Our first night in person for our new recruits will be on November 3, 2020 at 1830 (6:30pm). Due to COVID the facility is not open to the public and only the future cadets are allowed to enter the building.
New recruits must pre register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as we will be putting a cap on the amounts of cadets enrolled due to size restriction and distancing.
With the organization of the Squadrons Sponsoring Chair Ms. Hart and Vice Chair Mr. Wall we are trying to have an information session set up just for you. More details to follow…
The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is a national program developed by the Department of National Defence (DND) for youth ages 12 to 18 who want to make new friends while participating in fun and challenging activities. DND shares responsibility for the Cadet Program with its civilian counterpart, the Air Cadet League of Canada.
The goals of the Air Cadet Program are:
⮚ To develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership;
⮚ To promote physical fitness; and,
⮚ To stimulate the interest of youth in the air element activities of the Canadian Forces
604 Moose Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron was founded on 7 March 1955 and named after our affiliate, 419 Moose Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cold Lake, AB. Our motto is Moosa Aswayita, Cree for Beware the Moose.
There are no registration fees or dues to join the Cadet Program. Cadets and parents are encouraged to participate in and contribute to fundraising on behalf of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee and Air Cadet League to offset costs not covered by the Department of National Defence.
Upon joining, uniforms are loaned free of charge and must be washed and returned upon departure from the squadron.
While cadets learn about the Canadian Forces, they are not members of the military nor are they expected to join.
The Squadron staff is composed of members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) who are part-time Canadian Forces officers responsible for the training and administration of cadets. Other Canadian Forces members and Civilian Instructors/Volunteers may also be part of the staff.
Squadron Sponsoring Committee
The Squadron Sponsoring Committee coordinates local support for the Cadets. 604 Moose Squadron Sponsoring Committee is composed of all the parents of 604 cadets. The Sponsoring Committee is responsible for providing suitable accommodation for cadet training activities, promoting the Cadet Program to the community and fundraising and managing the funds for additional activities not supported by the DND.
The Squadron has a couple of ways we communicate with our cadets and parents. First we have a website where we will display announcements but most importantly we have a Squadron Calendar on the website that we advise cadets to always review as events and facilities can change. The second method is directly to your cadet via the Discord app under announcements. This is the platform we use to instruct all of our virtual training. The third place for communication is our private facebook site and you need to ask to join this site. Our facebook site is more for pictures, fun announcements, and a place cadets, parents, and staff can share. It is not our main source of communication and you are advised to see the Discord app and Website.
Supporting and encouraging your child is an important aspect of your role in the cadet program. Please help your cadet to arrive on time for cadet activities, and be there to pick them up promptly when activities end. It is important that you keep the Squadron Staff informed of any changes that may affect your child’s personal file such as medical concerns, emergency contact information, legal custody, and contact info. You should also inform the Squadron Staff of any incidents or concerns. Feel free to contact the Commanding Officer or a member of the staff at any time throughout the year, but understand the responsibility rests with your child to keep you informed of the activities at the cadet unit.
The safety and security of all who participate in the Cadet Program is always one of our top priorities. It is assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic could last 18 months or longer. This virus will likely return in multiple waves and continue to pose a threat to the Canadian Public. A return to normalcy is not forecasted any time soon, and we need to prepare for a new normal.
Therefore, that is why, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group has made the decision to delay the start-up of limited in-person cadet activities until at least 1 October, 2020. This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. It ensures that we have proper measures in place for the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and JCR programs do not become a vector to spread the COVID-19 virus.
Although the fall of 2020 will not roll out the same way it has in years before, we remain committed to ensuring that the Cadet Program continues to provide unique experiences for youth within our community. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to me.