ANNOUNCEMENTS

Recruiting Updates

8 Squadron is taking new recruits! Please see About Us > How to Join. Have a look at what we do!

Squadron Holiday Party

The squadron Holiday Party will be held on Sat 10 Dec 22 at the Royal Canadian legion Br. 375 (233 Centre St E, Richmond Hill, ON)

The event is from 1600 hrs - 2100 hrs and cost $20 per person.


Come enjoy a delicious dinner, fun games, a talent show, photo booth, and much more!

Spaces are limited, so don't miss out on this once-a-year fun event.


Cadets interested in attending may sign up here by Wed 7 Dec.

SSC will be collecting money by Wed 7 Dec at Canteen on Wed night.


Cadets interested in also participating in the talent show may sign up here.

Signups close on 7 Dec 22.

The Salvation Army - Christmas Kettles

There is an opportunity to earn volunteering hours and contribute to the local community by participating in the Christmas Kettles effort by the Salvation Army in the Richmond Hill and Vaughan areas.


What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.


What happens to the money raised?

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to over 1.9 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.


Date options (Wed - Fri):

  • 8 Dec - 10 Dec, 15 Dec - 17 Dec, 22 Dec - 24 Dec.

  • 2 hour shifts from 1200 hrs - 2000 hrs. Multiple shifts are possible.


Location options:

  • Walmart (Bayview and Major Mackenzie)

  • Walmart (High Tech Road)

  • Loblaw (High Tech Road)

  • Walmart (Maple / Major Mackenzie)

  • Hillcrest Mall (Centre Court)


Dress: C1A (with Parka & Gloves. Toques if outdoors)


Supervision: Parental drop off and supervision. Cadets will attend in pairs.


Options varies based on availability at sign up time. Please provide multiple preferences for scheduling.


Sign up: Availability form (location options constantly changes until confirmed).


General public can also volunteer by registering directly with The Salvation Army.

Vimy Pilgrimage Award Orientation

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award is an annual award given to Canadians aged 14-17 in recognition for their contributions to their community. The award consists of a week-long fully funded educational trip to Belgium and France to learn more about Canada’s contributions during the First World War through daily visits to sites such as museums and memorials.


The applications for the 2023 Vimy Pilgrimage Award are open until 20 Dec 22, with the program scheduled to occur from 2 Apr 23 to 10 Apr 23. Those who are interested in applying for this amazing opportunity are invited to attend the virtual orientation this Monday, 5 Dec 22, at 1830 hrs. As a previous award recipient, and now an ambassador of the program, Sgt Sar, Evelyn will be speaking about her own experience during the program, the application process and tips, as well as answering any questions you may have.


Sign up at the following link.


If you have any questions, feel free to email Sgt Sar (ESar1877870@cdt.cadets.gc.ca).


Field Training Exercise

A Level 1 & 2 Field Training Exercise (FTX) is planned for Fri 10 Feb (evening) - Sun 12 Feb (afternoon). Cadets will have heated shelters, while conducting some training outdoors.

The Level 3 & 4 FTX is expected to be in May.

This FTX goes towards Level 1 & 2's mandatory training. All Level 1 & 2 should attend. This is a great opportunity for cadets to network with their peers.

Level 5 are require to organize and lead this activity. Level 3+ may join should there be excess capacity.

See what a typical FTX may look like

Details: Available soon

Dress: FTU, appropriate winter garment

Signup: Available in Dec

3rd Change of Command Ceremony | Depart with Dignity

The Sponsor, Officers, Staff, and Cadets cardinally invite you to attend our 3rd Change of Command Ceremony and Depart with Dignity for Maj Yu on Sat 3 Dec 1000 hrs - 1200 hrs. Cadets to arrive at 0900 hrs.

Mark your calendar! This is a mandatory activity for cadets. Excused letter to be sent to Flight Commanders, if required.

Please see poster for more info.

Recruit Swearing-in ceremony

Recruits will be sworn in on Wed 16 Nov during closing parade (2100 - 2130 hrs).

Parents are welcome to witness the ceremony in the gym. Pictures are welcome, while respecting parade protocols.

Marksmanship Team 2022

Marksmanship Team will start practicing after Biathlon comp (Sun 13 Nov).

Practices: Starting Sun 20 Nov: Sundays 1800 - 2130 hrs at Richmond Hill Legion.

Area (stage 2) competition date: 25 / 26 Feb.

Provincial (stage 3) competition date: 7 - 9 Apr.

Dress: Appropriate civilian sports attire.

Signup: Contact Sgt Sar (ESar1877870@cdt.cadets.gc.ca)

Dropoff and Pickup Area

Please note that the driving lane closest to the school is not permitted for drop off/ pick up. Parents/guardians wishing to drop off/pick up their cadets may do so in the secondary lane. See image on the left for reference.

Positioning of Poppy.pdf

Wearing of the Poppy

Poppies are to be worn on all uniforms from 28 Oct 22 to 11 Nov 22. It is to be worn in the following fashion:

  1. FTUs: Top Centre of the rank tab

  2. DEUs: Top left breast pocket flap of the tunic (cadet jacket), left breast pocket flap of the shirt, left chest of the parka (all season coat)


See image on the left for reference.

8 Globemaster's 10th Year Anniversary Pin

To celebrate our squadron's 10th anniversary, cadets are authorized, and required, to wear the 10th anniversary pin on the cadet uniform until 1 Nov 2023.


They are to be worn horizontal and centred on the left pocket of the tunic, halfway

between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket.

Should there be multiple pins, the anniversary pin will take precedence and be worn on top.


Recruits can wear on the left chest area until the uniform is distributed.


Thank you for all the cadets who participated in the design contest, and cadets who voted for your preferred design.

Congratulations to Sgt Brisa Liu for having the best design.

Poppying

In support of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 375 in Richmond Hill, cadets have the opportunity to help veterans fundraise while performing community services. This is to support the community service aspect of the Cadet program and can be counted towards community hours. This year's poppy campaign is on Fri 4 Nov 1800 - 2100 hrs and Sat 5 Nov 0900 - 1700 hrs and will be transported and supervised by cadets' own parents / guardians.


Sign up at the following link.

Remembrance Day Parade

This year's Richmond Hill Remembrance Day Parade is on Sun 6 Nov. The meetup will be at 0930 hrs at 10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, On, L4C 3B7 in the North parking lot and the service at 1100 hrs. Dismissal expected before 1200 hrs at Elgin Barrow Arena (43 Church St. South, Richmond Hill, On, L4C 1W1). All cadets are expected to attend and excuse letters are required for absences. Parents are welcome to participate as spectators at the cenotaph (10100 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T8). Dress is C1. Recruits are to wear a white dress shirt, a black tie, black pants, and black shoes.


Sign up at the following link.

"No Stone Left Alone"

Continuing last year's success, 8 squadron is participating in the "No Stone Left Alone" campaign where cadets visits veterans grave to place poppies, flags, night lights, and perform light cleanup. This is to support the community service aspect of the Cadet program and can be counted towards community hours.

This activity will run on Sun 30 Oct 1300 - 1600 hrs at Holy Cross Cemetery (8361 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T 2C7) and cadets will meet at on location. Dress will be in FTUs.

RCSU (Central) Letter

Please see below letter from RCSU (Central) Commanding Officer regarding support challenges to cadet training this year.

Letter to Parents_Spt Challenges EN (1).pdf
Letter to Parents_Spt Challenges FR.pdf

Tagging

Tagging is back from Fri 14 Oct - Sun 16 Oct. Tagging is a main fundraising activity for the squadron and is run twice a year. Funds raised go directly to squadron activities such as permits, activity buses, equipment, outings...etc.

To fulfill their fundraising commitments, Level 2 - 5 cadets are required to tag for 2 half-day shifts. The shift options are: 1) Thu evening (CANCELLED), 2) Fri evening, 3) Sat morning, 4) Sat afternoon, 5) Sun morning, and 6) Sun afternoon.

Parents / Guardians are required to drive your cadet to and from the tagging locations (stores).


Updated 13 Oct (for tag box pickup / drop-off procedures): Tagging Orders are available for reference.

Sports Day

8 Globemaster Squadron is running a Sports Day on Sat 29 Oct in support to the mandatory training program. Come spend some quality time with your peers while maintaining physical fitness.

There is no cost to the cadet. Attendance will be taken.


Location: Langstaff Community Centre Munshaw Gym B.

155 Red Maple Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4P9

Closing Parade

As with pre-COVID, parents are welcome to join our closing parade each training night starting at 2100 hrs (9pm) at the gym. Please line up at the back of the gym. Dismissal is 2130 - 2145 hrs.

Masks and other personal health measures are optional - based on personal choice.

Co-op credit

Any current cadet who already has achieved at least one high school credit and is a student in Ontario (not necessarily from UCDSB) can use cadet training time to earn co-op credits.


FAQ

Registration Form


Completed form to be sent to the Training Officer Lt Lampert at TrgO@8globemaster.com.

Biathlon Team 2022

Biathlon is a Winter Olympic sport consisting of cross-country skiing and shooting. Cadets from our squadron have competed at the Central Ontario Area and Regional (Ontario) competitions. Joining biathlon team is a great way to try a new sport, improve your physical fitness, and meet new friends!

Practices: Starting Sun 2 Oct: Sundays 1600 - 1900 hrs at Richmond Hill Legion.

Area (stage 2) competition: Date: Sun 13 Nov. Location: CFB Borden

Dress: Appropriate civilian sports attire.

Signup: Contact WO2 Forchune (alan.forchune20@8globemaster.ca)

Annual Validation And Cadet 365 accounts

Annual Validation Forms and Cadet 365 passwords (for accounts that have not been onboarded) have been sent to returning cadets via email.

Please return Annual Validation Forms by 30 Sep. Cadets may not be able to participate without completing the form.

For assistance with these items please follow the chain of command to the attention of the Admin Officer Lt Chung.

Ground School 2022

Ground School Signups are now open!

Please signup at the following link.

If you have any questions or cannot access the form, please contact WO2 Wang Julian (julian.wang20@8globemaster.ca), FSGT Li Jeffrey (jeffrey.li20@8globemaster.ca), or WO2 Li Jacky (jacky.li20@8globemaster.ca)

Ground School Outline

Summer Training 2022

Summer Training is occurring in 2022! Please see summer training for more information.

NEW

UCDSB is running summer co-op for all cadets. For more information, click here!


Borden Airshow From June 18 to 19

Canadian Armed Forces Day and Air Show - Borden, Ontario | 18 - 19 June 2022 (bordenairshow.ca)

Canadian Armed Forces Day Air Show! Air Cadets with their uniforms get admitted FREE, other visitors need to pay $10 for entrance


General Onboarding of Cadets to Cadet365 - Resources for Cadets

Staring in March, Cadet365 account credentials will be distributed by Squadron staff once available.

Resources to guide cadets through the onboarding processes are available at www.canada.ca/cadet-365.

The resources are developed specifically for cadets to enable self-help wherever possible.


Silent Auction 2021

“Vision Impossible!” – A Challenge by the CO

During wars, battles and even common accidents, many people suffer injuries, and some lose their lives. We may never understand what they have gone through, what sacrifices they have made, because we are the lucky ones. Therefore, are you willing and ready to try a little bit of their experience and frustration?

First, this "challenge" must be carried out under the direct supervision of parents (adults). This is for safety purposes. No exceptions.

The “Vision Impossible!” challenge details:

1. Cadets should take a look at the “Challenge Report Form” first, before taking the challenge. <https://forms.gle/FMS2dmxnSnDpiLe47>

2. Cadets must inform, and explain the “Vision Impossible” challenge to parents and obtain their permission and consent. Parents are the “time keepers” as well.

3. The duration of the challenge should be in the range from 30 minutes to 2 hours the maximum. The challenge can be stopped at any time, and must stop after two hours.

4. Participating cadets must discuss with their parents about the intended duration.

5. The participant will use a “sleep mask” or a scarf to blindfold their eyes in order to give up complete vision, and stay in total darkness during the challenge.

6. The challenge must be taking place during a normal daytime routine, such as eating a meal, watching television, playing with dogs/cats, having fun with others, etc.

(Certainly participants can try doing homework, play video games, read a book, draw a picture, play piano... etc.)

7. During the challenge, a participant should think about: (suggestions only)

a. What if, suddenly, I really lost my vision forever?

b. What changes do I need to make in my future?

c. What assistance do I need to carry out my future plans?

d. How would my parents and the others who care about me, feel about my ordeal?

After taking the challenge, please take time to report your unique experience; using this link to the questionnaire: <https://forms.gle/FMS2dmxnSnDpiLe47>

➢ The Challenge will be closed at 2100 hrs Sunday 14 Nov 21.

Your courage to take this “Vision Impossible!” Challenge is remarkable ! After the Challenge, without the “blindfold”, I hope you can see the world again, with New Vision!

Cadets Get Cadets

2122_CGC_faqs_v5b.pdf

Parent's Night 2021

Parent's Night 2021

Squadron Halloween Challenges

"It’s Spooktober! The Health and Wellness Team will be hosting a series of activities for the Hallowe'en Challenges event! Get creative and show off your festive spirit for a chance to win prizes!"

CO-OP Education Cadet Program

The CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION CADET PROGRAM 2021-2022 TRAINING YEAR is now open for registration.

Attached are the “Q & A” and the “Registration Form”.

Read the attached Q & A carefully. If you are interested to apply, complete the fillable application, obtain a transcript from your school and be sure to have signatures from your teacher and parents, then send the application to CI Kato, she will request CO’s signature on your behalf.

Don't forget that you also need to sign.

*The earlier you submit the application, the earlier you can accumulate the minimum of 90 hours.

Note that the 90 hours includes Wednesday training and any hours that you attend optional teams/clubs.

i.e. Ground School, Marksmanship, Monday Night Band practice, etc.


Please contact CI Kato if you have any questions or concerns.

Cadet Co-Op FAQs 2021-2022.pdf
2021-2022 Cadet Co-Op Fillable Registration Form.pdf

Recruiting 2021 - 2022 Training Year (25 Aug 21)

We are now recruiting for the 2021 - 2022 training year! Please check "How to join" more information.

CO’s letter to cadets - New Year’s Resolutions (1 Jan 21)

Many of us have a tradition of making New Year’s resolutions, well-intentioned planning for a good next year and future. However, according to statistics only a small number of people actually stick to their plans and eventually claim to have successfully reached their goals. What happened?

Planning is a skill. Good planning requires knowledge and experience. Making a plan is the first step. However, having an unrealistic plan which is more like a dream or a fantasy will not get us anywhere. Therefore, it is important for anyone to make good plans which are practical and achievable.

In cadets, we promote the use of the “SMART” goal setting format so everyone can learn and practice the life skill of making good plans. Everyone is different with diverse aims and goals which can change from time to time. Though goals may differ, it is true that most everyone wants to achieve and become successful. Then, what we should do?

First, plan for small steps. Small steps are easy to do and help us to develop consistency. Making your bed, washing dishes, doing your own laundry - all are very simple tasks. The completion of these easy jobs will make you feel good and perhaps a sense of achievement, frequently.

Physical activities and exercise are good for our bodies. How about a 2-minute stretch or a 5-minute workout, daily? When you develop the daily routines and feel good, extend the period. The key word is consistency; regular physical exercise is much better than suddenly jogging for 10 km, which would more likely cause injury than do any good for your health.

Most good things, like knowledge and skills, will take time to accumulate and develop. Patience is a virtue and also a prerequisite of building good character. A person with good character will be easier to work with, build stronger teams, and be regarded as good leader.

While “working hard” is commonly praised, doing something that you enjoy is of equal importance. A balanced lifestyle of work, progress, health, and happiness, is what we strive for. Only when we feel good, can we continue to keep on doing what we are doing. If not, please stop and assess the situation, make necessary changes, and move forward. Do not stop. Do not feel disappointed. Life is a continuous journey with many ups and downs; it is normal.

The adventure continues. The world is ever changing, and so are situations. The pace of change is getting faster and more unpredictable. Therefore we must be very adaptive and flexible to face all future challenges. Every challenge can be viewed as a hurdle or a selection. For those who overcome the situations, they become the “fittest” to move on, one step closer to success.

By now, I hope you understand how to make your New Year’s resolutions. Please write down your plans, review and make revisions as time goes on. You may need to change your methods, but you must keep your directions and goals. Do not get distracted. Do not feel disappointed. Do not give up.

Failures are neither your enemies nor friends; they are merely the stepping stones for you to become successful.” – Maj Yu