In addition to regular Wednesday and summer training, 585 Rideau Squadron engages in many special activities throughout the year in support of our training objectives, the community, and just plain fun:

 

Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR)

2013 Annual Ceremonial Review (Photo by S. Mayne)
2013 Annual Ceremonial Review
(Photo by S. Mayne)

The Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) is the culminating activity of the Squadron training year. It is the main opportunity for the Squadron to display skills learned during the year and showcase team activities to the cadets’ families, invited guests, and reviewing officers and dignitaries. In addition, the major cadet achievement awards and Squadron scholarships are presented at the ACR.

Participation in the ACR is mandatory for call cadets to complete their annual training objectives and to be eligible to participate in summer training. Only the Commanding Officer (CO) can waive this requirement.

 

Air studies

Cadets take additional courses to prepare them to earn their glider pilot and private pilot wings, officially designating them as licensed pilots with Transport Canada. All Glider and Power Flying scholarship program candidates must complete additional training, testing, and compete for course positions. For training resources, see National courses and air studies.

 

Gliding and power flight familiarization

Gliding familiarization spring 2012. (Photo by S. Mayne)
Gliding familiarization spring 2012
(Photo by S. Mayne)

In the fall and spring of each training year, the Squadron takes part in gliding familiarization at the Regional Gliding Center. A glider is like a small plane without an engine. The glider is towed aloft by another plane and then released to the pilot to glide it to the ground.

With the generous support of the Smiths Falls Flying Club, the Squadron endeavors to hold annual power familiarization flights.

Watch this excellent video: Royal Canadian Air Cadet Power/Glider Trip (familiarization flights).

 

Field training exercises (FTXs)

Survival skills training at the spring 2014 FTX (Photo by S. Mayne)
Survival skills training at the spring 2014 FTX
(Photo by S. Mayne)

In the fall and spring of each training year, the Squadron heads out into the bush to do field training with one or two other squadrons. Cadets spend the weekends in the bush learning survival and other fieldcraft skills, for example, shelter building, orienteering, building fires, and search techniques.

Cadets dress and pack for the weather. The Squadron takes care of the camping gear—cadets supply their personal gear. This activity is mandatory to pass annual cadet training objectives.

 

Lottery ticket sales

The Squadron participates in the annual Ontario Provincial Committee (OPC) Lottery. Proceeds from the lottery are used to fund the Air Cadet Glider Program and to support Ontario squadrons. Lottery proceeds contribute to ensuring that each year’s training program is interesting and challenging and comprises a wide range of activities. The Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) works closely with the Squadron Staff, all cadets, and parents to ensure its success.

 

Tag Day fundraising

In the fall and spring of each training year, the Squadron engages in a Tag Day fundraising event to help raise money to fund many of the great activities we do. Cadets are paired up and taken to local businesses to collecting donations from the public.

All cadets are required to meet the minimum tagging requirements. We all need to do our part to help raise money for the Squadron.

 

Poppy campaign

During the annual Poppy campaign, the Squadron works with our supporting branches of the Royal Canadian Legion to sell poppies to the public. Cadets are assigned in teams to sell poppies at various locations in Smiths Falls and surrounding towns.

 

Remembrance Day parades

Remembrance Day in Smiths Falls 2014. (Photo by S. Mayne)
Remembrance Day in Smiths Falls 2014
(Photo by S. Mayne)

Squadron cadets participate in local Remembrance Day parades in Smiths Falls, Perth, Toledo, and other locations designated by the CO. Cadets play significant roles in these events including posting cenotaph sentries, laying wreaths, and marching in the parades.

 

Formal dinners

Mess dinner 2015 at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 Smiths Falls (Photo by S. Mayne)
2015 Mess dinner at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 Smiths Falls
(Photo by S. Mayne)

The Squadron and the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) hold Christmas and Mess dinners annually. Cadets wear Mess dress for the occasions and listen to guest speakers while having fun and learning proper dinner etiquette. Our sponsors at the Royal Canadian Legion usually host these events.

 

Trips

Cpl Weatherall in a CF-188B at the 8 Wing / CFB Trenton Open House 2014
Cpl Weatherall in a CF-188B at the 2014 8 Wing / CFB Trenton Open House
(Photo by V. Weatherall)

The Squadron takes a number of trips every year to enhance our regular training while other trips are just for fun. Some trips are mandatory and others optional.

 

Biathlon team

Corporal Baillon waits for the start signal of his first biathlon competition in Gatineau in February 2016.
Cpl Baillon prepares for the start of his first Cadet Biathlon competition in Gatineau, February 2016. He would wind up in first place overall and secure a place at the Provincial competition. (Photo by M. Baillon)
This photo shows Flight corporal Legere and Corporal Marsh huddled together before their regional biathlon competition in Gatineau in February 2016.
FCpl Legere and Cpl Marsh await the start of the 2016 Regional Biathlon competition held in Gatineau Park, February 2016. This was 585 Rideau Squadron’s second biathlon. A great success! (Photo by M. Baillon)

Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing or running and small-bore rifle marksmanship. This sport requires great endurance and the ability to shoot well under physical and mental stress. The Squadron has fielded a Biathlon team since 2014. For more information, see Cadet Biathlon.

 

Drill team

Cadet train and are selected to join the Squadron Drill team. This team performs skilled foot drill at the ACR and at competes against other cadet drill teams.

 

Range team

2017 Range Team in competition
2017 Range Team in competition: Capt A. Cordy with shooters Cpl Clancy, LAC Bencic, Sgt D. Weatherall, FCpl R. Johnston, and Sgt M. Legere (Photo by Mr. B. Torrens, coach.)

All cadets must fire the .177 caliber cadet air rifle to qualify annually. Squadron cadets wishing to join the Range team get additional range time and the opportunity to compete for a spot on the team. The represents the Squadron at various levels of competition starting at the Zone level. For more information, see Cadet Marksmanship.

 

Band

2017 Squadron Drumline under instruction (1)
2017 Squadron Drumline under instruction (1) (Photo by V. Weatherall)
 2017 Squadron Drumline under instruction (2)
2017 Squadron Drumline under instruction (2) (Photo by V. Weatherall)

The Squadron has restarted the Band. These cadets perform on CO’s Parades and special occasions such as the ACR.

 

Exertion team

The Squadron Exertion team is the unit sports team. This team trains and then represents the Squadron at the annual regional sports and challenge competition.

 

Effective Speaking team

The Squadron fields an Effective Speaking team annually. Cadets learn and practice how to plan and deliver a speech on chosen topics during competitions at the local through national levels.

 

Model rocketry

Sgt Weatherall setting up rocket launchers on Fall FTX 2016. (Photo by Maj D. Irish)
Sgt Weatherall setting up rocket launchers on the 2016 fall FTX
(Photo by Maj D. Irish)

 

 

For cadets interested in model rocketry, the Squadron conducts an annual model rocketry program. Cadets build the models and then launch them during an FTX or at another designated time.

 

Community clean-up

On occasion, the Squadron assists in community-level cleanup events.