Activities; Week of Feb. 12

Parade kicked us off at the hangar, the beginning of a full weekend of activities when the school is not available.    The cadets are fortunate to be train alongside real airplanes in an aviation environment.  It is a reminder too that everyone needs to be extra attentive when around the aircraft and equally respect that Enterprise Airlines is first and foremost a place of business that we are privileged to visit.

The Winter FTX (field training exercise) went well.  It was definitely winter with the snow falling most of the weekend with a reprieve on Saturday while the cadets spent the day outside in training exercises learning things like search & rescue, fire starting, and GPS and compass navigation.  One team went on a hike planned by FSgt Wainwright, in support of the Duke of Edinburgh requirements, climbing hills and wading through the deep snow.  Amongst it all the first aid team was given some practice with a simulated exercise.  Sunday the snow resumed falling and through it the cadets teamed up to see who collectively could put their new skills to work starting a fire that would make the water boil, get the water boiling and see the reaction generated by the secret soap.  Ask the cadets what happened!  It truly was a weekend of fun, learning, and new experiences organized and executed by a knowledgeable and dedicated team of staff and CV’s.

The national camp interviews were also held this weekend and 2 Vandenbos with Enterprise airlines were the host coordinators and location respectively.  Thank you to SSC members Lisa Codlin (Chair) and Nikki Tsimiklis (Treasurer) who coordinated the efforts to allow all cadets a good environment to be at their best. Thank you to Lt.’s Erdelyi and Wainwright who have worked the last number of months to prepare cadets for many scenarios.

Highlights:

  • Ski day:  Thanks to those that have signed up.  Full payment is due for Feb 17.  Full details and costs for the day have been published under a separate post.  Please come with a cheque or exact cash.
  • Remind Sign up:  You may have gotten the reminder this week of the CO parade via Remind.  If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at  https://www.remind.com/join/2vanden.  Program level ‘remind’ groups are also active.
  • Year end trip:  The year end trip has been approved and the Quebec City was announced as the 2017 location.  March 3 will be the last date used to calculate snowbird points to determine the initial 50 cadets that will be offered to attend.  Cost of the trip will be $250.  More details for deposits, etc. will follow with the invitation.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:00pm-9pm:  Range practice for the team at the Hangar.
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 6:45pm:  Regular training at the Hangar.
SSC Reminders:
  • Power famil:  Cadets can sign up for Power familiarization for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC.  Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • Lottery books:  There are many cadets that have not yet picked up a lottery book.  Thanks to those that have.  The money raised is important to supporting squadron activities.  The OPC Lottery ticket funds are shared between the selling squadron and the OPC.  Each squadron puts their portion towards their program while the OPC uses their portion to fund the gliding grogram that is available to all squadrons in Ontario.  Books are available on parade nights from the SSC.  Please be sure to get yours if you don’t have it already.  All stubs need to be returned by March 3 to be entered in the draw.
  • Spring Tagging:  Amazing how time flies!!  Please make note in your calendars for March 30 – April 2. This is our big tagging weekend, one of our largest fundraisers.  It is mandatory for all cadets and support from parents, staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure it’s success.
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