Trips & Weekend Exercises
Field Training Exercises
The squadron goes out for multiple weekend Field Training Exercises (FTXs) throughout the training year. Common destinations include:
- CFB Borden
- Rattlesnake Point
- Camp Sidrabene
- Blue Springs Scout Reserve
At an FTX, our cadets undergo training on topics such as: survival psychology, building shelters, range training, first aid, orienteering, radio communication, etc. They also build on their teamwork and leadership skills.
Despite having to eat military field ration packs, living in claustrophobic tents, waking up early on the weekend, and occasionally suffering through poor weather conditions, these FTXs are an incredible experience for our cadets and they come back wanting to do all over again.
March Break Trip
2017 – Norfolk, VA
Our cadets visited Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, VA, where they participated in US Navy training on damage control aboard the USS Buttercup. This US Navy base is the largest naval complex in the world. They also visited the NASA Langley Visitor Centre at the Virginia Air and Space Center and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
2016 – New York, NY
Our cadets visited the Big Apple. Highlights included the 9/11 memorial museum, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum, haggling in China Town, and views from the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building.
2015 – Chicago, IL
Our cadets visited the Windy City. Highlights included Millennium Park, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planeterium, and a visit to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower – the 2nd tallest building in North America.
2014 – Washington, DC & Annapolis, MD
Our cadets visited the Smithsonian, the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the US Naval Academy, and much more.
2013 – Boston, MA
Our cadets visited the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel that is still in use, as well visiting Harvard University and the location of the Salem Witch Trials.
2012 – Norfolk, VA
Our cadets visited Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, VA. This US Navy base is the largest naval complex in the world. They also visited Marine Corps Base Quantico and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Algonquin Canoe Trip
At the end of August, a small group of cadets are chosen to go to Algonquin for a 5-6 day canoe trip.
Completely detached from civilization and technology, the cadets spend the week canoeing and portaging through the park and sleeping in camp sites along the edges of its lakes.