PRESCOTT – The spring has already had lots to offer youth involved in the Prescott based Air Cadet Squadron and we’ve only just begun!
Local air cadets have had a great deal of fun over the months of April and have a good deal of variety planned for the month of May as well. This has included a trip to Washington, a field training exercise and first aid training and is set to include familiarization flying and a multi-unit sports competition. This is all in addition to regular training opportunities and the preparation for Cadets to enjoy summer training scholarships at training centres across Ontario (which will begin in July).
The key to the Cadet program is its youth leaders and 661 Squadron has many to be proud of. Recent merit boards held by representatives of the Regional Cadet Support Unit and Air Cadet League of Canada resulted in recommendations for several senior rank promotions. On May 1st, the unit Commanding Officer, Captain Lewis Jenkins was pleased to promote Francis Lalonde and Joel Beriault to the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class. Danielle Larocque, who holds the appointment of Squadron Warrant Officer, was promoted to Warrant Officer First Class (the highest rank that an Air Cadet can obtain). Congratulations are extended to these and other Cadets who have recently received reward and recognition for their efforts.
Although the Cadet year is well underway, those between the ages of 12 and 18 who consider joining the Cadet Program now will still have the chance to participate in numerous activities as we prepare for the summer. Cadets who have recently turned 12 or who are thinking of joining the program at an older age may be pleased to learn about fast-tracking options that allow you to catch up to your peers in the program. Alternatively, you can look to join in on the fun when we actively seek new members again in the fall.
Families of interested youth may be surprised to learn that there are no membership fees to enroll in Cadets and that uniforms are provided free of charge. Youth can join the Cadet Program at any time during the school year and can opt to leave whenever they wish. The main commitment to the program is regular training which is held most Tuesday evenings between September and June at SGDHS in Prescott. Additional opportunities for activities and optional training, such as a sports teams, marksmanship training and pilot ground school, happen on alternate week nights and weekends at locations around the area.
Drop by any Tuesday evening at SGDHS between 6:30 and 9:00 PM to visit the Squadron. You can follow us on Facebook or check out our webpage (www.aircadets.ca/661) to learn more about what the Cadet Program has to offer right here in your community.