Teams & Activities
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program (OPI: Laura-Lee Balkwill)
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.
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.
The squadron facilitates but does not finance the program.
There is a $30.00 initial registration fee.
To apply to the program and for a registration form or for more information, please contact CI Sobczak.
Self-paced with planned group activities.
Meetings are held when required.
Any cadet, from any level, may register for the program.
The minimum age is 14.
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.
Improvisation and Effective Speaking (OPI: Capt Czuczor and 2Lt Simpson)
Develop communication skills and prepare for the regional competition.
The Air Cadet League hosts an annual effective speaking contest. Cadets will compete locally on a predetermined topic and the selected cadet will represent the squadron at the regional competition. They may be selected to represent the National Capital Region at the Provincial Competition in St-Jean and may be even be sent to the Nationals!
More information about the competitions and compition rules and topics can be found on the Provincial Air Cadet League Website (Quebec & Ottawa Valley)
There is a pin awarded for participation at the regional, provincial and national levels.
Music/Band (OPI: WO Megan Driscoll)
The 706 music program allows cadets to be introduced to the music world. Our focus in the music program is specialised towards a Military Band, which consists primarily of wind and percussion instruments.
For all cadets, regardless of music experience, who are or would like to become musicians. The cadet will be able to advance their musical talents and to help their peers. The band is often found performing at various parades throughout the year, both within the Squadron and throughout the community.
Any cadet, from any level, may come out for the band and try their hand at music.
The music level badges are awarded to the cadets who sufficiently pass level testing.
Marksmanship Team (OPI: Capt Czuczor / CI Aleknivicus)
Develop an interest for shooting while promoting the secure handling of firearms.
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. We are part of Zone 17. Here is a link to the regional website.
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.
The rifles, pellets, portable shooting ranges and targets are provided.
Here are the safety directives from the Cadet Program for the use of Rifles
Recreational shooting periods are scheduled into the training plan to give each cadet a chance to fire.
Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Marksmanship Team.
Qualifications are based on shooting 10 pellets onto two targets for all levels. The 10 pellets are fired on the same relay. 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.
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 3 cm
|First Class Marksman
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.5 cm
2 groupings of 5 pellets within 2.0 cm
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.
Ground School (OPI: OCdt Joseph Augé)
What is Ground School?
Ground School is aimed at the cadets who are eligible to apply for the Glider or Power Scholarships. However, all cadets are welcomed to attend this course.
Please view this presentation for more information on the Ground School Program ---> Ground School Presentation
Glider Scholarship Eligibility:
- Minimum age is 16 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken,
- Level three successfully completed by the end of the current training year,
- Grade 9 or equivalent completed by nomination deadline
- Must be able to obtain a valid category 3 medical certificate from transport Canada
Power Scholarship Eligibility:
- Minimum age is 17 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken,
- Level four successfully completed by the end of the current training year,
- Grade 10 or equivalent completed by nomination deadline
- Must be able to obtain a valid category 3 medical certificate from transport Canada
The Ground School Curriculum is based on the Cadet Flying Scholarship Study Guide. This book is available to purchase at printing cost ($25-30). See the Ground School Instructor for more details.
Aeronautical Rules and Facilities:
- Please see the National Summer Training tab (under Training and Orders) for information on scholarships.
Please reference the Event Calendar for more detailed information.
Drill Team (OPI: Maj Southern)
Improvement and putting into practice the knowledge of all individual and squad (flight) drill movements executed by the Air Cadets.
Preparation and practice of a choreography (a compulsory sequence with words of command and a silent choreographed sequence) towards the end year drill competition.
The Drill Team is composed of at least 15 cadets led by a Drill Team Commander.
The Drill Team participates in the Provincial Drill Competition held each year in the spring.
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.
Any cadet, from any level, may try out for the Drill Team.
In addition, candidates must:
Be present each week.
Give 100% effort 100% of the time
Possess a correct and positive attitude towards the members of the team.
Continuously demonstrate improvement in the execution of their drill.
All Saints High School
Biathlon Team (OPI: OCdt Nathalie Roy)
Canada's Department of National Defence offers biathlon training programs for its cadets!
The goal of the Cadet Biathlon Program is to promote physical fitness and to promote the safe handling of rifles.
Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing or running and marksmanship. It requires tremendous endurance and strength as well as skill and precision. Unpredictable elements including weather and wind conditions make this outdoor sport a fun and rewarding challenge that thousands of cadets participate in each year. (source)
The 706 Event Calendar and SignUp are used for all biathlon events.
Optional Practice 2020-2021 Tuesdays (tbc)
Regular Practice 2020-2021 Saturdays
Various locations in Kanata & Camp Fortune, Chelsea, QC
All cadets are welcome to participate and try out for the team
Equipment Provided for Skiing and Shooting
- Dress appropriate to weather
- Wind & snow pants
- Water proof or water resistant jacket
- Base layers
- Extra layers
- Winter boots
- Running shoes
- Warm ski or winter socks
- Gloves, tuque and Buff (if approved by the Regional Director or Coach)
- Water bottle
- Kit bag
Cadets are to bring their Health Cards
Criteria for Team Development
Team Spirit/Overall Attitude
Please review the following team dates in order to ensure availability for the 2019-2020 biathlon season:
- 2021 Biathlon Regional Competition January 16-17 or 23-24, 2021(tbc)
- 2021 Biathlon Provincial Competition February 11-14, 2021 (tbc)
- 2021 Biathlon National Competition March 2-8, 2021 (tbc)
The Cadet Biathlon Championship Series Pins are awarded upon completion of various levels of competition: Regional, Provincial and National.
OCdt Roy (Nathalie.Roy@cadets.gc.ca)
Training occurs at multiple locations. Please see Event Calendar for weekly confirmation.