Announcements

We would like to invite parents/guardians to an in-person information night on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 7-8pm in the Blakelock Cafeteria.

The objective of this night will be to provide an update on the program to date and plans for the rest of the year. This will be an interactive session and we welcome questions. Specific topics that will also be covered include:

  • Squadron teams and extra-curricular activities

  • Summer training opportunities & application process – View a list of available programs here

  • Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Experiences (PHASE) training

  • Preliminary March Break activity plan

  • Volunteering opportunities and parent support requests

PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS
Please help us by providing feedback and submitting questions in advance via this Google form: https://forms.gle/JpJGyyjxnf28fsyN8.

When: Tuesday Feb 7, 2023. 7pm – 8pm (Eastern Time - Toronto)
Where: Thomas A. Blakelock High School, 1160 Rebecca St, Oakville, ON L6L 1Y9, Canada
We are excited to be starting marksmanship back up at 540! The first few months will be focused on getting cadets signed off on the cadet air rifle. Cadets must complete a safety handling test prior to firing the cadet air rifle.

We will be sending some cadets to participate in the Zone Marksmanship Competition taking place on 4 March 2023. If you are interested in competing please indicate that on the Google Form when you sign up. All levels and ranks are eligible to be considered for the team.

When: Alternating Sundays starting January 15th, 2023. Cadets will choose to participate in one of two time slots: 1200-1430hrs (12-2:30pm) OR 1430-1700hrs (2:30-5pm).
A sign up form will be made for cadets to access 1-2 weeks in advance for marksmanship based on their level and a unique Google Form will be made for each event to track attendance.

The dates are as follows:
29 Jan - Register by 27 Jan
12 Feb - Register by 10 Feb
26 Feb - Register by 24 Feb *priority will be given to members who are planning to compete for the range team
12 Mar - Register by 10 Mar *priority will be given to cadets who have not yet participated in a range day
26 Mar - Register by 24 Mar

Starting in April, cadets who have completed their safe handling test may participate in more range days.

Who: Cadets who have signed up using the appropriate Google Form below.
Where: St. Paul's United Church, 454 Rebecca St, Oakville, ON L6K 1K7, Canada
Dress: Appropriate civilian attire. Be prepared to be laying on your stomach for an extended period of time and maybe get dusty. Pants with good mobility are suggested (ex. sweatpants). Must have closed toed shoes.

Sign up here using the following Google Form by February 10th.

Please see the below announcement for information regarding the Zone Marksmanship Competition.
NEW - As we are planning on sending some cadets to the Zone Marksmanship Competition, here are some answers to FAQ's:

When is the competition?
March 4th, plan to be away all day. Exact timings will be announced closer to the date.

Where?
HMCS York in Toronto. A bus will pick up cadets from St Paul's Church and return them there at the end of the day.

Who can participate?
Any cadet who comes to a marksmanship group on February 12th or who has already participated in a range day is eligible! Please note, we can take a maximum of 15 cadets (3 teams of 5) and each team is required to have 2 junior cadets (ages 12-14, not turning 15 prior to May).
That being said, anyone can participate in the recreational days (Sundays)!
Senior cadets who want to assist as a cadet coach can talk to Capt Pépin about that opportunity.

How will I know if I made the team?
Members will be announced on parade on February 14th and emailed. Alternates will also be selected in the event that a team member is unable to compete.

What commitment is required to be on the team this year?
You need to be available to participate in marksmanship on February 26th to sight a rifle to use in competition and be sized for equipment. Plan to come for the entire time slot (12-5pm). If this is not possible please email [email protected]
And of course, you need to be available for the entire day of March 4th.

Participation in the competition team is entirely optional but is a fun way to see your skills in action and gain experience!

Please direct any further questions to Capt Pépin.
Dear 540 Golden Hawks Families,

Please read a letter from our Commanding Officer, Captain Anthony Vukojevic, with information regarding training that is new to the Canadian Cadet Organization curriculum this year. Promoting Healthy and Safe Experiences (PHASE) lessons will be introduced to cadets across the country, which aims to affirms youth rights as defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If you have any questions or concerns about PHASE training, they can be directed to our squadron's PHASE Coordinator at [email protected]

All the best
Hey 540,

Are you interested in volunteering at the Oakville Legion's Fish Frys? This is a great opportunity to strengthen our community support and collect some volunteer hours for school.

The Fish Fry’s occur from 1615hrs to approximately 1900hrs every other Friday starting on Nov 25, 2022.

High School volunteer hours will be recorded by the Legion and a free plate of fish and chips will be provided to those who volunteer.

Tasks include: serving plates, cleaning tables, and cleaning the facility among other tasks.

Should you be interested, please fill out this form.

Your information will be forwarded to the Oakville Legion who will contact you directly.
Dear Cadets,

If you are expecting you will not be able to attend a training night, please use the Absence Reporting Form to document your absence.

You must be signed into your @540goldenhawks.com email address in order to view the form.

If you are not able to attend an event you have signed up for, please inform the proper Chain of Command for that event.

Thank you for your cooperation.
If you are interested in joining Air Cadets, please sign up on our waiting list. You will be contacted with next steps.

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