Activities

There are a number of activities that cadets can get involved in outside of our regular training nights. They are broken up into two categories, Mandatory and Optional. Mandatory means that all cadets must participate in order to be successful in their level. Should a cadet be unable to attend a mandatory activity due to extenuating circumstances, a waiver must be obtained through the chain of command. Should a waiver be granted, the cadet will still be required to complete that activity but they will not have to repeat their level. If cadet attendance falls below 60% by the end of the training year, the cadet may be required to repeat the entire level as it would be impossible to have gained enough experience and knowledge to successfully move to the next level as each level builds upon the last.

Below is a list and short description of each activity. Optional activities may be subject to staff and/or location availability in any given training year but every effort is made to ensure that cadets have a wide variety of optional activities to choose from.

Any questions should be directed through the chain of command to flight staff.

Mandatory Training

  • Parade nights
    • Monday evenings from 1830-2130 (6:30pm-9:30pm)
    • Each week, certain cadets will be on “duty” to assist with set up and tear down (stacking chairs, ensuring the building is as we found it). This means they may be a few minutes later that night. The duty schedule is rotational and shared with cadets ahead of time.
    • At minimum, 60% attendance is required for all levels to progress to the next level the following year. In general, cadets should aim for perfect attendance as rank promotions and leadership opportunities may depend upon a higher attendance percentage (among other things).
    • Should a cadet fall ill or be unable to make it to parade night, they must report their absence using the Attendance Form PRIOR to the start of the night whenever possible. Three unexplained absences will result in a phone call home and potential removal from the squadron if we’re unable to contact you.
  • Field Training Exercises
    • Two per training year – one in the fall and one in the spring
    • Cadets must attend at least one of these exercises each year
    • Cadets will learn basic to advanced survival skills (i.e., building shelters, fires, hygiene in the field, etc.)
    • 2 days and 2 nights (Friday night to Sunday afternoon)
    • So. Much. Fun! These exercises are typically highlights of the training year.
  • Air Cadet Skills Day
    • The skills practiced during this day varies from year to year but they are all air cadet focused.
  • Gliding Familiarization
    • Each cadet is required to participate in a familiarization flight each training year. This is usually a half day or full day session at CFB Borden. Cadets typically have 2-3 shifts they can sign up for.
  • Marksmanship
    • Each cadet is required to participate in an air rifle familiarization shoot each training year.
    • Marksmanship teaches cadets about self-discipline, body discipline, safety, and sport.
  • Sports and Fitness
    • A critical aim of the cadet program.
    • Cadets will be required to participate in a fitness assessment each training year (dates and times to be confirmed).
    • We encourage cadets to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle and many of our activities require some degree of physicality (drill, sports, marksmanship, etc.).
    • We will also strive to work in a few sports days into our regular training program (may be combined with fitness assessment days).

Optional Training (optional to join but mandatory attendance required if you join)

  • Band – Military Brass/Reed/Marching
    • Tuesday evenings from 1800-2000 (6pm-8pm) at LHQ (basement of daycare) or St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School (location of each particular practice will be communicated directly to the band).
    • No experience or instrument required, although it is certainly helpful.
    • Cadets are required to practice on their own throughout the week to be prepared for Tuesday practice.
    • Tuesday practices are in civilian attire.
  • Drill Team
    • Tuesday evenings from 1800-2000 (6pm-8pm) at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School (300 Great Lakes Dr, Brampton, ON L6R 2W7).
    • Tuesday practices are in civilian attire (parade boots may be required from time to time as dictated by the drill instructor).
    • Cadets will learn the art of precision drill, teamwork and leadership.
    • For competitions, teams are limited to 16 members and will be selected based on performance, but all who are interested may (and are encouraged to) participate.
    • HIGHLY recommended for senior cadets as the expectation as a senior is to set a high standard of drill, dress and deportment. Drill team is one of the best ways to improve these 3 items.
  • Range (marksmanship) Team
    • Saturdays from 1400-1700 (2pm-5pm) at LHQ (basement of the daycare) (dates and times may be subject to change with notice).
    • Requires a try-out but team(s) is comprised of both junior and senior cadets.
    • Practices are in comfortable civilian attire.
    • Bring homework, quiet activities to work on when you’re not on the range.
    • Cadets will learn how to safely handle an air rifle, which teaches great self-discipline, sportsmanship and teamwork. Cadets will participate in a variety of competitions throughout the training year. The 758 range team is highly competitive and tends to do quite well in competitions.
  • Ground School (for those hoping to get their pilot’s license)
    • Mandatory for any cadet hoping to earn their wings for glider or power through the cadet program.
    • Cadets must be in level 3 and 16 years old by June 30 of each training year.
    • Cadets wishing to participate in ground school will be subject to an entrance exam (all aviation material on the exam is located in the Instructional Guides from Levels 1-3).
      • The following POs are included in the entrance exam:
        • From Level One: POs 129, 170
        • From Level Two: POs 230, 231, 232, 270
        • From Level Three: POs 331, 336, 337, 360, 370
    • Upon successful completion of ground school, cadets may be offered the opportunity to apply for the scholarship program for either glider or power. The application process consists of a national exam and interview process. Ground school will prepare you for both.
    • For more information on the Flying Scholarship program, please speak to any of our already licensed cadets or staff members.
  • Effective Speaking / Debating
    • Dates and times to be confirmed and dependent on staff availability.
    • Cadets will learn the skills and best practices of speaking in public and participating in a debate.
    • Cadets will learn how to craft a speech, participate in impromptu speeches, preparing for a debate, and generally gain more confidence in front of a group.
    • More information on the Effective Speaking program can be found here.
  • Duke of Edinburgh
    • This is a globally recognized program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24.
    • This is a self-directed program with some assistance from staff at 758 to help cadets reach their individual goals.
    • There is no specific night to train. Cadets conduct training on their own and any administration or direction will occur on regular parade nights.
    • More information about the Duke of Ed program can be found here.