Virtual Summer Training Courses – Nudge

Good afternoon.

I’ve been looking at course registrations from out cadets and haven’t found any as of yet. These courses are being run on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t put off registering if you’re interested in participating. If there’s anything stopping you from being involved, get in touch with me and let me know. The squadron has resources that we can call upon to help you out.

For those who missed the original post, it can be found here: Virtual Summer Training Courses

If you have any questions, contact me at and I’ll do my best to answer them. If you’re not planning on registering, contact me and let me know why. Virtual Summer Training is a really new concept and the organizers want to hear feedback so that we can improve the offering.

J Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Virtual Summer Training Courses

Good evening.

For the last several weeks, the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Headquarters has been conducting development teams to put together exciting virtual engagement activities for cadets to participate in throughout the summer and the list of available activities is now available for cadets to review. Activities range from self-guided online activities to live, facilitated skill challenges that cadets can participate from their homes using personal communication devices.

The courses include:

  • Cadet Cyber Training Course – Standard
  • Cadet Cyber Training Course – Advanced
  • Backyard FTX
  • Effective Communications
  • Air Operations
  • Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Competency
  • Naval Communications
  • Knot Challenge
  • Build a Boat Challenge
  • Music
  • Leadership
  • Introduction to Drones (Drones Ground School)
  • Web Programming
  • Fitness & Sport (Fitness)
  • Fieldcraft Engineering
  • GPS Navigation & Geocaching (Geocache)
  • Build a Rope Bridge Challenge
  • Virtual Mess Dinner (Customs and Traditions)
  • The World of Cadets (Virtual International Cadet Exchange)
  • Citizen Scientists: Northern Explorers
  • Cadet Correspondent Training

Further information can be found in the Virtual CTC brochure, which can be found here: Virtual CTC 2020

Registration for these activities is now open and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for these activities, cadets will need to send an email to with the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Corps / Squadron Number
  • Corps / Squadron element
  • Name of the activity they wish to register for.
  • Dates of serial they wish to register for.
  • The language you would like the activity delivered in;
  • Phone number (will be used as a second-factor authentication for your online account)
  • An email address that the cadet has access to; and
  • Instrument selection for cadets registering for the music course

Cadets’ email must be sent from their personal email address or an email that they can access. A parent’s email that the cadet cannot access directly should not be used.)

Cadets will be contacted once they are loaded on an activity, and provided instructions on how to log in to the learning tools required to participate in the activity.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark Squadron

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 31 May 2020

31 May 2020

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CO’s Message

There are a few things to keep your interest this week.

First, thanks to 2Lt Nicolescu for her continued education on the capitals of the world. We can’t do much in the way of travel right now, but building interest for the day we can will never hurt.

For those who want to try it out, a cadet from 23 Squadron is about to run an on-line Dungeons and Dragons campaign. If you’re a veteran player or a curious newbie, give it a whirl. I got my introduction to Dungeons and Dragons during my own time as a cadet back in the 1980s. Here’s the message:

“Do you love Dungeons & Dragons? Did you participate last summer at one of the Training Centres? Can’t meet up with your friends because of the COVID-19 shutdown? Join us online, Friday’s at 1530hrs, for Waterdeep Dragon Heist Campaign. “A splendid treasure trove is yours for the taking, underneath Waterdeep” D&D 5E. Some previous experience required. We will begin with character creation, then move on to game play. Cadets only, parent permission to participate is required. All participants will be verified before beginning.”

If you’re interested, let me know at and I’ll verify with your parents and provide the Zoom link.

This last Wednesday, we had two very cool and memorable things happen:

NASA and SpaceX launched the first ever crewed Dragon capsule, sending Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the first US-launched mission to the International Space Station since the retirement of the Space Shuttle. Check out the full coverage here:

The world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Antonov AN-225, made a landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport delivering medical supplies. A local gaming vlogger captured the whole thing with some good commentary here:

If those aren’t enough, here are a few very cool aviation and aerospace virtual tours worth checking out.

Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array), Atacama, Chile
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, USA
NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia, USA
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Palomar Observatory, California, USA

Mr. Abt has indicated that he may have some volunteer opportunities coming up in the near future for cadets. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know as we find out more.

For those of you working on the 50th anniversary pin competition, I’ve put together some source graphics for you to work with.

Remember, we’re interested in ideas more than final products. If you’re not very skilled at putting something like this together, that’s fine. Give us an outline of the idea and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

If anyone needs anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay safe.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

The geography series continues! Memorize the Countries of Central America in less than 5 minutes!

For all our curious and studious cadets, we are continuing our educational series related to geography!

Remember that we previously posted videos for you to use in your personal time and we also covered the European countries together in our cadets’ virtual meeting at the beginning of May.

I am inviting everyone to another google meet for Thursday May 28 at 7 pm to go over the Central and South American countries together and also to catch up with other things of interest for you.

You can join the meeting by clicking the following link:

You can preview the Countries of Central America in the video below:

Hope to see as many of you as possible tomorrow!

2 Lt Nicolescu

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 17 May 2020

20 May 2020

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CO’s Message

The experiment appears to be a success! Between the various resources of Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Street View and Wikipedia, we’ve managed to produce a virtual re-creation of our Vimy 100 Trip for those cadets who are interested in re-living or trying that experience for the first time. Check it out at the following link:

Virtual Vimy 100 Trip

Last week we posted about the Canadian Armed Forces’ learning portal for cadets. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the link again.

If you have any input on either of the above activities, feel free to email me with your thoughts.

We’re still waiting on submissions for a 50th anniversary pin. I’m even sweetening the deal with a $25 Amazon Gift Card for the winner of the competition. That and bragging rights? What more could you ask for?

Anniversary Pin Competition

Look for more activities from the staff and your fellow cadets over the next little bit. There’s more to come.

Stay safe.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 10 May 2020

11 May 2020

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CO’s Message

Between paper airplanes and geography lessons, OCdt Couroux and 2Lt Nicolescu have covered some interesting activities over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to both of you for giving us all something to work with while we’re stuck at home.

This week, we’re experimenting with Google Earth to see if we can produce a virtual re-creation of our 2017 Vimy Ridge trip for those cadets who are interested in re-living (or trying) that experience. We’ll let you know how that turns out.

As OCdt Couroux posted earlier this week, the Canadian Armed Forces has created an interesting learning portal for cadets. For those of you who missed it, it can be found at the following link:

The quest for a 50th anniversary pin is still on and can be found at the link below. We’re still looking for submissions:

Anniversary Pin Competition

Over the next week, we’ll be reaching out to you and your families individually to see how everything is going and if there’s anything we can do to help your isolated cadet experience be better.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Cadet Learning Portal

Good Evening 809,

The CAF has just opened up a Cadet Learning Portal.  It’s a tool that provides cadets with access to resources and links to activities that complement the Cadet Program.  Cadets are encouraged to explore the resources available and stay tuned for more information and learning opportunities that will be coming soon.

Youtube Promotional Video:

Cadet Learning Portal Website:

OCdt Couroux

Memorize the Countries of South America in less than 5 minutes!

Quick note to thank all the cadets who participated in our 809 hangout meeting last night! Its was so wonderful to see all of you being well and, OMG, so much grown! The Paper Airplane Contest was really fun, I will let OCdt Couroux tell you all about that! I want to comment only on the geography portion of the night and I appreciate the interest and how quickly you all learnt the Countries of Europe! Also a shout out to FSgt Bell who absolutely impressed us with his geography knowledge!

To continue our educational series, here is the video to help you learn the 12 countries of South America in less than 4 minutes! We will discuss about South America in our next 809 cadets hangout- TBA.

Stay safe and stay curious!
2Lt Nicolescu

Reminder – 809 Paper Airplane Contest and Get Together – Wednesday May 06 @ 1900

Hi Everyone,

Putting out a quick reminder that the paper airplane contest is tomorrow night.  Remember, There are 3 different categories to submit your entry:

1/ Most realistic design….2/ Most Fantastic Funky Flier…..3/ Best practical design

We’d like everyone to take part, even if they don’t have a plane to submit.

If you haven’t already done so, please send me your email address so I can provide you with the access to take part.  My email is

For more information, the original post can be found here:

809 Newark Sqn Paper Airplane Contest – Wednesday, May 6…1900


Also, 2Lt Nicolescu challenged everyone to learn the countries of Europe in less than 6 minutes.  We’ll see how you made out after the paper airplane contest.  Here’s the original post:

Learn the countries of Europe in less than 6 minutes!

See everyone tomorrow night.

OCdt Couroux.

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 3 May 2020

4 Apr 2020

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CO’s Message

Participation in last week’s L3/L4 Aviation Combined Subjects exam appears to have been good. If those cadets who sat the exam can provide any feedback, please let OCdt Couroux or myself know. We’re always looking for ways to improve.

This week’s virtual activity is the Paper Airplane Contest that was announced last week. OCdt Couroux will be putting out the link information for the Hangouts Meet on Wednesday at 1900 (7:00pm) so that everyone can demonstrate their planes and judge winners in the various categories.

The Anniversary Pin competition is still running and we’re still accepting submissions. Here’s a link to the original post:

Anniversary Pin Competition

We’ll have more activities posted over the coming weeks and are already preparing for the 2020/2021 training year this fall.

Stay committed and stay safe. This too shall pass.

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
6 May 2020 1900 Wednesday Paper Airplane Competition Classroom / Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS