While the responsibility lies on the cadet to stay informed about squadron events and training activities, parents should also be keeping up to date. The website calendar contains all our weekly training activities such as regular training nights and team practices, as well as any other events such as tagging or parades. When seeking more information, parents should be mindful of the Chain of Command, and address their questions to the appropriate staff member.
Keeping us informed
With all the information we give you, we also need you to give some information to us. It is important that you communicate to us any changes in your cadet’s personal or medical information, such as address changes or allergies.
Supporting your cadet’s development
It is required for a cadet to maintain a minimum 70% attendance for mandatory activities. Staff cadets are held to a higher standard and must maintain a minimum of an 80% attendance. Mandatory activities include Tuesday training nights and FTXs, and are necessary for a cadet to pass their level or be eligible for promotion to the next rank. Other activities and teams such as the band and drill team are optional, though cadets are encouraged to try out for as many as possible.
We understand that school is important to you and your cadet, and that sometimes it will have to come before cadets. That being said, participation in cadet activities can provide your cadet with many leadership and training opportunities not found in school. We encourage you to help your cadet balance between their school and cadet obligations.
Being a cadet takes hard work and effort, and your cadet may find themselves struggling at times. As a parent, it is important that you help your cadet persevere through any difficulties they may be having.
In the event your cadet cannot meet their attendance commitment for an activity, it is vital that they communicate this as soon as possible. We have a Report an Absence section on the website that facilitates this.
As a parent, one of the best ways you can support your cadet is to provide them with a means of transportation to and from cadet activities.
In addition, certain activities such as our semi-annual Tagging Fundraiser rely on parent volunteers to assist with driving cadets to/from their designated locations throughout Oakville. Without this support the event could not be as successful as it is.