackdown-CTC-Joining-Instructions

Connaught-CTC-Joining-Instructions

Trenton_CTC_Joining_Instructions

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