With the province’s announcement that March Break will shift to April this year, I’m waiting for further word on what activities will be available for this period. The area has indicated that a number of online activities will be running for cadets, but I don’t want to provide details that are out of date. Further information will be forthcoming shortly.
For summer training, it appears that the only non-national summer training course that is on the current agenda is the Survival Instructor Course running at CTC Connaught from 12 July to 20 August. I already have one cadet who has expressed interest but will hold off on applications until I know how many intend to apply. Instructor-level courses are available to cadets at Training Level 3 and above. If you intend to apply for this course, let me know as soon as possible.
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.
If you have any questions, contact me at email@example.com 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.
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
Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge
Pleasure Craft Operator Competency
Build a Boat Challenge
Introduction to Drones (Drones Ground School)
Fitness & Sport (Fitness)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
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.
809 Newark Squadron
As I’m sure most of you are already aware, the announcement came out yesterday that the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers program has been suspended until 31 August 2020. This wasn’t the news that any of us were hoping for, though it makes complete sense when we consider the circumstances we find ourselves in as a society.
For those of you who haven’t already heard the announcement from BGen Cochrane, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group can be seen here:
The loss of the remainder of the 2019/2020 training year is hard to take, and the loss of our summer training program even more so. That said, this does not mean that we’re just going to sit and wait to see what happens next. This has never been our approach and we’re not going to start down that road now. A number of things need to be addressed immediately, like:
What happens with Merit Review Boards (MRBs) for Warrant Officer Promotions? These are still on the table, though they will be conducted virtually.
What happens to our Squadron Awards Banquet and the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) now? The actual ceremonies are off of the table, but the awards are still being calculated and tallied. When they’ll be announced/presented is up for some discussion amongst the staff and SSC.
What happens to our training year? All cadets will be marked as having completed their training year. We’re still going to run through a few exercises like the Combined Aviation Subjects review and exam as an optional activity, just because this knowledge is highly recommended for all L3/L4 cadets, especially those who are interested in pilot training next summer.
What activities can we participate in while we’re isolating? That’s still under some discussion, but we’re going to have some answers on this soon. We’ve got our current Anniversary Pin competition underway already and have some more in mind. We may also be able to adapt some activities such as the Aerospace Club to an on-line format. Movie watch parties and gaming guilds are possibilities too. If you have any suggestions or want to run something yourselves, we’re open to input from the cadets and parents as always.
This is our opportunity to come together (virtually) and show leadership by presenting a positive attitude through all of this. This too shall pass. When it does, we all need to be able to look back on this and know that we did something to make it bearable to ourselves and our peers.
We won’t let this situation break us. Like the phoenix in our squadron crest, we will rise from this… immortal.
809 Newark RCACS
We’ve received itineraries for cadets travelling to CTC Trenton next weekend and have sent them out. We’re still waiting on itineraries for the other centres, but expect to have them by the end of the day.
809 Newark RCACS
As requested, here is the full Summer Training presentation from the 30 May Parent Briefing, edited to account for out-of-date information. For future reference, all Summer Training information can be found on the web site under the Resources > Cadets > Summer Training menu.
A number of cadets and parents have been asking what the session dates are for their summer training courses. Rather than answer each request individually, I have posted them to the web site. Please remember to log in to the site in order to see the information you’re looking for.