OPTIONAL TEAMS/CLUBS

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BAND

Cadets are provided instruction in theory, performance, sight-reading, instrument maintenance and Band Drill. Cadets should have a basic knowledge of how to read music and play an instrument. Cadets are strongly encouraged to bring or rent their own instruments to ensure guaranteed working instruments and availability – participation within Band leads to a rewarding experience!

For intermediate and advanced musicians in our music program, additional summer training is possible where cadets will have the chance to work with experts in the field to increase their musical skills.

Opportunities to perform in the cadet corps/squadron include activities such as Remembrance Day Parade, Santa Claus Parade, Area Competition, Dining-In and Annual Parade.

In addition to perfecting our drill, we play fun pieces of music, learn and practice freestyle routines and we practice in marching and playing (which is harder to do than you think!)


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BIATHLON TEAM

Biathlon consists of two sports, so a race includes several laps of cross country skiing with shooting in between (missed shots incur a penalty). At the Area cadet competition, air rifles are fired on a 10-m range. As with standard competitions, .22 rifles are fired on a 50-m range at the cadet Regional and National competitions. We typically select 8 to 12 cadets for the Area competition each year, and in the past five years we have had five cadets qualify to compete at the Regional competition against cadets from across Ontario.

All equipment is provided, and prior experience is not required to join. In fact, for most team members, this was their introduction to skiing or shooting. We have a training plan for everyone, and practices where we will teach and help you improve sport-specific skills.

CODING CLUB

With technology being more and more important in the new age, coding has become an essential skill that now you can also practice here at 8 Globemaster Squadron. You get to expand and build your knowledge around technology and coding with experienced mentors if you join Coding Club!

DRILL TEAM

As one of the fundamental parts of the cadet program, drill is very important, and where else to learn more about drill than at Drill Team itself? You can learn more than just marching and turns, you also learn more about proper dress and deportment, compete with your squadron, and the opportunity to be a part of flag party.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

As an international award, 8 Globemaster helps host it to allow cadets to grow their skills while having the opportunity to give the award a try at all levels. You get to learn how to submit proper plans for each section of your award, and practice skills in the outdoors, volunteering, physical activity and more.

EFFECTIVE SPEAKING

The ability to speak effectively to communicate is indeed one of the fundamental skills to be successful. Having strong communication skills will allow one to make a difference in life, business, and career.

It is common that many people find it uncomfortable to speak in public because either they do not have the opportunity and they do not feel a need to do so. In fact, public speaking is an art of effective oral communication with others, a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved.

In cadets, everyone is encouraged to learn this important life skill of effecting speaking. It makes the cadet feel more comfortable among others, teach better in classes, and increases self-confidence. A good leader must know how to communicate and speak effectively to others. A good cadet should make the best use of their time in the program to acquire all the life skills offered; effective speaking is definitely one of them.


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GROUND SCHOOL

Ground School is where aspiring pilots are taught basic aviation topics such as theory of flight, air law, radio communication, meteorology, and more. The understanding of these topics will prepare for and assist cadets in successfully completing the Flying Scholarship Entrance Exam, and important step in the process of applying for the Glider Pilot and Power Pilot Training Course programs. As the two programs are very competitive, there are limited spots available. The best performing cadets in the course will be selected to write the entrance exam, and the best performing cadets within the application scoring process will be selected to attend the training courses.

This course runs October through November every Tuesday from 1830 - 2130 hrs at Richmond Green Secondary School. Cadets in Proficiency Level 3 and above will be allowed to participate in the course and the best performing cadets who meet the minimum and do not exceed the maximum requirements will be selected to apply for either the Glider Pilot Training Course or the Power Pilot Training Course.

Due to pandemic - This course runs October through November using self-study techniques with questions that can be asked through a form or two virtual video sessions.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLUB

Cadets can always take a second to think of the health and wellness of themselves and the people around them, which is exactly what Health & Wellness Club does. With weekly meetings and sometimes even notable guests coming in, you get to learn a lot such as first aid and self-care, leadership and decision making, and so much more.

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MARKSMANSHIP TEAM

Marksmanship is a sport where competitors shoot at targets, which are scored for precision and accuracy. Cadets shoot Daisy Avanti 853c Air Rifles on a 10-m range from both the prone and standing positions. We select around 10 cadets to represent our squadron at the Zone competition each year.

All equipment is provided, and prior experience is not required to join. In fact, for most team members, this was their introduction to shooting. We have a training plan for everyone, and practices where we will teach and help you improve sport-specific skills.

MEDIA TEAM

As the communication bridge between the cadets, squadron staff and the community, Media Team supports creating content and posting to our social media pages, and the squadron website. We are a creative team of communicators, with specialists who take photographs, produce motion graphics video, create graphic art, write blurbs, run virtual activities such as the Would You Rather, undertake design and layout for the ACR, and Dining In booklets, and so much more! Any cadet who finds communications or the arts interesting should look for a chance to join the Media Team.

ORIENTEERING TEAM

The great outdoors needs a way to navigate it- and what other better way than orienteering? If this- or the concept of physical activity, maps, compasses, and challenges- sounds interesting to you, consider joining Orienteering. You get to learn topographical skills and put them to a practical test and gain another skill useful for next time you go camping.

OUTDOORS CLUB

Anybody who enjoys the outdoors and physical fitness, or just a new challenge should know about the Outdoors Club. Some of the things that they include are hiking, biking, canoeing, first aid, as well as the core cadet values such as being a part of a team- leadership and teamworkphysical fitness, and problem-solving through difficulty.

ROCKETRY CLUB

Rocketry club is where cadets get to learn about how rockets work. From the engines to the payloads.

They will then implement their knowledge to design, build, and launch their own low-powered model rocket. Cadets this year will get the opportunity to learn 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) so they will be able to design a flyable model rocket. The rocket engines that we will be using will be B or C-class solid rocket motors depending on the mass of the rocket.

Meetings will be weekly on Thursdays from 1900-2000hrs online through Google Meets from mid-November to May.

No prior knowledge or experience is required.