Monthly Archives:June 2020

Summer 2020 Virtual CTC Registration Information

27 Jun 20
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Registration for the Summer 2020 Virtual CTC courses will commence at 1200 ADT // 1230 NDT on Monday 29 Jun.

Registration will be by e-mail to VCTCRegistrationAtlantic@cadets.gc.caRegistration e-mails received before the 1200 ADT // 1230 NLT 29 Jun will not be actioned.

Cadets must provide all the following information in their request for registration email in order for RCSU staff to identify them correctly, verify their contact information, and register them in the proper serial. E-mails that do not contain all of the required information will not be actioned.  Use this bullet point format in the body of the e-mail to ensure all the required information is provided.

·         Last Name

·         First Name

·         Corps/Sqn number

·         Corps/Sqn element

·         Name of their #1 course choice & serial,  (eg. 1st Choice – Cadet Cyber Training Course – Standard – Serial 2)

·         Name of their #2 course choice & serial,

·         Name of their #3 course choice & serial

·         Preferred language of training

·         Phone number **

·         Email address **

·         *And if registering for a music course, the instrument played is also required

** Please note, Cadets will be provided a Microsoft 365 account to connect to the VCTC’s and access the online training content. The accounts will be created using the e-mail and phone number provided, therefore these contacts must be correct, and the cadet must be able to access these.

Using the above information, RCSU(A) staff will complete the registration of cadets to VCTC courses. 

Billet allocations for each course have been divided between the three Atlantic Region Areas based on population.  All billets are open to all elements, and available to cadets who meet the target age.  It is the responsibility of the cadet to meet the requirements listed for each course, such as internet connection, computer or other devices.  Refer to the course schedule for the details for each course.

Cadets will be registered to courses by RCSU(A) staff using the following procedure:

·         E-mails containing all the required information will be actioned in the order received.

·         RCSU(A) J5 will verify the cadet information in the e-mail against the cadet’s Fortress file and add or correct the cadet’s e-mail and phone contact as required.

·         RCSU(A) J5 will load the cadet to the 1st choice course if the cadet meets the target age and a billet is available.

·         If a billet is not available for the cadet’s 1st choice they will attempt to register the cadet for their 2nd choice or 3rd choice as available. If no billet is available for any of the cadet’s 3 choices, RCSU(A) J5 will identify available course choices to the cadet by e-mail. The cadet must respond with new choices, and RCSU(A) J5 will repeat the process on receipt of the e-mail.

·         RCSU(A) J5 will adjust the remaining number of billets for that course for the corresponding RCSU(A) Area.

·         When all e-mails have been actioned for the 1st available choice, RCSU(A) J5 will go through the registration e-mails in the same order and attempt to register each cadet for a second course.

·         This process will repeat until the billets are exhausted.

Corps/Sqn staff can monitor Fortress to see if/when their cadets have been successfully registered to a course.

Once registered, cadets will be contacted by VCTC staff about the course, logging into their Microsoft 365 account and participating in course activities.

Summer 2020 Virtual CTC

25 Jun 20
Capt Cameron
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RCSU has announced plans to run virtual summer courses! The original message along with an Word document, link at the bottom, with a list of courses, some details and the times they will be offered.

​Good Day,

A major part of the Natl Cdts & JCR Sp Gp Summer 2020 Campaign Plan is engaging our cadets. For the last several weeks, the Sp Gp HQ has been conducting development teams to put together exciting virtual engagement activities for cadets to participate in throughout the summer. Development is just about finished, and the list of available activities is now available for cadets to review. This menu of virtual training opportunities is now being called “Virtual CTC”. Activities range from self-guided online activities to live, facilitated skill challenges that cadets can participate from their homes using personal communication devices.

Please see the attached document for information regarding Virtual CTC activities that will be offered this summer. There will be more information about Virtual CTCs published from Natl Cdts & JCR Sp Gp over the next few days on social media platforms and the CJCR-CRJC App.

Courses/activities will have limited billets and some will be conducted within specific time frames to ensure that activities are well facilitated by Campaign Plan staff, therefore registration is required for cadets to participate. For registration, interested cadets will be able to self-register by sending an email to a positional email address within the RCSU with their intention to sign up for a course. The positional email address will be identified soon and published with additional registration instructions. RCSU staff will complete the registration process in Fortress, so corps and squadrons can track when their cadets have been registered for activities. More detail on this process will be provided as soon as possible.

This info is for widest distribution, please share with your cadets and staff. Cadets should be encouraged to review the list of actiivities and decide what activities they would like to participate in and be ready when registration begins.

It is expected that registration will open on Monday, 29 June.

Further information will be published in the Atlantic Region SharePoint site as it becomes available.

Atlantic Cadets Virtual Fitness Challenge

25 Jun 20
Capt Cameron
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This is from RCSU and open to all Cadets, Staff, Parents and others involved with the Cadet program. See the original email below.

The Atlantic Cadets Virtual Fitness Challenge is a scheme designed to encourage fitness and engagement. It is open to everyone associated with the CCO in Atlantic Canada – Cadets, CAF members, Civilian Employees, CI’s and CV’s, parents and league / sponsoring organization members. It is designed to be self-paced and honour-based.

Although targeted at our Corps and Squadrons, I have built in the ability for RCSU(A)’s sections to compete against one another for friendly bragging rights. So far, J3 Regional Training and J3 NL Area have been actively involved and we’d love to see other sections jump in and get involved as well!

Here’s how to participate:

1.            Choose an activity from the list below and get active. If you are doing something that isn’t on the list that gets you moving – pick something similar. An activity does not have to be a sport or an exercise – mowing your lawn or going for a walk counts:

Aerobic Classes00:10:001
Cross-country Skiing1.50:00:001
Cross-country Skiing Machine1.50:00:001
Cycling & Stationary Cycling30:07:001
Hiking (hills or with a pack)1.5 1
Jogging / Running10:00:001
Martial Arts00:07:001
Other cardio-based activity 0:07:001
Physical Work 0:30:001
Rope Skipping00:07:001
Rowing (canoeing/ kayaking)0.50:07:001
Sailing (small dinghy) 0:15:001
Skating (ice and roller)1.50:00:001
Skiing & Elliptical Trainer1.50:00:001
Stair Climbing00:07:001
Stationary Rowing0.50:07:001

2.            Calculate your points. For example – a 5 km run is good for 5 points, a 30 minute aerobic workout would be 3 points and 21 minutes on a bike would be 3 points. A minimum of one point per exercise session must be obtained before the points can be recorded. Points may be accumulated by participation in one or any combination of the activities listed but would have to be logged separately. A calculator is available at the following link to help with this (you will need a Google account to use it online or you can download it to your PC and open it in excel):

3.            Record your points using the form at the following link. Be sure to enter your first and last name the same way each time so you get credit for all of your points. You can record your points for any day back to beginning of the current month. Once you have entered your information once, you can use “I have entered data previously” to shorten the data entry process:

4.            A leader board is published based on the entries for the previous day each morning on the Challenge’s Facebook Group at the following link. Weekly and monthly summaries will be published on Fridays and on the 1 first day of each month. There will also be daily challenges for bonus points posted from time to times as well:

5.            For CAF Members, the points structure is based on the Canadian Armed Forces Physical Fitness Award of Aerobic Excellence Program. If you are looking for a longer term challenge, check that out:,achievement%20(I%20to%20VII).

Looking forward to seeing you participate! 

Year end Celebration change

23 Jun 20
Capt Cameron
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We have decided to change our year end celebration to a recorded message instead of doing a live meeting. This will allow more of our cadet family and friends to view at their leisure. We will be posting our video on our Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday June 28th.

Thank you for a great training year, and stay tuned for September, we have some great ideas in the works.

Year End Celebration Survey

11 Jun 20
Capt Cameron

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Hello parents, guardians, grand parents, friends, extended family, and of course our cadets. We are in the planning stages for a year end celebration, to honour our graduating cadets, look back on our shorter than normal training year, hand out some awards and some over due promotions.

We are planning to have an online Cisco Webex meeting on Sunday June 28th. Webex is free to use and supports Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android. You don’t even have to create an account, just download the app and sign in as a guest.

We have setup a survey to find out what time(s) would work best for most of our cadet family, you can take the survey by following this link:
Please fill out the survey before Sunday June 21st.

Once we have our time set, we will post an update, along with meeting details here and on Facebook and Twitter. We will also setup some meetings for a few days in advance to allow you to download and test Webex prior to the 28th. Please note, we are encouraging everyone that can to join as a family from a single device to listen and watch our event, this will allow us to have more families connected.

If you will not be able to attend, but wish to watch later, we will be posting a recording to YouTube and sharing a link to it.

Weekly Challenge

03 Jun 20
2Lt Straight

Here is this weeks challenge! You can comment below on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.