Category Archives: Training

Suspension of In-Person Cadet Activities

Good evening.

As with the rest of the country, it appears that infection numbers in the Niagara Region have skyrocketed recently. This has prompted a requirement to return to virtual cadet training activities until further notice, per the message below this one.

This is not the scenario any of us were hoping for now that we’ve just begun returning to in-person training, but the health situation in our region demands that we act responsibly to ensure everyone’s safety.

We’re still planning a number of in-person events for when this restriction is lifted, but must settle for an online experience for the moment. Look out for a number of at-home activities and competitions we will have lined up for the next little while as well.

Our Remembrance Day activities will still happen tomorrow night, but we will be moving them to a Meet-based session. The schedule is as follows:

Opening Session

1845-1855

Level 1-5 Cadets

1900-1935 – Remembrance Day Activities
1940-2025 – Remembrance Day Activities

Closing Session

2025-2040

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!


Corps/Squadron COs:

  1. In order to maximize our efforts to enhance the safety of all who participate in the Cadet Program, we must ensure we remain aware of local conditions in the communities we serve. Over the past few weeks, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario has been increasing.  In particular, there has been an increase in communities within the jurisdiction of Niagara Region Public Health Services.
  2. We have started approving in-person training requests for corps/squadrons throughout Ontario.  However, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Niagara Region, no in-person cadet activities will be authorized for any cadet units in the communities serviced by Niagara Region Public Health Services until further notice. Any previous approval for in-person training is withdrawn effective immediately.
  3. Cadet units in the Niagara Public Health Region are to continue with their virtual training program – ensuring engagement at all levels while prioritizing first and second-year cadets. Corps/squadron COs in this health region are also encouraged to continue planning for in-person activities without specific dates in order to be ready to commence in-person activities rapidly when conditions permit.
  4. To assist corps and squadron COs with tracking COVID-19 within their community/municipality, it is recommended you go to https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data to track cases within Ontario. Specific health services also have web trackers that you can access.

Questions may be directed to your Zone Training Officer or the undersigned.

Captain Michael Stacey, CD
J3 Zone Training Officer (Niagara and Greater Toronto Area)
Regional Cadet Support Unit Central
Canadian Armed Forces

In-Person to Virtual

Good evening, everyone.

Unfortunately, we’ve run into a situation where two members of our staff are feeling ill and will not be able to attend tonight, so we’re moving training to virtual attendance for this week. There is no reason to think that there has been any risk to the cadets or remaining staff members, but we’re being cautious over the matter regardless. More information will be forthcoming as soon as we have it.

Dress for the evening is still C3B for Sgts and above, C3F for FCpls and below.

Links are posted below for Classrooms and Meets, but remember that you need to be logged into the site to see these.

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!


Opening Session

1845-1855

Level 1 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 2 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 3 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 4 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Closing Session

2025-2040

Level 2 Training Tonight

Good afternoon.

Following up to the last post, L2 training will be conducted virtually tonight. Please connect to your classroom at 1845 (6:45pm) and complete the virtual attendance form. Other levels will be attending in-person at 809 HQ.

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

In-Person Training Tonight

Good afternoon.

Just reminding everyone about key details of our training tonight. Once again, we have a staggered start to ensure that everyone can get into the building in a timely manner while physical distancing.

1810 (6:10pm) Staff
1820 (6:20pm) Level 5
1830 (6:30pm) Level 4
1840 (6:40pm) Level 3
1850 (6:50pm) Level 1 and 2

If you haven’t read it already, please review the COVID-19 SOP at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LCUIKJrimnYVrs61sdubjiZ5OrWOHLyL7sL317qVOX0/view.

Before leaving, take the Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment and do not attend if the assessment recommends against it, but call us at (905) 468-7584 and let us know. The self-assessment is located at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Lastly, before leaving, sign in so that we can track contacts and attendance.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Tonight’s Training

Good evening.

Here’s a summary of tonight’s virtual training timings and links. We’ve set our initial in-person training night for Wednesday, 28 Oct and we’re really excited about this. WROs will begin this week to outline our activities and we’ll project as much as we can on the website’s events calendar. We’ll be conducting a virtual parents’ meeting and introductions to new cadets over the next two weeks and hopefully will be welcoming more cadets to the squadron soon! Look out for a few more housekeeping announcements later today.

Dress for the evening is C3B for Sgts and above, C3F for FCpls and below.

(Remember that you need to be logged into the site to see the links.)

See you tonight!

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!


Opening Session

1845-1855

Level 1 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 2 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 3 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 4 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Closing Session

2025-2040

Tonight’s Training

Good evening.

Here’s a summary of tonight’s virtual training links. We have just received approval for in-person training, so expect our format to shift back and forth between virtual and in-person in the coming weeks! We have no Level 1 cadets, so tonight’s session will be a discussion of recruiting and engagement ideas for new cadets.

(Remember that you need to be logged into the site to see the links.)

See you tonight!

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!


Opening Session

1845-1855

Level 1 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 2 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 3 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Level 4 Cadets

1900-1935
1940-2025

Closing Session

2025-2040

Ground School

It appears that ground school has started extremely early this year. (We’ve actually missed the first session, but I’m hoping catch-up won’t be an issue.) I need to know if any of our cadets are considering applying for the Glider Pilot Scholarship or Power Pilot Scholarship this year or next and are interested in attending ground school. It will be held on Thursday evenings, virtually at first via Zoom, but with potential in-person activities at 87 Eagle Squadron in Welland later in the year. Please email me your intent ASAP at jody.lemoine@809cadets.ca.

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Virtual Training Starts Wednesday, October 7 @ 1845hrs

Good evening 809.

Finally, we’re back.

We’ve been approved to start virtual training.   Our first night back will be on Wednesday, October 7 @ 1845 hrs.   Training will be conducted virtually through Google Meet.

All attendees will need to register via the virtual attendance form.

Please check your emails.   Each cadet should’ve been sent an invitation to accept your new 809cadets.ca email.   You will be needing to activate your account to get access to virtual training.  You will also need access to a computer with a camera and microphone.  If you’re not able to access your 809cadets email, or you don’t have access to the required hardware, please reach out to us to let us know.  We have resources available to help you out.

THIS IS A PARADE NIGHT. Order of dress for the evening is as follows:

Senior NCO’s = C3B

Junior NCO’s & Cadets = C3F

Authorized haircuts and shaven appearance as per the dress regs, along with presentable uniforms, are expected.  For more information, please consult the regs under the resources page

Schedule for the evening is as follows:

Period 1: 1845-1920 = All Levels = CO’s Welcome Back Presentation

Period 2: 1920-1955 = Break out into levels 1-4 = Presentations by Level Officers

Period 3: 2015-2050 = Individual level trainings 1-4 = Presentations/Classes by Level NCO’s

If you anticipate that you will have problems attending the virtual training, whether technical or otherwise, please reach out to either myself or Capt Lemoine.  My email is dan.couroux@809cadets.ca.   Capt Lemoine’s email is jody.lemoine@809cadets.ca

See you all Wednesday

Regards,

OCdt Couroux
DCO / Level 3 OIC

Training Cell Meeting – Monday, September 28 @ 1900

Senior Cadets & Staff – Heads up – the year’s about to start. There will be a training cell meeting via Google Meets on Monday night @ 1900. We’ll be going over the upcoming training year, who’s teaching what levels, the EO’s and PO’s being taught and so on. Capt Lemoine will be reaching out to all of you individually this weekend to set up new 809 emails so that you can get invitations.

OCdt Couroux

Training Year 2020/2021

Good evening.

We’re on the verge of September, where we would normally be going into full swing with respect to starting our 2020/2021 training year. As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us significantly but it’s not going to stop us. We’re not sure how long this virus is going to be a going concern in our society, but we’re assuming that it could be 18 months or longer. Our first priorities are always the safety and security of those who participate in our program, so we’re going to do this properly and define a new “normal” for our operations.

With that in mind, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group has made the decision to delay the start-up of limited in-person cadet activities until at least 1 Oct 2020. This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. It ensures that we have proper measures in place for the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and JCR programs do not become a vector to spread the COVID-19 virus.

In the month of September, you can expect that we will reach out to you with information about the fall. We are expecting virtual activities to resume in September until such time that limited in-person training can be authorized.

Although the fall of 2020 will not roll out the same way it has in years before, we remain committed to ensuring that the cadet program continues to provide unique experiences for youth within our community. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me via email at co@809cadets.ca or the squadron mobile phone at (905) 468-7584.

We’ll have more details coming out in the next few days, so stay tuned.

J Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal