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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.

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Fund Raising

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 $85 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.

 

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THE 614 SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE WARMLY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

CONTACT US

A-Block Wolseley Barracks

701 Oxford Street,

London, ON

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​Tel: 519-672-4253 

614rcacs@gmail.com

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