Optional Activities

B&R and P&D Music programs

(Please check event calendar for timings)

Email me if you have questions - Major Lambert at: jean-francois.lambert@forces.gc.ca

2017-2018 SEASON 

All new members interested in this very successful program should have some knowledge in music and if possible in the instruments that they wish to play with the ensemble.

A cadet with NO musical knowledge but HIGH level of motivation could be considered.

Important dates to remember:

End of August 2017: Instruments allocation for all returning cadets at the Squadron Hangar (7pm to 9pm)

10 & 11 September 2017: First rehearsals of the season and the Central Band location (Sun B&R, Mon P&D)

17 September 2017: Army Run Cheering Station (All Bands playing, 8am to 1pm, )

5 November 2017: Remembrance Day ceremony, Ottawa South Strathcona Legion (Brass & Reeds Band + Piper)

11 November 2017: Remembrance Day ceremony, Manotick Legion (Pipes & Drums Band)

18 November 2017: Parade of Toys, Downtown Ottawa (Brass & Reeds + Drumline) (P&D TBC)

TBC January 2017: Ottawa/Gatineau Cadet Brass and Reed band clinic (NCR)

TBC January 2017: Cadet Pipes and Drums band clinic (NCR)

20 January 2018: "Robbie Burns Dinner" at the Royal Canadian Legion, Strathcona Branch "595" (Bank Street) - Pipes & Drums

11 February 2018: Ottawa 67's National Anthems by B&R and P&D performance (TD Place,1015 Bank Street)

24-25 March 2018: Eastern Region Cadet Music Festival (ERCMF) at Jeanne-Mance School, 45 Avenue des Frères, Drummondville, J2B 6A2

7 April 2018: Funhaven Band Programs overnight activity, Saturday overnight stay for all band cadets! 

27 Mai 2018: Annual Ceremonial Review 

Mai-June 2018: Annual Mess Dinner

Mai-June 2018: End of the Year Concert (Last performance of the year!)

***TO BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE TO THESE VERY EXPENSIVE ACTIVITIES, ALL BAND PROGRAMS' CADETS SHOULD SIGN UP FOR AT THE VERY LEAST ONE FULL DAY DURING THE TWO TAG DAYS EVENTS IN AUTUMN AND/OR IN SPRING. 

REGULAR BAND PROGRAM AT THE SQUADRON LEVEL

Description

For all cadets, regardless of their level of music experience, who would like to become musicians. The cadet will be able to advance their musical talents and help their peers. The band performs at various parades throughout the year, both within the Squadron and throughout the community.

Schedule

Mondays from 18h30 to 20h30 for the Pipes and Drums Bands

Sundays from 14h00 to 17h00 for the Brass and Reeds Bands 

Location

Brass & Reeds and Pipes & Drums: Hangar 16 (Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces) located at the corner of Paul Benoit Driveway (formerly Canadair Drive) and Spitfire Private, close to the Ottawa International Airport. This Hangar is also on your left as you drive toward the Squadron's Hangar (Canada Reception Centre).

Requirements

Note that limited time to teach cadets basic music; cadets who wish to join the programs should already know some basics.

Band Officers 2017-2018

Band Programs Officer: Major Jean-François Lambert (Regular Forces volunteer) jean-francois.lambert@forces.gc.ca

Band programs Admin Officer: IC Patrick Gloutney

Pipes and Drums OPI: Mr. Rob McCarthy / Mr. Cory Hilliard (Civilian Instructor)

Brass and Reeds OPI: CWO Curtis Bain (Reg Force Volunteer)


Band Sergeant Major 2017-2018 – FSgt Anne-Florence Lambert

The Band Sergeant Major (BSM) is the most senior cadet of the Band Programs. He/She conducts the bands on parade, and oversees all activities and requirements for both Bands. (Brass & Reeds and Pipes & Drums)

The Band Sergeant Major must be at least a level 4 in music, preferably level 5. (Or its equivalent)


Pipe Major 2017-2018 FSgt Ian Wyllie

The Pipe Major (PM) oversees all activities and requirements for the Pipes and Drums band. He is the assistant to the BSM when required.

The Pipe Major must be at least a level 3 in music, preferably level 4-5. (Or its equivalent)


Assistant Band Sergeant Major 2017-2018 - FSgt Samarjit Bhullar

The Assistant Band Sergeant Major (ABSM) oversees all activities and requirements for the Brass & Reed bands. The ABSM is the assistant to the BSM when required.

The Assistant Band Sergeant Major must be at least a level 3 in music, preferably level 4 or 5. (Or its equivalent)


Drum-Major 2017-2018 FSgt Samarjit Bhullar / Assistant Drum-Major (TBC)

The Drum-Major (DM) is responsible for drill, discipline and deportment of all three bands at all time. The DM is also the admin staffcadet and looks after parade state, etc.


Objective

The music program allows cadets to be introduced to the music world. Our focuses are a junior and senior military style band programs with Brass & Reed as well as percussion instruments, and we are also fortunate to have an excellent Pipes & Drums Program.

 If you require further information, you may contact our Squadron Representative, Major Jean-François Lambert (Regular Forces volunteer) at jean-francois.lambert@forces.gc.ca


Qualifications Awarded

The music level badges are awarded to the cadets who sufficiently pass level testing.

Material avail Google Drive

Music Level Basic

Music Level 1

Music Level 2

Music Level 3

Music Level 4

Music Level 5

 

 

Biathlon

Responsible Officer(s)

2Lt C. Glendenning & OCdt S. St.Onge


Objective

To promote physical fitness and an interest in the Biathlon program.


Description

Strength and cardiovascular conditioning through static exercises, hiking, running, and other dynamic activities. Training in ski-skate and marksmanship technique.

You don't have to know how to do it - we will show you.


Remarks

The skiing and shooting equipment are provided. However Cadets are to ensure that they have the following items if they are skiing at Camp Fortune:

a. tuque;
b. minimum 2 pairs of gloves or mittens;
c. 2 pairs of woollen socks;
d. cotton or woollen sweaters;
e. warm, stretch clothing for skiing;
f.  parka;
g. indoor clothing for the theory classes;
h. warm boots or sneakers, depending on the weather;
i. lunch; and
j. medicare card.


Schedule

Usually on Saturdays: please refer to squadron calendar for exact dates. We start at 9am and pick up is at 2:30pm.


Location

Practices locations vary. Most practices as well as the competition are at Camp Fortune . To get to Camp Fortune from Ottawa :

From downtown Ottawa, take either the MacDonald Cartier Bridge or the Portage Bridge onto Highway #5 North. Follow the blue tourist road signs to Camp Fortune.


Requirements

Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Biathlon Team.  Any cadet planning to attend any biathlon activity must advise one of the officers involved.  This allows us to contact the cadet if the activity has to be cancelled and to ensure that no cadet arrives without being met by others.

Cadets are to wear appropriate dress for the weather.

Always bring a pen and paper, backpack and water.


Qualifications Awarded

The Cadet Biathlon Championship Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.

Zone
Provincial
National
Myriam Bedard Award

Home Workout Routines

I have created a workout routine for our athletes to work on while at home throughout the week.

Please find the suggested December Schedule, and the January Schedule under Resources - Biathlon Training. These schedules also include the dates of Biathlon Practices over the next two months (including location and time). They will also be able to find a copy of the suggested strength training workout and the workout tracker there.

Please feel free to make adjustments to fit your personal schedule.


 

Updates & Important Info

 

Chairman's Award

Responsible Officer

Maj Brennan


Description

Information can be found at the Quebec & Ottawa Valley Provincial Air Cadet League Website.

Mission

The Air Cadet Movement believes that all of its members (cadets, volunteers, employees and directors) pursue a continual quest for improvement in order to better serve, and to always move forward. As such, we constantly strive to learn from our experiences, to progress and to improve as a result of this, in order to provide better service based on our contributions. Thus our motto: “To Learn, To Serve and To Advance”.

Purpose for the award

As members of the Air Cadet Movement, we believe that it is important to recognize those who are devoted to their tasks, demonstrate initiative, are dynamic and possess leadership qualities. We also wish to encourage and support the ideals of dedication, effort and an ethical sense.

The award

The Chairman’s Award serves to reward a cadet who by his/her actions, societal involvement and leadership represents the values of the Air Cadet League. The recipient will demonstrate that he/she is capable of sharing his/her ideas and experiences in the community. The winner will have shown the ability to accomplish these ideas and to rally others to implement a project. The recipient will also demonstrate the necessary confidence to be an ambassador of the Air Cadet League in the community and amongst his/her peers.

Duke of Edinburgh

Responsible Officer

Capt R. Lucas


Training Dates

Self directed program.


Objective

Conceived by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, and started in Canada in 1963, the program aims to help young persons develop strength of character, leadership and personal discipline through four sectors of activity: community service, sports activities, skills, and expedition. The awards purpose is similar to the aims of the Air Cadet Program.


Description

Known around the world as The International Award for Young People, the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge program regroups some 565,000 active people, aged from 14 to 25, in more than 108 countries. It is considered a very prestigious award in recognition of their individual efforts and their performance.

Like Air cadets, the Award Program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement and challenge, making the Award attainable by all.

The program allows you to work at your own pace, accumulate certain number of hours per week in different categories. Many of the hours required in the program are already being done by most of you just by being in the Air Cadets. For example, if you are on the Drill Team, you can use Drill Team practices as a skill development activity or as a physical activity. If you teach on training nights, you meet the community service requirements. For Ontario students who require 40 hrs of community service to graduate, those hours can be put towards the award as well. If you take music lessons, horseback riding lessons, or whatever your interest may be outside of cadets, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.


Remarks

The squadron facilitates but does not finance the program.

There is a $30.00 initial registration fee for each level of the program.

To apply to the program and for a registration form or for more information, please contact the our OPI.

Or you can visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Ontario.


Schedule

Self-paced with planned group activities.

Meetings are held when required.


Requirements

Any cadet, from any level, may register for the program.

The minimum age is 14.


Qualification Awarded

Three award level Duke of Edinburgh pins are available. Only the highest-level award attained is worn on the front left pocket of the uniform tunic.

BronzeBronze

SilverSilver

Gold Gold


Location

742 Air Cadet Squadron

Drill Team Program

Information on the 2016-2017 season will be posted soon. Keep up to date by visiting the Event Calendar.


Responsible Officer

Drill Program: CI S. White
Improv Team: TBD

Strathcona Drill Team Commander:  TBD / 2IC: TBD
Improvisation Drill Team Commander: TBD


Objective

Cadets are to work towards improvement and putting into practice the knowledge of all individual and squad (flight) drill movements executed by the Air Cadets.

Improv Drill Team: Preparation and practice of all drill movements (given a set of thirty movements that need to be executed on the spot) towards the regional and provincial drill competition.
Strathcona Drill Team: preparation and practice of a choreography (a compulsory sequence with words of command and a silent choreographed sequence) towards the regional and provincial drill competition.


Description

The Improv Drill Team is composed of a minimum of 12 cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.
The Strathcona Drill Team is composed of a minimum of 21 Cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.

The Drill Team participates in the regional Ottawa-Area Drill Competition held in March (TBA) in hopes to advance to the provincial Quebec and Ottawa Valley Drill Competition held in June (TBA).

Drill is an important part of cadet training. Drill promotes discipline, alertness, precision, pride, steadiness, and the cohesion necessary for success within a group. From a leadership perspective, drill is an excellent vehicle to help enhance some personal attributes. A senior cadet’s assertiveness, confidence in his/her abilities while speaking in front of a group, and supervisory skills while correcting personnel on their dress and personal drill all benefit from drill instruction.


Schedule

Sundays 0900-1200hrs (these timings are subject to change)

Information on the 2016-2017 season will be posted soon.  Keep up to date by visiting the Event Calendar.


Location

Hangar 11


Requirements

Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Drill Team Program. Cadets who are not selected for one of the two Drill Teams can continue to refine their skills for the following year - express this interest to the Responsible Officers.

Cadets selected as members and alternates of the Drill Team MUST:

  • Be present each week and cannot miss two (2) weekends consecutively (otherwise, an officer and their team commander must notified).
  • Be respectful and;
  • Possess an appropriate and positive attitude towards the members of the team.
  • Be in the correct dress requirements.
  • Strive towards the standards in dress and deportment required.
  • New members: demonstrate improvement and strive to excel in the execution of their drill.
  • Returning members: demonstrate knowledge and high-level execution of their drill.

Dress

  • Civilian dress, suitable for physical activity.
  • MANDATORY: Drill boots and socks
  • Hair elastics: Hair must be up and back for female cadets with long hair. 
  • Note: Cadets may be required to wear their full uniform for specific practices and/or bring their uniform parts for inspection.

Effective Speaking

Responsible Officer

TBD


Objective

under construction


Description

under construction


Schedule

under construction

Information on the 2016-2017 season will be posted soon.  Keep up to date by visiting the Event Calendar.


Location

TBD


Requirements

under construction


Dress

under construction

Objective

Develop communica

Ground School

Ground School Staff

Scholarship GS: Capt Parker

General GS: CI Wilson


Objective

The Ground School program is provided to offer academic training to interested Air Cadets who wish to compete for selection for the Glider Scholarship Program or the Power Scholarship Program.


Description

The Ground School Program consists of two phases: General Ground School deals with the initial training of the cadets; Scholarship Ground School deals with advanced training of those cadets eligible for a flying scholarship. Specifics of each phase are:

  • General Ground School: Topics include aircraft operations, air law, meteorology, navigation, interview techniques and general information on the aviation industry and the Air Force. Activities include visits and flight simulator sessions.
  • Scholarship Ground School: This phase runs from September to February, entails an in-depth review of the material presented in General Ground School, and includes various evaluations which serve to identify candidates for the glider and power scholarship courses.

Remarks

During summer camps, cadets can earn a glider pilot or power pilot licence issued by Transport Canada.  These are CIVILIAN qualifications.  Once qualified, cadet pilots can operate an aircraft within civilian organizations as well as within the cadet organization.

Furthermore, cadets who do not have the minimum age required to pilot an aircraft as required by Transport Canada (16 or 17 years) can attend a 3-week summer course: Introduction to aviation.


Schedule

See the Event Calendar for schedules for General and Scholarship Ground School.


Location

Squadron training sites.  


Dress

Civilian clothes


Requirements

Scholarship Ground School:

Eligible for a scholarship in the Summer following the training year ; must be in Training Level 3 or higher.

General Ground School

All cadets who are interested in aviation, and particularly who are interested in attending a scholarship in a future year.


Qualifications Awarded

Successful graduates of the Ground School program may be selected for a flying scholarship, where they may be awarded their glider or power pilot wings:

Power Pilot
Glider Pilot

Flight Simulator School

Responsible Officer

Capt Leben


Description

Flight Simulator School teaches Cadets some basics of flight and aviation - utilizing Microsoft Flight Simulator (FSX).

With 4 simulators, Cadets have an opportunity to learn to fly in a controlled environment with structured lessons and learning objectives.  Cadets will fly individually and then in multiplayer sessions with simulated air traffic control, and other Cadets as real air traffic!

Flight Simulator School is usually run 2 nights a week, with two sessions, each being 1.5 hours in duration.  Cadets must successfully complete each lesson, in order to qualify to sign up for the next one.  Each lesson builds on the previous one, so it is important to grasp and understand the objectives!

The first training year is spent on the Cessna 172 learning the basics from ground taxiing to formation flying and varying weather conditions.  From there more advanced aircraft and techniques are introduced to provide additional challenges.  This program is an excellent add on to supplement the Ground School program also offered at our Squadron.


Schedule & Location

Held at 8 Clements Pvt, the training sessions are usually run Wednesday and Friday evenings.

  • Session 1  1830 to 2000hrs
  • Session 2  2000 to 2130hrs

Requirements

Cadets must be enrolled in Level 2 of the Cadet Training Program in order to join.  Cadets must successfully complete each lesson, in order to sign up for the next lesson in the training program.

Cadets are expected to be able to follow directions, and proper simulator handling techniques.


Dress

Civilian Clothes


Marksmanship

Responsible Officer

TBD


Marksmanship Team Coach

TBD 


Objective

Develop an interest for the sport of competition marksmanship, while promoting the secure handling of firearms.


Description

Marksmanship is one of the most popular cadet training activities. Cadet marksmanship had its roots in familiarization training with the Canadian Forces. Its current focus, however, is on teaching cadets the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program has been specifically designed for youth and is based on Olympic-style competition.

Self-confidence, acceptance of responsibility and sports etiquette are just some of the life skills acquired from the training. A healthy respect for firearms, the development of proficient use of rifles for sport and recreational purposes, and an improvement in self-discipline are additional benefits.

Cadets use the Daisy 853C air rifle that fires a .177 calibre pellet and has a round aperture sight. Because of the low muzzle velocity, the Daisy 853C is not classified as a firearm under federal gun legislation.

Throughout the year, cadets participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in zone and territorial/provincial competitions and the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.

Also, marksmanship activities are present at all the various cadet summer training centres and some courses are aimed specifically towards this program. A limited number of cadets may also fire small bore and large bore rifles.


Remarks

The rifles, pellets, portable shooting ranges and targets are provided.

Recreational shooting periods are scheduled into the training plan to give each cadet a chance to fire.


Schedule

Practices to qualify for the team will begin in mid-December and run to late January. Interested cadets may contact the coach to arrange to attend a practice.

Once selected, the competition team will practice each Saturday until the competition in mid-March.


Location

We share a shooting range with 706 Squadron. The range is located at 5 Brouillette Boulevard, Ottawa, Ontario (on the grounds of CFPTC Connaught, in Kanata).


Requirements

Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Marksmanship Team. The team will be selected from the group of cadets who qualify, based on scores at practice. An additional consideration is the requirements for team composition; at least two Junior cadets are required on the team.


Qualifications Awarded

Qualifications are based on shooting 5 pellets onto a grouping target. A cadet must attain the standard (as listed below) on two separate targets in the course of a year to obtain the qualification. The highest qualification attained during the year is retained. For a Marksman qualification, a cadet must obtain two groupings of 3 cm on two targets. For example:

Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 3 cm
First Class Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.5 cm
Expert Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.0 cm
Distinguished Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 1.5 cm

Three additional Cadet Marksmanship Championship Series Pins are awarded when a member competes in the various levels of competition.

Zone
Provincial
National