2 Squadron
2 VandenBos Whitby Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

If you receive a new health card with a new Version Code and Expiry Date, please send the updated information to admin@2vandenbos.org.

You should all now have been able to sign on to our new Virtual Meeting platform. Issues? Email helpdesk@2vandenbos.org with your Rank, Surname and email address along with the issue.

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Weekly Message

Weekly Message for 3 March 2021 (11 points of information)

1.     Virtual Regular Wednesday Night Training - When attending the Opening Parade, only click to join the meeting running that has the current date *and* the words 'Opening Parade' in its title.  Cadets are to report to the 'Opening Parade' Channel no later than 1845 hours. Cadets are reminded to return to the 'Opening Parade' Channel once classes have been dismissed in order to attend the Closing Parade.  Attendance is taken during all three (3) periods plus during Opening and Closing Parade. NOTE:  Unless you have identified an issue, cadets are expected to have their camera on for the evening.  

2.      Dress for this Wednesday (3 March 2021) is Sqn T-Shirt for Cadets. Don't have a Squadron red t-shirt? You are to wear a pressed white dress shirt, cadet or black tie and black dress pants.

3.      Mandatory Fitness Testing - Flight 4 you're up this Thursday to complete your MANDATORY physical fitness assessment. All Cadets, please look at the calendar and sign up for only YOUR respective Flight the day before the event at the latest. Not certain to which Flight you belong? Check on the website ASAP: Dept/Teams page -> Organizational Groups -> search for your name and/or profile photo within the organizational 'trees' of Flights 3 to 5 or contact your Level Officer without delay.

4.      Level 3's are reminded that their 15 minute presentations continue this Wednesday. Your presentation should be prepared and your lesson plan uploaded to the following Teams location: Level 3 > Files > Instructor Course Assignments and Resources. As a final reminder for those that are still unaware: the presentation topics are from Level 1/2 topics, but you will be presenting to your peers in Level 3.

5.      Level 4 will meet in the common Level 4 channel for training. All Level 4 are asked to come to training with some string and/or boot laces, and have with them a few pens, pencils/pencil crayons for use during the training activities for the evening. 

6.      Level 4 cadets are to complete their aviation exam online by 11 March 21.

7.      Don't forget to submit your website profile photo should you be one of the Cadets remaining with a 'silhouette' avatar. Help us put a face to your name during our virtual training sessions.

8.      Join the Public Affairs Team members completing a day-long photo challenge/project on Tuesday, 9 March 2021. The purpose of Ali Edwards' A Day in the Life is to capture your current daily/weekly (on a Tuesday this time 'round) routines, your everyday, the mundane. Why? Because sometimes the very thing that may seem normal/boring will change forever in a heartbeat. What were you doing 9 March 2020 that you won't be doing this year? Think of everything that's changed this past year. Join in the fun! Details will be posted by 1000 hrs on 8 March 2201 in the Opportunities section of The Ready Room.

9.       We're going to be hosting a number of 'How It Started...How It's Going' Alumni Nights during future Checkpoint sessions. Come learn from our VandenBos Alumni what they took away from the Cadet Program, how they're applying it to their current paths, and what they're up to these days. We've got alumni who are training at RMC, a pilot, a Stress Engineer within the aerospace industry, some CAF personnel, one at medical school, and other interesting 2 Squadron family members you can meet and get to know. Keep your eyes on the Squadron's website calendar and sign up at least the day before every event you're interested in attending. Attend one, or attend them all. You'll always be welcome to join us at Checkpoint: a more casual, small-group experience for socialisation, sharing, and discussion.

10.     The Cadet Activity Program dates have changed to April 12-16 in order to align with the new School March Break dates. See our Ready Room -> Opportunities page for more information.

11.      Attention: Graduating Cadets! How are your photo and video searches going? Please help us build our media database to robustly represent your Cadet journeys!
 
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IMPORTANT MESSAGES

Virtual Training Nights within Microsoft (MS) Teams: Learn how to set up your MS Teams access, go to 'the Gym' for Opening Parade and transfer to your classroom following the steps outlined in the PDFs within the Files section, below.

COVID-19 Awareness Training:  All Cadets are required to complete the COVID-19 Awareness Training and test. The link to how to access the Extranet may be found in the File section below. Cadets are to print out a Certificate of Completion after completing this test and send to admin@2vandenbos.org.

 

Fitness Sessions
COVID-19 Message from the Commander and Formation Chief Warrant Officer

COVID - 19 Update

CADETS CANADA·WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020
The safety and security of all who participate in our programs is always one of my top priorities. Combined with our commitment to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, it was clear to me that Canada’s Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers programs could not in good faith carry on with our planned summer activities while the rest of the Canadian Armed Forces is gearing up to assist Canadians in the face of COVID-19, and any other challenges they may face.

Therefore, that is why, I have made the decision to cancel all in-person Cadet and JCR training activities until 31 August 2020 and have directed that every Cadet and JCR have their training qualifications for this current training year marked as completed. This cancellation decision will affect local training, corps and squadron trips, cadet summer training and activities, in-person training for Cadet Instructors Cadre officers, and, in coordination with the Canadian Army, the JCR enhanced training sessions. This decision ensures the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet program, like the Canadian Armed Forces, does not become a vector to spread COVID-19.

This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. I have consulted far and wide to ensure that I am taking a measured response to the challenges that lie before us. In order to rise to that challenge, I will require Cadets, COATS members, our volunteers, and key stakeholders including League representatives, to come together - not only to bounce back, but to help improve and enhance the Cadet and JCR programs for the next generation of young Canadians when training is forecasted to resume in September 2020.

The Canadian Armed Forces have always done everything they can to support our programs, from providing medical support, instructors, and facilities which allow us to operate the summer training programs the way we do. The reality is that the Canadian Armed Forces now need to focus on the mission to protect Canadians during this pandemic. Their hard work and dedication will allow us to return stronger than ever.

Even in difficult times we are coming together in new ways. An excellent example was the Battle of Vimy Ridge virtual memorial through social media, which saw hundreds of cadets and JCRs honouring this important battle that shaped our nation. Putting a national-level effort together in this short a timeframe is just one small example of the work being done by local Commanding Officers and their staff, members of the formation and regional headquarters, and Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups to ensure that we remain focused on the Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger experience. Thank you all for your support and contributions during these difficult times.

I encourage all of you to find new and innovative ways to stay engaged with our programs throughout this pandemic, while respecting physical distancing. I want to thank all of the Corps and Squadron staff as well for their exemplary communication effort - these are challenging times and you have clearly stepped up to the plate.

I have directed my staff to begin planning to explore innovative ways to take advantage of this pause in training to implement new and exciting solutions for today’s youth. Expect to hear more about what this may entail in the weeks to come, as I will be looking at options that will involve employment opportunities for COATS members, Staff Cadets and Civilian Instructors to help make these ideas come to life.

I understand many of you will be disappointed with today’s news. However, the safety and security not only of those involved in our programs, but of all Canadians must be our top concern. The Cadet and Junior Canadian Programs must not be a vector for the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. I am confident in the strength and resilience of the men and women who not only support and lead this program, but also participate in it. I am extremely proud of all Cadets, Junior Canadian Rangers and adult staff of how you have been adapting to this unprecedented situation and adhering to the Government’s social distancing protocols. Our role now is to demonstrate leadership and citizenship in the face of adversity, and I know that you are all up to the challenge.
 
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Potential Recruit and Recruit Families, please read this document to answer our FAQs about our Recruit enrolment process.
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All Cadets who did NOT attend a virtual CTC this Summer should complete these steps to set up their (web app) access to our Microsoft Teams virtual training platform.
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All Cadets who DID attend a virtual CTC this Summer should complete these steps to set up their (desktop version) access to our Microsoft Teams virtual training platform.
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COVID-19 Awareness Course and Test info
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How to access the Extranet for COVID-19 training.
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Code of Conduct for Cadets
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Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate Order Form
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Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate Fundraising Form (multi-entry)
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Parent drivers are requested to complete this form and submit to an SSC
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Headquarters: Enterprise Airline (EAI)
1190 Keith Ross Drive Oshawa Ontario L1J 0C7

Commanding Officer: Maj Blight, C.

Training Nights: Wednesday 1830 - 2130 hrs

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