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: We are now recruiting for the 2020/2021 training year!
We will be hosting a virtual meeting for anyone (parents included) interested in learning about the Air Cadet program and specifically how we will be conducting the training during the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24th, starting at 6:30PM. The details on how to join the virtual meeting on Zoom can be found on the link on the Sqn calendar (the tab for the calendar is near the top of this page).
The first cadet night for NEW cadets is planned for Thursday, October 8th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM in the gymnasium at Green Bay Bible Camp, 1449 Green Bay Rd.
NOTE: Time and location for the first night are still subject to change so please check back to this page periodically to see if there have been any updates or additional program information posted.
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we try to adapt to all the new protocols required to continue offering an Air Cadet training program in these challenging times.
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 very few costs to join and participate in the Air Cadet program. In order to keep the costs as low as possible there is an expectation of participation in fundraising activities.
There is an annual fee of $200.00 per cadet at 909 Peregrine Squadron. Payment is due on initial enrollment and at the beginning of each training year (September) thereafter. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, Interac e-transfer or through the online payment option on this website.
Cadet uniforms and nearly all cadet activities are provided at no additional 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 corps.
Further information can be found at on the official Cadets Canada website: http://www.cadets.ca/
HOW CAN I JOIN?
909 Peregrine Squadron hosts recruiting nights in September and again in January. 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 will need to join NO LATER THAN December 31.
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 (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. There is no need to send forms or documentation anywhere!
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.
Cadet Personnel Records are kept until the date at which the cadet reaches the age of twenty-five. The files may only be destroyed at that time in accordance with the Defence Administrative Orders and Directives (DAOD) on the Management of Recorded Information and the Treasury Board Policy on the Management of Government Information.
Now that you have completed all the necessary forms, have the proper documentation and have been accepted for membership – welcome to the Cadet Program!
Experiences that you cannot get anywhere else are about to begin! Experience the journey!
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 can arrive at any time between 6:15PM and 8:00PM during our Regular Thursday 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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