To Learn . To Serve . To Advance
of the program
TO DEVELOP ATTRIBUTES OF GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND LEADERSHIP
TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL
TO STIMULATE THE INTEREST OF YOUTH IN THE AIR ELEMENT OF THE CANADIAN FORCES
Each Air Cadet Squadron across Canada offers the same courses throughout the year (Mandatory Training Program). These weekly sessions run for approximately 30 weeks, in conjunction with the school year. Training is divided into 5 Levels, with cadets completing 1 Level per year. Courses vary from Aircrew Survival, Citizenship, Leadership, Navigation - to name but a few. For more detailed information on the National Training Program, visit the National Cadet Site.
At 690 Squadron, our Training is conducted Monday evenings. Our schedule offers additional monthly activities such as: Sports nights (basketball, cosom hockey, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer); Halloween Party, Beach Party & Wacky Sports Night, Movie Night and various tours. Listed above are the various activities that complement the theoretical material covered in these weekly session.
Due to the pandemic, the parent committee and officer staff continue to work to secure facilities to engage the optional activities program.
Our goal for optional training is simple - provide a wide variety of different activities that would appeal to all of our cadets. Cadets will be able to participate in activities pending their interest and availability. To provide an even further selection, activities typically change 3-4 times throughout the year.
Held twice a year (fall/spring) at Camp Mariste (Rawdon, Qc). This is the opportunity for our cadets to put theoretical survival to practical use, with focus on: fire building, local vegetation, ground to air signals, radio communications, map & compass, ground search & rescue and other simulated missions.
Held at Lachute Airport,
these activities are specifically to introduce cadets to flying. During the day, the cadets receive 1-2 flights, pending weather and the number of cadets present. Various aviation related courses are also conducted "on site", such as Aeronautical Facilities and Airframes.
All of 690's cadets are required to participate in a minimum of 4.5 hours of community related activities in order to successfully complete the Citizenship Course. List of activities are provided throughout the training year. Cadets are able to attend as many activities as they are interested in.
Physical fitness is at the heart of the Cadet Program. All of 690's cadets are required to participate in a minimum hours of sports in order to complete their training level. Cadets interested in playing more sports are invited to attend Optional Training Nights each Friday where they can join of our sports teams.
Cadets shoot the air rifle, and practice in the prone position (lying down). The cadets work on improving their technique and skill under the constant supervision of a qualified Range Safety Officer. The team for the local and Provincial Competition is selected from the cadets who participate during these Sessions.
The band is open to all cadets who are ready, willing and able to learn basic music theory, how to play and march with the instrument. The band plays during the Commanding Officer's Parades and other special events. Cadets or potential cadets who already play an instrument are strongly encouraged to join, however it is not a requirement. Various instruments are available to "Loan" to cadets. Most instruments issued from schools can be used in the band.
This is the perfect place to improve your drill skills. You can even learn new drill commands that you don't usually see on Monday nights. A perfect place to learn discipline and determination. Cadets will also compete in the provincial competition against other squadrons.
This is the place where cadets who are interested in aviation can become more familiar with aircraft used by the Canadian Forces, while learning how to build models and sharing experiences with older cadets and officers in a relaxed setting. Lately, the model club started building and flying RC aircraft. The cadets have access to a few simulators to practice and enhance their RC flying skills.
If you are nervous to get up and speak in front of a group, or if you LOVE to get up and speak but want to work on your skills - this is the activity for you! Learn & practice the effective speaking techniques, work on your presentation & delivery of both impromptu and prepared speeches.
This training is designed for cadets to put their cardio, skiing and shooting skills to the test. Cadets will be able to use skis and shoot after every lap. Just like a real biathlon. There will also be competitions where cadets can earn awards.
This is for cadets who have dreams of becoming a pilot through Air Cadets, or for those who are simply interested in "Aviation". The program provides the cadets with additional exposure to the aviation courses and lays the groundwork for those who plan to continue with the Scholarship Ground School.