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810 Squadron Parent Handbook

Please download and read the parent handbook here: 2016-2017 Parent Handbook

Parent Involvement

While the Cadet program is for youth, it offers adults an exciting opportunity to get involved as well. There are many different ways you can have a part in the cadet acitivites that will benefit not just your cadet but the Squadron as a whole.

Here are some ways you can help out:

  • Volunteer to help fundraise at a variety of our planned yearly fundraising activities i.e. Bingos and Casino’s (these provide our healthiest revenues)
  • Make sure you have provided your email contact information to the “Guardians of 810”.
  • Attend the scheduled “Guardians of 810” parent meetings and attend the Annual General Meeting
  • Sit on mock boards for scholarship candidates.
  • Volunteer for coaching Effective Speaking.
  • Become a board member.

All valuable contributions are welcome, even if it is just a few minutes every week to a few hours throughout the training year.

Supporting and encouraging your child is an important aspect of your role in the program. We ask that you encourage attendance and that you foster positive attitudes toward cadet activities, including fundraising. At the same time, it is important to monitor your child’s participation in cadet activities to gauge the effect on schoolwork and family time.

Information

It is important that you keep the cadet staff informed of any changes that may affect your child’s personal file such as medical concerns, emergency contacts information, legal custody, address and telephone number.

In order for you to stay informed we encourage you to check the www.810air.ca website regularly and to attend the parents meetings throughout the year. This is an opportunity for the sponsoring committee and the Squadron staff to provide valuable information and to address any questions you have.

Keep in mind that the responsibility rests on your child to keep informed of the activities at the cadet unit. Every cadet should have the telephone number of the cadet in charge of their flight.

Volunteer Screening

To protect our cadets we have an obligation as responsible parents to ensure that our cadets are as safe as possible. The Air Cadet League and the Department of National Defense expects us to follow a process to screen all adults who will potentially be directly involved with the cadets. Note: Screening is NOT a requirement to volunteer for Bingos or Casino’s!

We ask that all parents be screened as there are times when you may be asked to drive or assist in some manner within the cadet program and this is a requirement. The process involves a Police Record Check, completing the attached form, and a short interview. The forms are available from the Parents Sponsoring committee members and will be available at the end of each cadet night.

Parent Expectations

What is expected of the parent?

There are a few expectations…

  • NOT washing, ironing, or caring for cadet’s uniforms.
  • NOT polishing the cadet’s boots.
  • TEACH your cadet how to use the washing machine, dryer and iron.
  • Read the parent handbook​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Participate in your sponsoring committee​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Help with fundraising.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Volunteer at Cadet Activities Support​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • ENSURE your cadet is dropped off and picked up ON TIME at ALL Cadet Activities.
  • Encourage your Cadet.
  • Bring QUESTIONS and CONCERNS to the Parent Committee Chairperson

Parent’s Pledge

It is the intention of this pledge to promote respect for all participants within this Cadet organization. All parents must observe the principles of proper conduct as long as their son/daughter/ward is involved in 810.

Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians

1. I will not force my child to participate in cadets;
2. I will remember that my child attends cadets for his or her own enjoyment, not mine;
3. I will encourage my child to follow the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence;
4. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcomes of a decision;
5. I will remember that children learn by example;
6. I will applaud good performance shown by all cadets;
7. I will respect and show appreciation for the staff and volunteers who give their time to this organization for my child;
8. I understand that my participation as a volunteer will not affect the success or lack thereof of my child in this organization;
9. I understand that our family will receive information on a regular basis on how we can support the cadets. Though my participation is voluntary, I understand that we are expected to contribute to fund-raising activities to benefit all the cadets;
10. I agree to abide by the rules of the Positive Peer Mentoring Program formerly the Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention Program as well as the established rules and regulations of the Cadet Program;
11. I agree to follow the Chain of Command for parents and encourage my child to follow his/her own Chain of Command.

Parent Concerns

Do you have questions/concerns as a parent/or legal guardian regarding a cadet matter? As with every organization, there are proper channels to direct your questions and concerns. This is what is called a Chain of Command.

Whether it is a question regarding training, an observation, suggestion or a conflict with another parent, staff member or cadet, you have a forum to present these concerns in a constructive way:

  • Speak to the President of the Guardians of 810 Air Cadet Sponsoring Society. They are the first contact with concerns/problems/questions.
  • Attend any “810 Guardians” Parent meeting to voice your questions/concerns there.
  • If you cannot reach the President, speak with Capt Pilkington, Commanding Officer at 780-450-8103 If you have not spoken to the President, Capt Pilkington will advise you to also talk to them.
  • If you want information regarding training, your cadet should contact their Flight Commander. Flight Commanders will ensure cadets have the appropriate phone numbers. We have a website where up-to date training information is available. Parents are not permitted to contact the Flight Commanders.

These are the only appropriate avenues of communication for parents. Parents shall not contact other staff members or cadets with questions or concerns. Parents shall not bring cadet behavioral concerns to other parents or cadets.

We teach the cadets proper ways to deal with their problems. At no point is it acceptable for a cadet to be rude or offensive when addressing their concerns with a fellow cadet, an NCO or a staff member. This remains true for parents.

As Commanding Officer, Capt Pilkingotn has a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the cadets and staff from harassment of all kinds. We will not tolerate verbal abuse by any cadet or parent who contacts a cadet, staff member or member of the Guardians of 810 Society.

Your concerns will be addressed when brought through the proper channels. Any parent contacting a staff member or cadet will be advised to contact Vincent Wong. Parents, this is your chain of command.

We work hard to provide a fun educational program for your children. Please acknowledge our good intentions, and address your concerns appropriately.

Costs to the Parents

There is no cost for membership or registration and no cost for uniforms. The basic mandatory training is funded through the Department of National Defense, which provides staffing, uniforms, food rations and transportation for mandatory training, and nominal funding for rent, equipment and other needs.

Additional Cadet activities and programming is funded through the “Guardians of 810” sponsoring committee’s fundraising efforts which ensures that the Cadets have access to a highly rewarding program which provides them with many opportunities for new experiences, develop leadership and community citizenship, and have fun.

Fundraising provides for core program costs such as rent of the gym, classrooms, telephone and class resources. It also provides for gliding experiences, scholarships, band, sports activities, first aid training, awards and recognition, and many others. Fundraising is critical to maintain the program that all 810 Cadets love. Bingo’s and Casino’s provide the primary source of revenue dollars that we are able to count on. WE ASK THAT EVERYONE DO THEIR PART TO HELP SUPPORT ALL OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.

~Together we make light of hard work~

Through our continued and combined efforts the 810 Grant McConachie Air Cadet Squadron is one of the most successful in Alberta and once again achieved recognition for being the top squadron in the region in 2016.

Terminology

CO - Commanding Officer
ACO - Area Cadet Officer
RCO - Regional Cadet Officer
DCdts - Director of Cadets
Wing - We are part of the Northeast Wing
CIC - Cadet Instructor Cadre
SSC - Squadron Sponsoring Committee
SCC - Sponsoring Committee Chairperson
ACL - Air Cadet League
DND - Department of National Defense
ACR - Annual Ceremonial Review
CI - Civilian Instructor

Anytime the wording of “port” or “cocktails” is used, it is always referred to as non-alcoholic

The Schedule of activities for 2017-2018 Cadet year is updated on the www.810air.ca website regularly.

Wednesday evening announcements are a good time to ensure you know what is scheduled for your cadet training. Always check the website for the latest confirmed events and times.

Should an event be cancelled, we try to ensure that the information is circulated as soon as possible on the website, by email, phone call or text from your cadets Flight Sergeant.