One of the great programs offered to the community free of charge is the 155 Borden Gray GC Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets program.
Funded by United Way, the program is open to all youth ages 12 to 19 and promotes good citizenship, healthy living and physical fitness.
Youth are trained on leadership skills, conflict resolution, and social relations skills. Senior cadets have the opportunity to instruct their fellow junior cadets and share their experiences with them. The Cadets program mentors are leaders and volunteers in our community who work hard to ensure that Cadets have every opportunity to develop their potential.
The Squadron is recruiting new Cadets NOW. Interested youth and their parents can come to Armoury on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for more information.
Have some questions about our local Air Cadets program? Perhaps we can help answer some of them..
How old do I have to be to join? You must have reached your 12th birthday. Cadets must ‘retire’ when they turn 19. Cadets joining at 14 or over can complete the first two training levels in one compressed year – or they can participate at the regular rate of training.
Are Cadets members of the military? In one word: NO. Cadets are not members of the military and there is no commitment to join the military.
What does it cost? Joining the Squadron is free. Mandatory training is free. There are some optional activities that will have some costs that are discounted by our sponsors. In return, Cadets are required to participate in fundraising activities.
How much does the uniform cost? The uniform is loaned to the Cadet without any fee. Cadets can exchange items of their uniform as they grow (which teenagers constantly do). Cadets are required to take care of their uniform and must return it when they leave Cadets.
I am also in soccer, hockey, and other activities. Is that okay? The only mandatory events on the Cadet schedule is the weekly training evening and a few other events over the year. Most activities are optional. Cadets can participate in as many or as few activities as they wish. NOTE: It is important to remember that school comes first – so if you have too much homework (or are sick), Cadets can call in to be excused from any activity (even the mandatory ones).
How do I join? There is some paperwork (see below) that must be completed. You can print them out to get started or come in to the Squadron during our weekly training evenings. Come fly with us!
Still have questions? Visit http://155aircadets.com/about-us/cadet-enrolment/cadet-enrolment-faq/ and come out to a Squadron Training evening and we’ll be happy to answer them all.
⇒ Application For Membership (CF 1158) form.
⇒ Participation by a Cadet with Food Allergies form. This document is only to be completed if the Cadet has a food allergy.
⇒ Photocopy of birth certificate or baptismal certificate or other proof of Canadian Citizenship or landed immigrant status.
NOTE: Documents 1 and 2 are to be printed on legal (8.5″x14″) paper. Click on the “Choose paper source by PDF page size” box in the Print window.