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21 SEPTEMBER 2021 Update: Resuming Training
21 September 2021:
Our primary goal is still to ensure the safe return to in-person activities for our program. At this time, there are some restrictions which are imposed by the leadership team in the Cadet Program, as follows:
Required to cease in-person if cases reach 50/100,000 population,
Staff members who are first responders are currently not permitted to be in-person with cadets,
Civilian Volunteers currently not permitted to be in-person with cadets (insurance issue), and
In-person training is limited to small groups/cohorts in a location (15 people, staff and senior cadets included)
Below is the process our Commanding Officer, Capt Buckle, is taking to get us back to in-person training:
1) Confirm with Wolesley Barracks if they will allow cadet activities back on base (they initially weren't allowing us to book space so the reserves could get their training back up to date) - Should have a response within the week
2) Confirm which staff members we have at the Squadron who are able to, and are approved to supervise in-person activities - Should have a response within the week
3) Develop cohort system/hybrid training plan (virtual and in-person to be offered) with training officer - To be completed after points 1/2 are done so we can plan for the number of supervisors and what space we have to work with.
4) Obtain approval for in-person activities from the Regional Cadet Support Unit - Unknown exactly how long this will take as all requests for approval for the province going to the same person. Ideally within a couple of weeks of submitting.
5) Return to limited in-person activities/training
Resuming Training in Fall 2021 - Update from the Commanding Officer
23 August, 2021
I want to open this message by sending best wishes to you all, and I hope that you have all had a fun, exciting, and healthy summer. As we near the end of August, I'm sure there are many questions about the return of 614's training program. I'm hoping to answer some of them in this email.
First off, I want to be clear in saying we want to see our training get back to in-person as soon as possible. We have planned activities in-person for this training year that include gliding, field training exercises, a mess dinner, and other fun and exciting events.
With that said, safety must remain our utmost priority. Many of you know that the cadet program is nationally-run, and our actions have to be in line with direction from superiors at the Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU).
I can now share some of the direction that has been given with regards to returning to in-person training. To set expectations, this will not happen immediately and we will take a gradual approach to ensuring it's done safely and in line with local public health measures.
Here is a breakdown of the current plan that has been provided with respect to the coming months. Please keep in mind that it is subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve.
- Virtual training only until at least 19 September, at which point a provincial conference will be held with COs to determine next steps
- Possibility of supply nights after 19 September (for uniform exchanges/ordering)
- Contacting all cadets regarding a possible return to in-person training in October (you will be contacted by our Administration team, if you haven't already)
October to December 2021
- Regular and/or limited in-person parade nights, depending on public health measures and direction from the RCSU
- Weekend in-person day training only (no overnight activities, all to be conducted in the local area)
January 2022 (Pending RCSU direction and local COVID conditions)
- Regular parade nights
- Overnight activities to remain in the local area so they can easily be converted to day training, if required
- Retain virtual training platforms to remain flexible between in-person and virtual, where required
At this time, our first night back will be September 8th, at 7:00pm. Capt Brittany Miles, our squadron training officer, will be in contact between now and then to provide more information including the meeting link, as it will be held virtually.
I hope this gives a clearer picture for the upcoming months, and can't wait to see you all again!
Captain Travis Buckle
Training 2021 - Administration Announcement
Hello Cadets, parents, and guardians! We will be expecting to start back up again sometime in September 2021, depending on COVID case numbers and public health measures. Please check your e-mails for Annual Validation Forms which MUST be completed before returning to training.
If you have changed your e-mail or phone number during the summer, you must contact the admin office: email@example.com
For this training year, we will be aiming for a hybrid approach, with virtual and in-person training. However, this can change.
If you are looking to join our Squadron, please note that we will be accepting new applications ONLINE only. Please click on the "JOIN" tab for more information and to contact the Administration Office.
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!
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