Named after the world famous Golden Hawks precision flight team of the Canadian Air Force, 540 Golden Hawks Squadron is one of 450+ squadrons in Canada and has been serving the youth of Oakville, Ontario since 1951.

The Cadet Program

The Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada. It includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets. It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Forces.

Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

Coached and supervised by Officers of the Canadian Forces, cadets progress through stages of increasing responsibilities and leadership, with senior cadets organizing and taking a lead role in many of the activities.

The Cadet Program is open to youth aged 12 to 18 and 540 Sqn is always looking to recruit new members.

Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces, nor are they expected to join the military.

Training

540 Sqn’s training year closely follows the school year, running from September to June. Mandatory regular training runs every Tuesday evening at T. A. Blakelock High School, and the Band and Drill Team practice on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Additionally, there are many weekend activities such as Field Training Exercises, glider familiarization flights, and sports competitions.

Most of the training is performed by senior cadets and covers topics such as drill, first-aid, instructional techniques, leadership, marksmanship, meteorology, navigation, principles of flight, survival training, and more. During the summer months, cadets have the opportunity to apply for summer training courses that can run from two to seven weeks.

All training events are posted to our calendar.

Cost

The Cadet Program is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Navy League, Army Cadet League and Air Cadet League of Canada. The civilian sponsor requires local community support to meet its obligations that include accommodations, training aids and equipment and program enhancements not otherwise provided. Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising as required by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.

The Squadron Sponsoring Committee requests a $75 annual registration fee per cadet ($50 for any additional siblings). This is not a mandatory fee. Cadets that are unable to pay this fee will not be excluded from any activities or events.

Joining Instructions

You need to be a minimum of 12 years old to join the Cadet Program.

To enroll with 540 Sqn you need to bring your parents and come to Blakelock High School on a Tuesday training night at 1830 hrs. Please wear black pants and a white shirt, or something equally appropriate. Your parents will receive a registration package to fill out and bring back the next week and you will have the opportunity to stay for the evening to check us out.

If you have questions that can’t wait, email recruiting@540goldenhawks.ca.

Other Local Units

Oakville is also home to 178 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and 1188 Lorne Scots Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

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