Q: What are the Royal Canadian Air Cadets?
A: We are an organization for both boys and girls of ages 12 to 18. The purpose of the cadet squadron is to instil a sense of citizenship, develop leadership and teamwork, encourage active involvement in the community and to promote physical fitness.
Q: Why should I join?
A: You will learn about the principles of flight, survival, teamwork and much more. You will make new friends and experience new and exciting challenges. Many successful Canadians such as Colonel Chris Hadfield (first Canadian astronaut to take command of the International Space Station), Myriam Bedard, Captain Marc Garneau, Rick Mercer, and actors Timothy Dalton & Jim Carey are all former cadets.
Q: Does this mean I will have to join the Canadian Armed Forces?
A: Absolutely not. This is a civilian organization which fosters youth leadership, physical fitness and active citizenship, with the assistance of Canadian Armed Forces personnel.
Q: What does it cost to join?
A: The costs are minimal. There is a $120/year administrative fee and an expectation that cadets participate in and contribute to fundraising activities throughout the year. The funds generated are necessary in order to run the program. These fundraising activities include, but are not limited to:
- Sales of $60 worth of Air Cadet League lottery tickets. These are purchased when the administrative fee is paid and can either be sold to recoup the value of the tickets or can be kept by the cadet’s family and entered into the draw.
- Two tag days over the course of the year where cadets ask for donations from community members.
- Two bottle drives over the course of the year. One on the first weekend after Labour Day and another on the first weekend after New Year’s Day.
Q: What if I can’t afford to send my kid(s)?
A:Because we would like all children to be able to participate in Air Cadets, 809 Newark Squadron will subsidize any children who require financial assistance to come to cadets. If you need help with some or all of the fees please let us know! Call the office for information. 905-468-7584
Q: Who instructs the cadets?
A: Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC), Canadian Armed Forces officers who are trained to instruct and supervise youth. In some cases civilian instructors (CIs) are called upon to assist.
Q: How are adult leaders screened before they are allowed to work with cadets?
A: All adult members of the Staff and Sponsoring Committee, whether paid or volunteer, are screened through the Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) and Police Record Check (PRC) process at the Niagara Regional Police Services, or their local police service depending on their home town.
Q: Can I learn how to fly?
A: Yes, but not everyone gets to learn. The ones who pass medical and written exams qualify for aircraft and glider pilot scholarships. Other advanced training also exists for various Aviation Technologies, Sports and Fitness, Drill and Ceremonial, Survival, Marksmanship and more.
Q: Do cadets also teach summer courses?
A: Qualified senior cadets get to teach and get paid to be staff cadets.
Q: Do you have to pay for summer training?
A: No. The meals, travel, lodging and instructions are free.
Q: What do I need to join?
A: You need an interest in the program, and the following:
- Proof of age:
- a valid Canadian passport;
- a birth certificate issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency;
- any card, visa or permit (work, study, resident, etc.) (with photo) issued by the Canadian government which legally authorizes the person to reside in Canada for an extended period of time; or
- any identification card (with or without photo) issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency.
- Proof of health insurance: Provincial or Territorial health insurance card or private insurance card.
- Please have these original documents with you when you attend the corps or squadron closest to you.
- To help speed up the registration process, you may wish to bring a photocopy of these documents as well.