THURSDAY NIGHTS
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
ST. ALBERT COMMUNITY HALL (17 PERRON STREET)

 
NEXT PARADE NIGHT: Thursday, August 30, 2018
ORDER OF DRESS: Civilian Dress

News & Updates

Statement on #JerseysForHumboldt

As many of you are aware, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last weekend has had a very emotional effect on people all across the country, even today as a sixteenth life was lost. For some of us, this tragedy hits closer to home than for others, as several members of the team were from St. Albert and surrounding areas. Stephen Wack and Logan Hunter, both from St. Albert, did not survive the crash. Two other players, Jaxon Joseph (Edmonton) and Connor Lukan (Slave Lake), played in St. Albert.

On April 12, the nation is coming together to show their support through #JerseysForHumboldt. General Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff, has even authorised the wearing of jerseys for CAF members during this time. To pay our respects to all of the families affected by this tragedy, 533 St. Albert RCACS will also be standing with its community tomorrow. As such, I am authorising the wearing of hockey jerseys during tomorrow's parade night (April 12) for all cadets and staff. Those who can wear a hockey jersey are encouraged to do so with appropriate civilian clothing; those who do not wear a jersey are to be in regular uniform for the evening (C-2B).

It may be but a simple act of remembrance, but together we are stronger. During this time of loss, we extend our condolences to all of families and communities who are suffering from these events.
 

Capt Adam Colbourne
Commanding Officer, 533 St. Albert RCACS

Return From Spring Break

Welcome back from Spring Break everyone! There are a lot of things to keep in mind as we return for the month of April, so here are some things to remember as we head back to our regular training tonight.

CO's Parade
That's right - tonight (April 5th) is CO's Parade! Make sure you're wearing your correct uniform (C-2)! There will be presentations and promotions happening tonight as well - all are invited to attend!

Ex Sabre Royale Permission Slips
Ex Sabre Royale is a flight competition which will be occurring on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 12 PM - 5 PM at the St. Albert Community Hall (both days). Flights will be competing in a variety of activities such as sports, marksmanship, drill, citizenship, general cadet knowledge, and more in order to earn points towards the Top Flight Award. This is a mandatory training activity, and permission forms are due tonight (April 5). Forms can be found here.

4 Wing Cold Lake Tour
If you were interested in participating in the 4 Wing Cold Lake Tour from April 13-15, you need to bring your $30.00 in tonight (April 5). We need to get a confirmed list of attendees ASAP (there are still some spots left to go if you're interested). Additional information on the trip will be distributed afterwards.

Summer Training Offers
If you have been given an offer for summer training, you must bring your signed offer forms back to the Administration Office ASAP!

Ottawa 2019 Trip
As most of you know, we have announced our intent to travel to Ottawa during Spring Break of 2019. If you are interested, we require you to sign up and a deposit is required. Last day to sign up/provide your deposit is May 3. For additional information, please see the letter which was distributed before spring break here.

We hope this sets things on the right track! There's plenty happening in April/May, so if there are any questions feel free to send us an email at 533RCACS@gmail.com!

Preparing for CO's Parade - November 2nd

It might be hard to believe, but another month has come and gone and we're once again gearing up for our regular Commanding Officer's (CO's) Parade, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month. As per usual, we've got a lot going on, so here's the breakdown for the night! Read carefully, because it's important!

First things first - dress. Because it's CO's Parade, cadets are to be in C-2 (Full Dress). This means dress shirts, ties, tunics, etc. Cadets are reminded to have all of their badges sewn on properly, and that all other uniform standards should be adhered to as well - especially hair cuts! Also, please wear a poppy!

CO's Parade in November also coincides with the City of St. Albert's proclamation of Cadet Week. This means that instead of meeting at the Community Hall, cadets are asked to meet at City Hall (same time, you should arrive by 6:30 PM) where will all form up and Mayor Cathy Heron will proclaim the week of November 3-9 as Cadet Week.

From City Hall, all cadets will then march back to the Community Hall, where before proceeding inside we will stop and raise the cadet flag outside the Community Hall, which the Community League has agreed to fly for the duration of Cadet Week. We will then proceed inside to begin our normal parade.

Once attendance has been taken and the parade has fallen in, we will begin the night by officially swearing all of the new recruits from this year into the squadron - did you know there are almost thirty of you?! Once you've been sworn in, you will be assigned to your new flights - no more standing off to the side in Tutor Flight! The Commanding Officer will then proceed to do an inspection and we'll complete our first march past of the year as a full squadron. First year cadets - don't worry about the march past - you learn by doing! This will be your first real foray into partaking in a real parade. It'll be a little weird, but don't worry - your newfound flight members will help you through it.

After all of the excitement of our first march past is complete, it will be time for some presentations! Another exciting part about CO's Parade in November is what we call our Coin Parade. Every year there are members of the squadron who are rewarded with a squadron coin. You'll hear a lot more about it on parade, but if you want to find out more beforehand, feel free to check out some info here. We will also be announcing October's Cadet of the Month, plus we are also hoping to have all of your results from the Cadet Fitness Assessment tabulated so we are able to present cadets with their badges. It's a full night!

Following the presentations, we'll take a short break before continuing on with some flight activities for the rest of the evening.

As always, parents and guests are strongly encouraged to come out for all parts of the CO's Parade. Watch the parade and presentations, take pictures of your cadets, and be proud of the work they have done so far this year. As parents, you're part of our squadron too!

Hope to see you all on November 2nd!

Follow-Up - October 5th CO's Parade

Congratulations to all of the cadets who received promotions and commendations at last night's CO's Parade!
 
As was also mentioned on parade, the squadron staff is very proud of all cadets in the squadron of the progress they have made in the month since returning for the new training year. New cadets - you may have lots to learn, but the enthusiasm you currently display for the program will help ensure that you will integrate well into the squadron. Returning cadets - we can already see personal improvements over last year, and commend you for it. Don't let up now! Continue to push yourselves to improve just a little more each day, and you'll begin to surprise even yourself.
 
It's still early in the year, but we have a very positive outlook on the things ahead. As a squadron we are growing and changing, but we believe that if everyone continues to work together we will continue to show why we are one of the top squadrons in not only the Edmonton area, but also in Alberta and the Northwest Region.
 
Again, Bravo Zulu to you all. We look forward to the continuation of the training year, and we hope you do too.

October 5th - First CO's Parade

It's the first Thursday of the month... and that means it's CO's Parade!

The Commanding Officer's (CO's) Parade is the time of the month when the CO inspects the squadron and often does presentations! Tonight there will be several promotions and presentations, so you won't want to miss it.

All parents and guests are welcome to attend. The parade starts at 7:00 PM for guests (cadets still need to be there for 6:30 PM as per normal!).

CADETS ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THEY BRING BACK THEIR ANNUAL VALIDATION FORMS TONIGHT.

 

Calendar of Events

Weekly Announcements

May 25 - May 31, 2018

FRIDAY

No Announcements

SATURDAY

SurvivAir: No SurvivAir

Rainmaker Rodeo Parade
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Parade Position #41 (Sir Winston Churchill Avenue)
Dress: C-2B (Summer Dress)
Cadets will be marching in the annual Rainmaker Rodeo Parade in St. Albert! Please ensure that you wear sunscreen, water will be available.

SUNDAY

Ex Spring Soar
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Villeneuve Airport
Dress: Appropriate Civilian Dress
Our spring gliding day! Lunch will be provided. Please ensure you wear a hat and bring a water bottle. Also note that the east entrance to Villeneuve Airport is closed, so you must enter using the west entrance. Drop off is still at the ATC Tower.

MONDAY

Band: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
William D. Cuts Junior High School

Drill Team: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
William D. Cuts Junior High School

Flag Party: No Flag Party

Mock Scholarship Boards: No Mock Scholarship Boards

Sports: No Sports

TUESDAY

Ground School: No Ground School

WEDNESDAY

Biathlon: No Biathlon

Effective Speaking: No Effective Speaking

Marksmanship: No Marksmanship

THURSDAY

Order of Dress: C-2 (Full Dress)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • ACR Practice will be held at the AKINSDALE ARENA (66 Hebert Road), NOT the Community Hall
  • Practice tonight is from 6 PM - 9 PM, NOT 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, so please arrange your rides accordingly
  • As we will be performing a lot of parade practice, there will be lots of drill. Please ensure you bring a water bottle with you, and EAT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

FUTURE EVENTS

Annual Ceremonial Review
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Akinsdale Arena (66 Hebert Street)
Dress: C-1 (Ceremonial Dress)
Cadets are to arrive at 6:00 PM. Guests are asked to be seated no later than 6:45 PM for the arrival of the reviewing party at 7:00 PM.

Mess Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: St. Albert Community Hall
Dress: C-8 (Mess Dress)

Year End BBQ
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lions Park
Dress: Appropriate Civilian Dress
Come join us for a relaxing evening at the park and a BBQ to celebrate the end of the year!

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ottawa 2019 Trip
Sign-ups for the Ottawa Trip are now closed. More information will be forthcoming for those who have registered.

ACR/Mess Dinner
Information about ACR/Mess Dinner is now available at the Administration Office, as well as the ability to purchase tickets for the Mess Dinner. Additional tickets are $30 each, and the deadline to purchase is Thursday, May 24. Please pick up an information sheet ASAP if you have not already.

SPONSORING COMMITTEE

General Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
St. Albert Community Hall (Lower Hall)

FRIENDS OF 533

Bingo
Saturday, June 9, 2018
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
West End Bingo (17304 105 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1G4)

Committment Cheques
Parents who are expecting to have committment cheques returned to them are able to pick them up at the Administration Office