Sept 17, 2021 FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER...
TO ALL CURRENT 820 SQUADRON MEMBERS:
A NOTE REGARDING FEES: while the DND/CF side of the cadet program is free...the Air Cadet League (a separate entity entirely) handles many financials including insurance liability, airplane maintenance, office administration etc. In turn, they charge every Air Cadet squadron a fee for each cadet that is a member (to cover their costs). Consequently, the 820 Squadron Support Committee gets a substantial invoice to pay every year based on the number of cadets. This is unique to the Air Cadet program (Army and Sea are not billed these expenses by their Leagues). At the same time, the Support Committee also has to raise the funds for our accommodations (for example, the school rental and the storage unit facilities). For 820, this amounts to almost $20,000 per year just for the school and the storage. So if you are wondering why registration fees are necessary...this should provide a good idea. Yes, technically the cadet program is free...but a lot of the costs to actually run the program lies solely with the Support Committee (hence annual fees and tagging/fundraising events).
NOTE: The collection of fees and/or 820 financials is the sole responsibility of the Support Committee (chaired by Mr. Donald Alva - he can be reached at email@example.com for questions and or concerns) - 820 CIC/Staff are not involved in this process in any way.
As per Mr Alva's direction the cost will be $200 (which includes the Air Cadet League Lottery Book which you will be refunded - $60 credit back- if you are able to sell all the tickets). This will be payable in cash only and a receipt will be given. Cheques will no longer be accepted as there have been too many returned NSF (which then costs the SSC more money in bank charges).
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. He will then forward your inquiry to the appropriate staff member. We do not have a phone number in use at this time.
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 email@example.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 another Air, Sea, or Army unit) please e-mail the AdminO who will then forward your request/information to the appropriate authority for processing.
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 21 September 2021.
DO NOT USE THE "JOIN CADETS" FUNCTION ON THE CANADA.CA WEBSITE (nor the firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
CADETS THAT DID NOT PARTICIPATE DURING THE 2020/2021 TRAINING YEAR: you have been removed from the system (by our Detachment) and are no longer enrolled in the program (820 had no control over this action as it was done at a higher level). If you wish to return you will have to complete a re-enrollment process in the Fall (when the 2021/2022 training year begins). Note that requests to join the private FB Group will be declined until the re-enrollment process has been completed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Re-registrations will start 21 Sep 2021.
UNIFORMS: 820 will begin to 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). Further dates/details to follow with info posted on the 820RCACS Facebook group. Capt Mike Cameron (the Supply Officer) can be reached at email@example.com for supply related issues only.
NEW 820 Kit Shop! https://promoplace.com/
(Scroll until you see our Squadron crest and then enter the password : 820CH)
NEXT PARADE NIGHT
Regular Training Night
Date: In Person training Parade nights will resume in Oct 2021
Time: 1845 to 2030 hrs
Location: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
Dress: CADETS - FTU uniform
RECRUITS - Black necktie, white button-up shirt / blouse, black slack/dress pants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.