Teams and other Weekly Activities

Band

The squadron band practices on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  They play regularly on weekly parade nights, as well as at community parade events. In April, the band competes in the regional band competition.

Cadets without a music background can still join the band – instruction and some instruments are provided. Band members also have the opportunity to receive professional training and testing to earn a music proficiency level and badge.

The band at Hyack Parade 2015

Drill Team

The squadron Drill Team practices on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. They prepare a silent precision routine for the regional drill competition in April.

Ground School

Cadets who are interested in becoming a glider or power aircraft pilot must attend ground school. This is where cadets are instructed more in depth about aviation subjects such as principles of flight, meteorology, navigation, air law, parts of an airplane, and radio operating procedures.

Ground School is held Tuesday evenings from September through December.  Cadets wishing to become a pilot must write the exam in early January.

Biathlon

Cadets have the opportunity of doing olympic style winter biathlon. Interested cadets get to learn cross country skate skiing and shooting using the 0.22 calibre Anschutz rifle. Biathlon Team training begins in October, and cadets compete in the regional competition in January. Cadets with the fastest time may advance to the Provincial and National championships. The team trains to increase their physical fitness on Thursday evenings at Percy Perry Stadium and has skiing lessons at Cypress Mountain on weekends when there is snow on the mountain.

Marksmanship

All cadets will learn how to safely handle and shoot the Daisy Air Rifle.  As they become proficient, they may earn a marksmanship proficiency level and badge.

Cadets with high levels of marksmanship proficiency may be selected to be a member of the Range Team and compete in the regional marksmanship competition.  If the team performs well, they may then advance to the Provincial and National competitions. The Range Team practices on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Effective Speaking

The squadron holds a 4 to 6 week Effective Speaking course for cadets who would like to improve on their public speaking skills, as well as their self confidence and their ability to reason, organize and express ideas. The course is directed by Toastmasters International professionals.

The Air Cadet League hosts an Effective Speaking competition that cadets may choose to participate in.  The cadets would compete at the Squadron, Wing, and Provincial level, and if successful, they would move on to the National level. The effective speaking course is generally help sometime between November and February.

First Aid Team

Cadets interested in being certified at the St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid level may join the First Aid team to receive professional training.  In the spring, hey compete in the regional first aid competition. The First Aid team practices on Friday evenings. 

The squadron’s senior first aid team competing in 2015

Sports Teams

Various sports teams are offered to cadets year-round, such as Voleyball, Basketball, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Teams participate at sports tournaments hosted by other squadrons throughout the year.

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