As a Volunteer

There are three main categories for volunteering in the air cadet program:

  1. Civilian Volunteer
  2. Civilian Instructor
  3. Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) – parent’s committee

  • Are you 18 or older and interested in shaping the future of Canada’s youth while volunteering for a dynamic program full of exciting experiences?
  • If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may have found the volunteer opportunity waiting for you…
    • Are you 18 or older?
    • Do you have 3 hours to spare at least once a week?
    • Do you enjoy working with youth ages 12–19?
    • Are you interested in aviation, military, or outdoor adventure?
  • Civilian Volunteers (CIVs) support authorized cadet activities and shall have successfully completed the screening process (which is a systematic process agreed upon by our partners: The Department of National Defence [DND], and the Navy, Air Cadet and Army Cadet Leagues to confirm that a person can be expected to be reliable and trustworthy to participate in activities in support of authorized cadet activities) via a Police Records Check (PRC) / Vulnerability Sector Screening (VSS) conducted by the applicable League.  You will then be in possession of an identification card issued by the League and have signed the CIV Agreement.

To find an Air Cadet Squadron closest to you, visit the Squadron directory and simply type in your postal code. A list of local Air Cadet Squadrons will be available for you to call and arrange a visit.

  • Are you 18 or older and interested in shaping the future of Canada’s youth while providing instruction and volunteering for a dynamic program full of exciting experiences?
  • If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may have found the volunteer opportunity waiting for you…
    • Are you 18 or older?
    • Do you have 3 hours to spare at least once a week?
    • Do you enjoy working with youth aged 12–19?
    • Are you interested in aviation, military, or outdoor adventure?
  • Civilian Instructors (CIs) must meet some basic pre-requisites to become a paid member of a squadron and they are as follows:
  • Be of good character and standing within the community.
  • Shall successfully complete the Reliability Status Check (RS) as well as the Police Records Check (PRC)/Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) process. (These documents are mandatory and necessary as you will be working with youth).
  • Shall be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess knowledge or instructional ability deemed valuable to the cadet organization by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the squadron, Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC), or Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU).
  • Not be a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  (former members of the CAF having been released under Items 3 (b), 2 (a), 4 (b), 4 (c), 5 (a), 5 (b), 5 (c) or 5 (e) may be approved by the RCSU CO.)
  • Not be a member of a Cadet Organization.
  • Be a Canadian citizen.  A citizen of another country who is a permanent resident of Canada may be considered with proper approval.
  • Civilian Instructors (CIs) are divided into 3 categories:
    • Generalist – Adults are employed to instruct and supervise cadets; they bring specific ability or knowledge required by the Canadian Cadet Organization (CCO). Generalist CIs may be given overall responsibility for an activity or a group of cadets when working under the conditions of their employment agreement and being paid for their services.
    • Specialist – Adults are employed on an occasional basis to instruct cadets. Specialist CIs have specific knowledge or qualifications not normally found in the CCO like sail instructors, pilots, rock climbing instructors, etc.
    • Contingency – Adults are employed to supervise cadet activities if the regularly scheduled Canadian Forces (CAF) member or Generalist CI is not available to supervise a cadet activity.

To find an Air Cadet Squadron closest to you, visit the Squadron directory and simply type in your postal code. A list of local Air Cadet Squadrons will be available for you to call and arrange a visit.

Every air cadet squadron in Saskatchewan has a Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC). The SSC is composed of parent volunteers and is the local/squadron level of the Air Cadet League. The SSC is the primary sponsoring group for the Squadron and is responsible for raising funds to support the squadron’s training program, such as power familiarization flying, weekend exercises, band expenses, entrance fees and transportation for various outings, as well as rent, insurance, and operating costs.

The Squadron Sponsoring Committee’s main responsibilities are to:

  1. Publicize the aims of the squadron within the community
  2. Provide suitable facilities for squadron administration and training
  3. Organize and conduct fund-raising campaigns to ensure necessary funds are available
  4. Manage funds raised
  5. Organize and schedule optional activities (e.g., dances, Mess Dinner)
  6. Organize recruitment activities for new cadets, staff, and Sponsoring Committee members, and
  7. Ensure that cadets are treated fairly

The Department of National Defence only covers a portion of the operating costs of each Cadet unit in Canada. Much of the program funds are covered by the fundraising activities of the Squadron.

The Squadron Sponsoring Committees, under the authority of the Saskatchewan Air Cadet League, are responsible for ensuring adequate finances are acquired to support the training program. The Sponsoring Committee is a non-profit organization, which has to pay a small fee per cadet to the Air Cadet League each year in addition to providing funding for citizenship trips, the Mess Dinner, among other activities not covered by the Department of National Defence.

HOW TO BECOME A PARENT VOLUNTEER

Many parents ask how they can help with the Squadron. The best way is to become a screened member of your child’s Air Cadet Squadron so that you can become involved in helping at squadron events, activities and weekly responsibilities.  There are many small jobs available, requiring minimal commitment. Please talk to your Squadron’s SSC to find out how you can become a screened volunteer.

To ensure Cadets of every financial group can participate, we strongly encourage every cadet and their parent to participate in fundraising activities organized by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).