Optional Training

Ground School

The Ground School program is open to all cadets interested in aviation and particularly those who are interested in attending a glider and/or power scholarship in a future year.  The program offers academic training to interested Air Cadets who wish to compete for selection for the Glider Scholarship Program or the Power Scholarship Program.   Topics include aircraft operations, air law, meteorology, navigation, interview techniques and general information on the aviation industry.

Ground School starts September 14th, 2018 and will be held Friday evenings from 6pm to 9pm.

OIC – Vi Scott

Flag Party

The Flag Party is a small squad within the squadron that has the ceremonial task of presenting the colours. They carry three flags, the Canadian Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet, and the Squadron Banner; while the rear guards carry Lee Enfield rifles. The rifles used by the guards are Lee Enfield .303 caliber which are decommissioned, Drill Purpose rifles.

Cadets who form the flag party are chosen for their competence in drill and discipline along with dress and deportment. They practice advanced marching and stationary drill as well as flag and rifle drill. The flag party is a great opportunity for cadets willing to put in the extra effort to be part of this elite squad. As such it is expected that all members of the Flag Party be on the squadron Drill Team.

Flag Party tryouts are held in September each year and Flag Party practices will be the Monday night prior to Commanding Officer Parade from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

OIC – Lt Schreiber


The cadet program seeks to provide youth with a realistic outlook on firearms by teaching them the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program is patterned on Olympic-style competitive shooting with an emphasis on the safe handling and care of firearms. All sea, army and air cadets are taught the basics of the air rifle as part of their mandatory local headquarters training that takes place at the corps and squadron level. Corps and squadrons are then able to choose to take part in further training to compete in local, zone, provincial and territorial and national level competitions.

Safety is of paramount importance to the Canadian Cadet Marksmanship training program.

Supervisory staff is made up of staff who have completed an intensive training program. These qualified Range Safety Officers are highly skilled at preventing injury, and loss of property. 521’s range team is made up of 5-8 members, only the unit’s top marksmen will make it to competition.

Range will be held on most Saturday from 9am to 3pm throughout the training year unless other weekend activities are planned.

Instructors – VI Warkentin & CI Chartier

Effective Speaking

The Effective Speaking Programme is an Air Cadet League (ACL) sponsored activity and is in addition to the Cadet Training programme as prescribed by the Department of National Defense (DND). The ACL believes that this programme provides an important skill which will benefit Cadets in their future undertakings.

We encourage all cadets to participate in this program as it is meant to augment the training goals of the cadet program by increasing their self-confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize, and express ideas.

Effective Speaking starts in October this year and will be held on Wednesday nights from 1930hrs – 2100hrs.

Instructor – VI Warkentin

Drill Team

At the heart of a Squadron’s esprit de corps on parade is drill. Some of the skills you will learn are personal discipline, coordination, and teamwork. 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.

It is mandatory for all members of Flag Party to be on the drill team and HIGHLY recommended for all cadets with parade positions to be on the Drill Team.

Drill Team starts in October and practices will be on Wednesday nights from 1800hrs – 1930hrs, with additional nights to be added closer to competition.

OIC – Lt Schreiber

Spec Ops

Open to cadets in level 2 and up. The course is designed to train cadets in various forms of field instruction; including but not limited to, Leadership, Teamwork, Effective Speaking, Observation and Aircrew Survival. The program is designed to increase self-esteem and confidence by breaking up the training into manageable mini- programs. As the cadets proceed through the program, they will be placed in secure situations to utilize their skills in a safe environment for evaluation purposes. The program will compliment regular cadet training as well as give participants the opportunity to earn valuable Duke of Ed experience.

Spec Ops will start up in October and be held on Tuesday nights from 1800hrs – 2100hrs. (1st Year from 1800hrs – 1930hrs & 2nd Year from 1930hrs – 2100hrs)

Instructor – VI Warkentin

Advanced Survival

Open to cadets 14 years old and over.  It exposes them to a variety of activities such as included skills such as knots and lashings, survival psychology, improvised shelters, procedures, signal fires, ground-to-air signals, and navigating with a map, compass, and GPS and first aid to give them the practical skills to survive in a field environment beyond what they receive at squadron FTX’s. The skills that they learn are both theoretical and practical and conducted in a variety of environments. Whilst living in the field Cadets may be exposed to lower than normal access to shelter, food, hygiene facilities and refrigeration than they are normally used to. A multi-squadron competition is scheduled to test these skills towards the end of the training year.

Survival Team will start in October and will run Friday nights from 1800hrs – 1930hrs and have at least one weekend activity per month.

Instructor – VI Warkentin

First Aid Team

Cadets learn basic and advanced First Aid and will be called on to provide First Aid during cadet training. Selected cadets will attend a Cadet First Aid Competition.

First Aid Team will start in October and will run Monday nights from 1930hrs – 2100hrs.

OIC – Lt Schreiber

Orienteering Team

Open to all cadets. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn, but always challenging. The object is to run or walk to a series of points shown on the map, choosing routes–both on and off trail–that will help you find all the required points and get back to the finish in the shortest amount of time. The points on a course are marked with orange and white flags and punches or electronic devices, so you can prove you’ve been there. Each “control” marker is located on a distinct feature, such as a stream junction or the top of a knoll.

Orienteering is often called the “thinking sport” because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout. Any kind of map may be used for orienteering (even a street map), but the best ones are very detailed five-color topographic maps (1:4,000 – 1:15,000 scale) developed especially for the sport. A multi-squadron competition is scheduled to test these skills towards the end of the training year.

Instructor – VI Warkentin

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