Training & Activities

Throughout the Cadet year (September to June), cadets participate in many mandatory and optional activities. In the summertime (July & August), cadets may get selected to attend summer training courses.

Mandatory Activities

  • Mandatory Training – The regular training year runs from September to June. Cadets have one mandatory meeting each week called a “Parade night”. Attendance is required to pass Proficiency Level. Each year, cadets progress to the next level (5 levels in total) and learn about drill, drill instruction, general knowledge about Cadets, citizenship, physical fitness, leadership, instructional techniques, and effective speaking, aircraft identification, aeronautical facilities, meteorology, principles of flight, airframe structures, propulsion, navigation, radio communications and aircrew survival. Mandatory aspects of the program are must do’s for all cadets and form the basis for the program across Canada.
  • Mandatory Support Training – Complementary programs are also required elements, which take place on weekends and other nights through the week. These support the mandatory training. Some examples of these programs include Field Training Exercise (FTX) weekends, local Remembrance Day parades, and fundraising activities. For cadets to progress and be successful, they must participate fully in these complementary activities.

Optional Activities

  • Optional Training – not required to pass Proficiency Level, which includes all extra-curricular activities like Effective Speaking, Marksmanship, Biathlon, Band & Music, Curling, Drill team/Flag party, and sports teams.
  • Summer Training – Cadets can apply for summer training opportunities that are offered free of charge at cadet training centers across Canada. Selection is based on the cadet’s performance and attendance throughout the training year.

We, in the Air Cadet League along with our Military Partners, are proud of our Aviation Program which is dedicated to introducing young Air Cadets to “THE THRILL OF FLIGHT.”

The Saskatchewan Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada (SKACL) partner with the Department of National Defence to operate three Cadet Flying Sites in Saskatchewan. These sites are located at the North Battleford Airport for Fall operations, the Tisdale Airport for Spring operations, and on the military airfield at 15 Wing Moose Jaw for Spring/Fall operations. These sites are staffed with dedicated senior Air Cadets, Canadian Forces Officers and Volunteers most of whom have obtained their flying qualifications through the Air Cadet Program.

The SKACL currently owns two Bellanca Scout Tow Planes and five Schweitzer 2-33A Gliders which are serviced by the Military and flown by Air Cadets and adult staff on weekends.

One Aim of the Air Cadet Program is to create an interest in Aviation for the young cadets.  This is accomplished by classroom lessons on Aviation topics and flight experience in a Glider. The Air Cadet Squadrons are usually bussed to a flying site on a Saturday or Sunday to spend the day at the airfield getting flights in the Glider and learning about Aviation in general.

The weather plays a big role in the Air Cadet Flying Program sometimes keeping aircraft grounded as safety is the highest priority in any Aviation Program.

When young cadets reach 15-16 years of age, they can compete to obtain a summer Gliding or Private Pilot Licence course (GPS & PPS) at a designated airport.  These courses are funded by the Air Cadet League and the Department of National Defence. Many of Canada’s military and Commercial pilots got their start from Air Cadet flying courses.
Besides flying there are also courses available in the technical fields of Aviation such as Air Traffic Control, Airport Operations and Aircraft Maintenance.

  • From September – June, the weekly evening program, called the “Parade Night” runs once a week. Throughout the year, a busy schedule of activities is usually in the cards for most squadrons. Most have an annual plan that includes special trips, community support, competitions, social events and special fundraising activities in support of the squadron.
  • Cadets will move up in rank based on their merit, commitment and ability to take on greater roles and responsibilities. Ranks are a combination of successful completion of activities and advancement in the program content along with age and years of experience in Cadets.

  • The aims of the effective speaking competition are:
    1. To provide an opportunity for Air Cadets to increase their self-confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize, and express ideas;
    2. To promote the citizenship component of local squadron training;
    3. To provide cadets with an opportunity to acquire effective speaking skills through instruction and practice in a structured and competitive environment.
    4. To increase public awareness regarding the citizenship and leadership aspects of the Air Cadet program at the national, provincial and local levels.
  • In the Air Cadet program, words such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and good citizenship are used. Cadets who participate in the effective speaking program will learn all these things. The skills they learn here will help them immeasurably in other areas of their life as well, whether they are making class presentations in secondary school, or later, interviewing for admission to professional faculties at universities, making presentations to colleagues at work, leading volunteer organizations, or running for public office.
  • “Speaking is an area that requires practice to do well, but it can help everyone every day throughout their lifetime.”

    – Jay Shah, 2017 & 2018 National Effective Speaking Competition Finalist

  • Visit http://aircadetleague.com/effective-speaking-program/ for more info.

  • The Cadet Marksmanship Program is a challenging and competitive rifle shooting program accessible to all cadets. It develops skills through superior training and Olympic-style competition. Every year, thousands of cadets participate in this fun and rewarding program.
  • Cadets can participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in provincial/territorial competitions and an annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.
  • Visit http://www.cadets.ca/en/what-cadets-do/marksmanship.page for more info.

  • Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing or running and marksmanship. It requires tremendous endurance and strength as well as skill and precision. A seemingly unlikely combination of events – one being an aerobic activity which requires strength, speed, and stamina; the other being a passive activity which requires concentration and a steady hand – confronts the athlete with a very demanding challenge. The combination of power and endurance of cross-country skiing with the precision and calm of marksmanship makes this sport especially challenging, fun and rewarding.
  • Unpredictable elements including weather and wind conditions make this outdoor sport a fun and rewarding challenge that thousands of cadets participate in each year.
  • Cadet biathletes participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in provincial/territorial competitions and an annual National Cadet Biathlon Championship.
  • Visit http://www.cadets.ca/en/what-cadets-do/biathlon.page for more info.

  • Curling is an Olympic team sport. Every squadron in Saskatchewan can send a team to compete in a local level competition and, if selected, the provincial competition. This competition occurs annually.

  • Drill is an important part of cadet training. Drill promotes discipline, alertness, precision, pride, steadiness, and the cohesion necessary for success within a group.
  • From a leadership perspective, drill is an excellent vehicle to help enhance some personal attributes. A senior cadet’s assertiveness, confidence in his/her abilities while speaking in front of a group, and supervisory skills while correcting personnel on their dress and personal drill all benefit from drill instruction.
  • The Canadian, Saskatchewan, and Squadron flags are carried by the flag party during parades.

  • Your Squadron may have a Drill team. Drill Team consists of a group of cadets that practice to perform a precision drill routine at the regional competition. The team spends many hours developing and practicing elaborate drill movements to impress those at the competitions. The team also demonstrates their skill at the Annual Ceremonial Review. Team members often develop high standards of deportment, and are exceptional members of their squadron.

 

Band cadets participate in the squadron band all year long and develop music theory, band drill, and musicianship. Interested cadets without music background can still join the Band, as instruction and instruments will be provided. Band cadets may also choose to attend a Band course in the summer, if selected, to further develop their skills. The band can be heard performing during the Commanding Officer’s Parade (once a month), and at the Annual Ceremonial Review.

Every year, the Saskatchewan Air Cadet League (SKACL) holds a car raffle where individuals across the province can buy tickets from cadets at air cadet squadrons to be entered into a raffle. Usually, there are 4 prizes every year with the top prize being a brand new car or $15,000 cash.

Every year, the Saskatchewan Air Cadet League (SKACL) holds a photo contest, where air cadets in squadrons can enter a photo that they have taken. Prizes for top photos include cash.

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Level 1-3

# 1 – Ethan Yee, age 14, level 3, #41 Hercules
# 2 – Emma Cherney, age 14, level 3, #40 Snowbird

Level 4-5

# 1 – Allison Bennett, age 17, level 5, #41 Hercules
# 2 – Eric Prestie, age 15, level 4, # 606 Harvard

Adult

# 1 – Rob Vida, #34 Roland Groome
# 2 – Susanna Heinrich, #40 Snowbird

Out of Province

Level 1-3 – Michael Duncan, age 13, level 2, #746 Lightning Hawk
Level 4-5 – Geoffrey Dickson, age 17, level 5, #746 Lightning Hawk
Adult entry –  Rima Dickson, #746 Lightning Hawk

  • This is an external program/activity (not managed by the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program).
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, known internationally as The International Award for Young People, was founded by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in Great Britain in 1956
  • It is designed to help young people develop a sense of responsibility in themselves and their community by expanding their horizons
  • The Award has evolved into one of the most comprehensive individual development, self-training and personal achievement programmes in the world.
  • The Air Cadet Program offers many components that also satisfy the requirements for reaching a certain standard of the Duke of Edinburgh Program, and cadets are highly recommended to take advantage of that.
  • Visit https://www.dukeofed.org/ for more info and the application form.