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Training is Complete for 2020-2021 Training Year
Thank you all for participating in virtual training this year. The 614 Staff wish you a safe and healthy summer and are excited to see you all in September 2021.
We will be taking applications for cadet membership starting September 2021, please keep an eye on the website for our first training night, which will be virtual until further notice.
COVID-19 UPDATE AUGUST 24 2020:
Hello parents and Cadets, please see attached, a memo regarding a COVID update from our new Commanding Officer, as well as a letter outlining in detail some changes to this year.
The training staff has been made aware that several questions have come up regarding the delivery of training for the 2020-21 Cadet Training Year. It is our hope that the following points provide some additional clarity.
1. Cadet training is currently suspended until 1 Sep 2020 due to COVID-19. At that time, we will be able to begin virtual training with the cadets.
2. We are currently exploring several software options (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.), to determine the best and most cost effective solution to providing virtual lessons. Virtual training, once it is started, will take place Wednesday nights between 7:00pm - 9:00pm. As soon as we confirm what software we will use, and when this will be offered, we will post an update to allow cadets and parents time to familiarize themselves and be ready for the first training session.
3. In-person training will not commence prior to 1 Oct 2020. Our number one priority is the safety of our cadets and staff, and as such, we will not rush any decisions to return to in-person training. This will be a stage-based approach with limited numbers of persons in attendance on a given night. It is likely that upon returning to limited in-person training, only one training group (level 1, 2, 3 or 4), will be permitted to attend, with the rest being offered virtual training that night. Advance notice and details (time, location, public health measures, etc.) will be provided so cadets are aware when they are eligible to attend for in-person training.
Clear direction has been given to 614 Squadron from the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group, the organization of Department of National Defence (DND) that supports the Canadian Cadet Organizations. We will adhere to all requirements and directions provided by both DND and Public Health.
We will continue to provide updates as the coming weeks unfold and we are able to make final decisions on the roll-out of our training program this year. While this year will undoubtedly be very different from those previous, we promise to continue to offer a safe, engaging and interesting program for our cadets that still allows them to obtain the skills and experiences they joined to receive.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the undersigned. We will strive to continue to keep you informed of all changes and updates as they come available.
What is the Air Cadet Program?
The Cadet Program is one of the largest federally sponsored youth programs in Canada.
It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. While they are introduced to Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces and certain traditions, they are also introduced to many other respectable career choices that are available to them.
Through the Cadet Program, the Government of Canada is investing in today’s youth and Canada’s future.
The Cadet Program is community-based. The program succeeds through strong community support and involvement. Cadets in turn make valuable contributions to their communities.
What do we do?
Air Cadets learn the principles of aviation, while some learn to become glider pilots, pilots of engine-propelled aircraft or both.
Why do youth aged 12 to 18 years old join cadets?
To have fun;
To be with their friends or to make new ones;
To partake in interesting and unique challenges;
To participate in diverse training at no cost;
To learn valuable life skills (work and personal);
To improve their self-confidence and sense of responsibility;
To pursue an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces; and To be part of a program that is both welcoming and nurturing, where they feel included and have a sense of belonging.
Five things to remember about the Cadet Program
Invites all Canadian youth aged 12 to 18;
Instills Canadian military values;
Develops in youth attributes of citizenship, leadership and fitness;
Balances safety and challenge; and
Leaves a positive life-long impact through a set of positive youth outcomes.
Five things to remember about Cadets
Cadets are proud Canadians and proud citizens;
Cadets are healthy in mind and body;
Cadets contribute to Canada’s future;
Cadets seek and appreciate healthy discipline; and
Cadets represent Canada in a positive light.
There are no fees associated with participating in the Air Cadet program. To run 614 Forest City Squadron, the expenses are roughly $55,000 per year, before any trips or extra activities for the Cadets! Since the Department of National Defense (DND), only covers a portion of the training that the cadets receive, the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) must raise funds to meet the annual squadron training budget. This is why our fundraising efforts are so important!,
Annually the squadron is assessed and is required to pay a fee to the Air Cadet League of Canada - Ontario Provincial Committee of $54 per cadet. The assessment is paid by every squadron in the province to support effective speaking competitions, volunteer screening, the selection process for advanced cadet training courses and international exchanges, regional gliding centres, insurance for all cadets while at cadet functions, public relations, and other activities of the Air Cadet League.
The SSC holds various fundraising activities during the year. However, without the generous support of the community, the squadron budget cannot be met and the cadets risk losing out on many activities.
Financial donations are gladly accepted and extremely welcome, of course, and we will issue tax receipts for the current tax year.
THE 614 SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE WARMLY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!