PRESCOTT – Parents and area youth are invited to drop into 661 Squadron and check out the fun and challenge that the Prescott based Air Cadets has to offer. The local youth group meets each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at South Grenville District High School (SGDHS) and area residents interested in the program are encouraged to drop by and visit on Tuesday September 12th to learn more about membership in a national program that boasts more than 50,000 youth in over 1,000 communities from coast to coast to coast.
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 as well. Youth can join the program at any time during the school year (although the fall is most ideal) 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. Additional opportunities for activities and optional training, such as sports teams, marksmanship training, pilot ground school and even travel opportunities happen on alternate week nights and weekends. What’s even better is that active membership in the Cadet program can also extend to benefit secondary school education in terms of the opportunity to accumulate volunteer service hours and even earn high school equivalency credits!
Local adults looking for a unique volunteer experience may also be interested in learning about the opportunities available to them. In addition to youth membership, 661 Squadron is actively seeking volunteers who may wish to offer their expertise related to teaching, administration, logistics, fundraising or supervision in general. There are even potential opportunities to enroll in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Reserve Officer in the Cadet Instructors Cadre. Related volunteer opportunities and application processes will also be discussed during the open house for anyone interested.
The fall really is a great time to try the Cadet Program out. Youth, between the ages of 12 and 18 who consider joining this fall, will have the chance to participate in survival training, familiarization flying, marksmanship, and various community service activities and parades all before the end of the calendar year. What’s more is that those youth who join before the Christmas break will also have the chance to apply for summer training opportunities!
If you are unable to drop in, please connect with us on Facebook or check out our local website at http://www.aircadets.ca/661/ for additional information.