The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is one of the premier organizations for youth 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 developing the attributes of leadership, good citizenship, self-discipline, teamwork, volunteerism, physical fitness while developing an interest, and gaining valuable experience, in the aviation and aerospace industries in Canada.
The motto of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets says it all;
To Learn – To Serve – To Advance
NOTICE: IN PERSON TRAINING IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. ALL CADET TRAINING AND MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR FURTHER UPDATES.
When in person training resumes, 909 Peregrine Squadron meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30PM to 9:15PM in the gymnasium at Green Bay Bible Camp, 1449 Green Bay Rd, West Kelowna.
If you are between 12 and 18, come on down and see what Air Cadets has to offer you!
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There are no set fees required to join and participate in the Air Cadet program however there is an expectation of participation in various fundraising activities throughout the year. Annual donations from cadet families are encouraged as a means of helping to cover operating expenses (rent and other costs not covered by the Department of National Defence) and to minimize the amount of fundraising activities required.
Uniforms and nearly all cadet activities are provided at no cost to the cadets including 2, 3, 6 and 7-week summer training camps (in fact cadets are paid a $60/week training bonus while at summer camps!).
WHO CAN JOIN?
To join Air Cadets, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a legal resident of Canada;
- Provide proof of provincial/territorial health insurance of equivalent;
- Be at least 12 years of age;
- Be less than 19 years of age;
- Normally be in good physical condition;
- Not belong to any other Cadet corps or Squadron;
- Be interested in the Cadet Program;
- Have Parent/Guardian permission; and
- Be acceptable to the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
Further information can be found at on the official Cadets Canada website: http://www.cadets.ca/
HOW CAN I JOIN?
909 Peregrine Squadron typically hosts recruiting nights in September and again in January each year. If you are shy and want to join with the greatest number of youth, September and January are your best months to join as there will likely be other youth equally shy and new.
Saying that, you may join at anytime during the cadet training year (September to May), however, if you are interested in attending a summer camp or want to progress to the next proficiency level the following year you should join prior to January 1st..
Now that you are ready to join Air Cadets, you will need to go and visit our Squadron to join. Upon joining you will need to bring a few things with you which include:
- birth certificate or equivalent; and
- proof of health insurance (BC Services Card, Care Card or equivalent).
You will also need to complete and sign the application forms below and bring them with you when you come in. These completed forms, along with photocopies of your health insurance card and birth certificate start your Cadet Personnel Record. Your Cadet Personnel Record is stored safely and securely at the Squadron. Access to Cadet Personnel Records are restricted to those individuals authorized in writing by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the cadet Squadron pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. Cadets/parents/legal guardians shall have access to the cadet’s file by asking the CO or the Administration Officer of the Squadron.
WHERE CAN I FIND YOU?
Our squadron typically meets on Thursday evenings during the school year at our Local Headquarters (LHQ), which is located at Green Bay Bible Camp, 1441 & 1449 Green Bay Road, West Kelowna, BC.
Although we are usually at Green Bay, we do occasionally have events away from our LHQ, so it is best to check our “Calendar” page to know where to meet us on a given night. New cadets looking to join should arrive at Green Bay between 6:30PM and 7:00PM during one of our regular Thursday evening Training Nights with their application forms to enroll. Once their completed application forms are received, they can begin their cadet adventure and attend our scheduled events and training nights.
If you are interested in our program, but just are not sure if you want to commit just yet, you are welcome to come our and see our Cadets in action and speak with our staff during a regular Training Night. Any of our staff will gladly give you a tour of our facility and provide any additional information you may want before signing up.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SIGN UP?
Proof of age: (only 1 of the below listed documents is required)
- 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;
- any identification card (with or without photo) issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency. No certificates of live birth please.
Proof of health insurance: (only 1 of the below listed documents is required)
- Provincial or Territorial health insurance card; or
- private insurance (e.g. Blue Cross) card.
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