Aug 18, 2022 FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER MAJOR BRENT CROSS, CD

TO ALL CURRENT 820 SQUADRON MEMBERS:

SUMMER STAND DOWN:  820 is now stood down for the summer and will commence regular training (eg: Tues night parades) in Sept of 2022.  Our first "official" training night will be 20 Sep at St Benedict school.

Annual Validations and Recruitment Nights:  06 and 13 Sept 7pm-9pm in the Banquet Room at the Milton Sports Centre (Santa Maria Blvd).  Returning cadets must attend with a parent/guardian to complete the Annual Validation process and to submit the current yearly fee ($200 cash - receipt will be provided).  Civilian dress is appropriate.  New Recruits must attend with a parent/guardian to submit the proper enrollment documents and fees.

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COVID SCREENING MANDATORY:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

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LOTTERY 2022: see attached Instructions/Fact Sheet:  Air Cadet LOTTERY 2022 Fact Sheet and Instructions
Those wishing to opt out (eg: for religious reasons) MUST contact the SSC at ssc.820squadron@gmail.com (prior to 20 Mar 2023) and let them know. See fact sheet attached on how your payment will be redistributed back to the Squadron.
All questions/concerns are to be directed to the SSC Chair Mr. Donald Alva (ssc.820squadron@gmail.com). Do not contact 820 staff as they will not be able to assist you.
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A NOTE REGARDING FEES:  click on the "About 820" menu option, then "Squadron Support Committee" (in the drop down menu) for more information.   $200 cash is the current yearly fee.

SQUADRON SUPPORT COMMITTEE QUESTIONS: for inquires regarding fees, fundraising, Lottery Books, etc. please contact Mr Donald Alva DIRECT AT: lalva4006@gmail.com or ssc.820squadron@gmail.com
NOTE: 820 Staff (Officers and Civilian Instructors) have no involvement with Squadron financials whatsoever. This is solely the responsibility of the SSC and Mr. Donald Alva (the Chairperson). Please do not contact staff regarding financials as they are not able to assist you in any way.   Thank you for understanding.

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New Communication Method:  effective June 28 2021,  Weekly Routine Orders (and all important Squadron information) will be sent out via a private Facebook Group.   CURRENT 820 Cadets/Parents/Guardians can request to join the group now by searching 820RCACS (no spaces) on Facebook and answering 3 security questions.  For those parents/guardians who do not want their cadets on social media, the responsibility will then fall to parents/guardians to retrieve the information and forward to their son or daughter.  This change in information distribution will ensure 100% communication for all relevant members of the 820 team.  If you want to be informed - join the FB group.  This will be the only form of official communication to cadets/parents/guardians moving forward.

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E-Mail:  if you need to contact one of the 820 staff members then you must first contact our Administration Officer Capt (Ret) Peter Cranley at adm.820squadron@gmail.com.  He will then forward your inquiry to the appropriate staff member.  We do not have a phone number in use at this time.

EXCEPTION:  you may e-mail the Supply Officer (Capt Cameron) direct at: supo.820squadron@gmail.com

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TO PARENTS OF RETURNING CADETS:   If your child is a RETURNING CADET (FROM THE PREVIOUS TRAINING YEAR),   ANNUAL Validations will be completed "in person" (along with the payment of fees).  Questions/concerns can be sent to the  820 Administration Officer at adm.820squadron@gmail.com.  If your cadet is not returning, please advise the AdminO via e-mail, who will then liaise with the Supply Officer for uniform return, and then proper release from the CCO.    If you are a TRANSFERRING CADET (from or to another Air, Sea, or Army unit) please e-mail the AdminO who will then forward your request/information to the appropriate authority for processing.  If you are transferring "out" all 820 issued kit must be returned before you can be released to the new unit.

TO PARENTS OF NEW RECRUITS: If your child is at least 12 years of age, but not yet 19, and is interested in becoming a cadet for the first time, click on the "Join Air Cadets" link for specific requirements and documents.   New cadet registrations will start being accepted on 06 September 2022.

DO NOT USE THE "JOIN CADETS" FUNCTION ON THE CANADA.CA WEBSITE (nor the 820air@cadets.gc.ca e-mail address) as it is unreliable and is missing information.  Use only the information and forms provided via this website for new registrations (which MUST be completed/actioned/verified in person).

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UNIFORMS:   820 will have regular nights available for uniform upgrades/exchanges for both the new FTU uniform and the DEU dress uniform (all cadets will be issued both).  See also the 820RCACS Facebook group or the "Supply" link on the menu bar.   Capt Mike Cameron (the Supply Officer) can be reached at supo.820squadron@gmail.com for supply related issues only.

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SCC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  click on the "About 820" menu option, then "Squadron Support Committee" (in the drop down menu) for more information.
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VACCINATION INFORMATION:  CURRENTLY WAIVED AS OF 06 MAR 2022 (but we are leaving the info posted for now - in case there is a return to mandated vaccinations).  HOWEVER:  all cadets participating in summer training MUST now show proof of full vaccination (2 doses).  This is a new DND requirement.
NEW:  Mandatory Vaccination Required for IN PERSON TRAINING (Oct 2021)
VACCINATIONS: these are mandatory for in person training. This is not a 820 decision - it is our landlord's rule which we MUST follow.  If you have registered your cadet and he/she is not (or will not be) vaccinated (not including valid medical exemption) then notify us immediately and your registration fees will be returned and we will de-enroll your son or daughter from the program.
We do not have the resources to run any kind of "hybrid" or "virtual" concurrent program. We are focusing our energy and workforce on in person training (which is what the cadet program was designed for).
If you would still like your child in cadets, then I suggest that you look into other cadet units that may not be under the same vaccination mandate.
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COVID PRE-SCREENING FORM:  MANDATORY - OR USE:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
 

 

 

NEXT PARADE NIGHT

Regular Training Night (in person at St. Benedict school)

Date:               20 Sept 2022

Time:               1830(sharp) to 2045 hrs

Location:         St Benedict School (80 McLaughlin Ave)

Dress:              CADETS - see Weekly Routine Orders posted on the 820RCACS  Facebook group.

For further details, please review our Weekly Routine Orders (WROs). If you have any questions not answered by our FAQs, WROs, or the Google calendar, please email us at adm.820squadron@gmail.com.  Thank you.