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

 
NEXT PARADE NIGHT: Thursday, December 13, 2018
ORDER OF DRESS: C-4 (Winter Dress / Tenue d'hiver)

News & Updates

Remembrance Day Parade - November 11, 2018

Remembrance Day is a very important day for us, and even more so this year as we celebrate 100 years since the armistice which ended World War I. As such, there are lots of question you may have about what we're doing, where we're supposed to be, and when we're supposed to be there! Take a look below to find out all of the details for Remembrance Day this year. Please note that the Remembrance Day Parade is a mandatory activity for cadets, and should you not be able to attend it is extremely important that you contact the squadron to inform them of your absence.

Cadets are to meet at the Royal Canadian Legion (6 Tache Street) at 9:45 AM. If you are with the Cenotaph Guard, you are to meet CI Uden at the St. Albert Community Hall at 9:30 AM. Dress for all cadets is C-1 (Ceremonial Dress), but cadets are to reminded to also 1) wear their parkas and gloves, and 2) bring their touques.

The parade will be leaving from the Legion and proceed down Saint Anne Promenade, continuing down St. Anne St and stopping in front of the cenotaph next to City Hall. This is where the formal ceremonies will take place, and there is standing room all around the street for spectators to watch.

Upon completion of the ceremonies, the parade will begin to proceed back to towards the Legion. Cadets in the band and flag party will continue to the legion, while all other cadets will instead head directly to the St. Albert Community Hall. Once at the Community Hall, cadets will have the opportunity to have some hot chocolate and cookies, provided by Scouts Canada. We anticipate everything to be completed by approximately noon.

If you have any questions or would like further clarification, please contact the squadron via email at 533RCACS@gmail.com.

CO's Parade - November 1, 2018

Thursday, November 1 is yet another Commanding Officer's Parade, and this month we have a LOT happening - plenty of guests and presentations to fill up the entire night! With that being said, we would like to give everyone a bit more detailed run down of the evening so you can know what to expect (without ruining any of the surprises!).

We will be starting the night at 6:15 PM (which is earlier than usual), and everyone is to meet at St. Albert City Hall. Here we will be meeting with Councillor Sheena Hughes as she proclaims the week of November 2-9 as the 14th Annual Cadet Week in St. Albert. Cadets are to be in C-2 (Full Uniform), and are reminded that they should all be wearing a poppy!

From City Hall, cadets and guests will march back to the St. Albert Community Hall, where before we head inside we will raise the Air Cadet flag on the flag pole outside of the hall, which the Community League will allow us to fly for the duration of Cadet Week.

Once we get inside, the fun doesn't stop! Parents and guests can find a seat as the cadets prepare for the regular opening parade. Once the cadets have fallen in and the Commanding Officer takes the parade square, we'll shake things up a bit by officially swearing all of our new recruits into the squadron and assigning them to their flights! Once everyone is situated into their new flights, we will proceed with the inspection, march past, and some awards and presentations. Special guests for the night include Mr. Doug Delorme of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch #271) and our Zone Training Officer, Captain Pat Neilson.

Following all of the excitement, there will be a brief presentation by the Royal Canadian Legion, followed by a little bit of flight time for the new cadets to officially get to meet the other members of their flight. Then closing parade, announcements, and home!

It's going to be a full night, and we hope everyone can come - the more friends and family to come and share in this night the merrier! So join us at 6:15 PM at City Hall and continue to celebrate the accomplishments of the cadets with us throughout the night! We hope to see you there!

First Night Back - 2018-2019 Training Year!

Hello Everyone!

It's hard to believe it, but we are only just over a week away from a brand new and exciting training year. This year we will be returning on Thursday, August 30, 2018, and here are a few notes about what you can expect that night!

Dress of the Night and Uniform Exchange

We're going to take it easy on the first night back and let everyone return in civilian clothes. However! This means you all need to do something as well. We are requesting that all cadets try on their uniforms and bring any pieces that need to be exchanged with them on Thursday night. This will give us a chance to exchange them for you before you are required to be in full uniform. If you are missing any uniform pieces, we will also take care of that as well. Please make sure you fully go through your entire uniform so that we can get you fully set up for the training year!

CO's Parade and Meet Your Course Officers

Aside from a welcome back from the Commanding Officer, the bulk of your evening will be spent with your Course Officers (formerly known as Level Officers). They will be working with you to let you know what to expect from this year, what we expect from YOU this year, and to set you up to make sure that you have everything you need to be successful in everything you want to achieve - whether that be promotions, completing your level, or getting a summer camp!

Parents Meeting

First Night Back isn't just for the cadets - we want all of the parents to come as well! Once the cadets head off to meet with their Course Officers, the Commanding Officer and the Friends of 533 will be meeting with the parents to go over some changes for the year, give an overview of the upcoming year, outline some expectations, and to answer any questions you may have. We will also be validating contact information for the current training year, so it's important that you attend as we need these forms signed before cadets can actively participate in all activities! Please make every effort to attend, as it is important for you to have all of the information so that your child is successful in this program!

We hope everyone has had a great summer, and we are looking forward to having you all back for another year. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the squadron via email at 533RCACS@gmail.com.

See you all on August 30!

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!

 

Calendar of Events

Weekly Announcements

December 7 - December 13, 2018

FRIDAY

No Announcements

SATURDAY

SurvivAir: No SurvivAir

SUNDAY

Ex Sabres Take Flight
Expected Participants: Proficiency Level Three and Four
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: St. Albert Community Hall
Dress: Civilian Dress
Required Materials: Notebook, Pen/Pencil
Meals: Lunch will be provided; Cash Canteen will be available

Cadets will be completing ground school activities to provide theoretical knowledge on aviation topics such as principles of flight, propulsion, meteorology, and navigation. Cadets will also be completing their Combined Aviation Assessment, which is required for the completion of their training level (and therefore promotions).

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

Scholarship Prep Boards: No Scholarship Prep Boards

Sports: No Sports

TUESDAY

Ground School: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
St. Albert Community Hall

WEDNESDAY

Biathlon: No Biathlon

Effective Speaking: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Albert Community Hall

Marksmanship: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
St. Albert Community Hall

THURSDAY

Order of Dress: C-4 (Winter Dress / Tenue d'hiver),Civilian Dress / Tenue civile

Cadets in Proficiency Level Three are to wear Civilian Dress tonight as you will be participating in a Air Rifle Marksmanship activity. ALL OTHER CADETS are to wear C-4 (Winter Dress / Tenue d'hiver).

Those cadets participating in the WO1 Merit Review Board are reminded to come in C-2 (Full Dress / Tenue complète), and can change into C-4 (Winter Dress / Tenue d'hiver) after completion of their board.

FUTURE EVENTS

Oil Kings Cadet Appreciation Hockey Game
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Cost: $20/ticket - includes bus from St. Albert Community Hall to Roger's Place

For more information please contact Mr. Colin Christensen at christensen.colin@gmail.com.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer Training
Applications for summer training have begun to be distributed. If you are interested in applying for summer training in 2019, please check out the camp information located here and submit an application to the Administration Office by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Scholarship Camps
Cadets applying for scholarship camps for the summer of 2019 are reminded they need to begin getting their documents (such as school marks) submitted to Mr. Klein

SPONSORING COMMITTEE

No Announcements

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