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Weekly Update Dec 2 – Dec 8 21

02 Dec 21
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Here is the weekly update

Saturday: Orienteering Clinic. This is for the cadets who registered only.
Drop off at Lily Lake pavilion between 830 and 900. You must provide proof of vaccine to a staff member.
Dress to be outside all day, there will not be warming facilities available. Bring snacks and water to drink.
Lunch will be provided.
Pickup between 1615 and 1645 at Lily Lake pavilion.

Sunday: Marksmanship: 1800-2030 at the Armouries. New cadets are welcome to attend.

Wednesday: Regular Training. Dress is field training uniform. Wear a warm winter coat, it is cold out this time of year.

Important Notes: Do not forget proof of vaccine is required for each event and training night. We have a limited supply of masks if you forget yours.
If you haven’t returned your annual validation or detailed medical forms, bring them in as soon as possible.

Reminder: If a cadet cannot make it to a Wednesday night/regular event, the cadet should leave a message on the squadron answering machine 632-3215. Please do not e-mail Capt Meunier or post on Facebook. This will ensure the Admin O gets the message and can mark the cadet as excused.

For more information check out our our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/161aircadets/ and follow us on Twitter @161aircadets.

2021 Training Update for January

08 Jan 21
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.
Given the current situation we have been directed to continue with only virtual training for the month of January. We will be moving our virtual training to Wednesday night, with the current schedule listed below.

Nightly timings:
1825-1850 – Login to meeting for socialization, get caught up, talk with your fellow cadets and staff
1850-1930 – Classes in individual virtual channels or rooms.
1930-1940 – CO to talk, announcements and dismissal

Jan 13th:
Level 1 & 2 – M240.03 Aerospace
Level 3 & 4 – C403.01 Leadership

Jan 20th:
Level 1 & 2 – M107.02 General Cadet Knowledge
Level 3 & 4 – M331.01 Principles of Flight

Jan 27th:
Level 1 & 2 – M131.01 Principles of Flight
Level 3 & 4 – C403.01 Leadership

Feb 3rd:
Level 1 & 2 – M103.02 Leadership
Level 3 & 4 – M331.02 Principles of Flight

Training Cancelled – Friday November 20th

20 Nov 20
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We are going to cancel our regular training for tonight, Friday November 20th and optional training for Sunday November 22nd as a precaution with the current increase in reported cases in the Saint John region. We will update everyone on when regular in-person training is able to resume.
We will look at contacting each family to ensure we are able to deliver virtual training with Microsoft Teams and that all cadets are able to access it. A virtual training schedule will be posted as soon as we have it ready and instructors are ready to teach.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via Facebook.

Virtual Remembrance Day with 161

10 Nov 20
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Tomorrow marks another Remembrance Day, and this year we will not be parading in person. We have been given permission to share the live stream from the ceremony in Grand Bay-Westfield that will be streamed by the Royal Canadian Legion branch #22. A Teams meeting will be scheduled for all cadets and staff to participate if they wish, or you can watch on your own at the branch’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/grandbay.legion

The service is expected to start around 10:30am.

Remembrance Day: the symbolism of the poppy flower | Canadian Immigrant

Welcome Back 2020 Update

29 Sep 20
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We will soon be starting back up, but there will be a few changes this year. We have to delay our in-person start date a few more weeks, we’ll let you know as soon as we have a firm date, but in the meantime, we’d love to see everyone virtually. We have partnered with Microsoft to allow us to do this as of today. All cadets and staff have been setup with an Office 365 account which gives us all the Office suite tools online along with Microsoft Teams. We will be distributing a guide to parents and cadets this week, starting with our levels 4’s and 5’s, followed by the 3’s and 2’s. If you need assistance getting setup in Teams, please contact us on Facebook and we will assist you with getting setup.

There is some new protocol this year, and we want to get ahead of it. All cadets and parents will be required to take the Covid Awareness course before we start back up, and we are trusting you to complete this. There are 2 ways to complete this:
                – Link to Covid Course PowerPoint

                – Link to CCO Extra net

  • Select the Cadet/Parent/Guardian login link
  • Create an account if you do not have one
  • Once you have logged in, there will be an option to take the Covid Awareness course

Here is a handy Aide Memoire for your reference.

All parents, cadets, staff will always be required to wear masks when on the Armouries property (except in your vehicles).
Parents will not be permitted to enter the Armoury. We have a hard limit to the number of personal that can be in the building and want to make sure that as many as possible of those spots are for the cadets. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call the office and someone will meet you in the parking lot.
Cadets will have to line up and enter the building 1 at a time, social distancing must be maintained while lined up. Cadets will also have to sign in and out each night.

Some upcoming events:
Friday October 2nd at 2000 – Teams meeting for staff and level 4 and 5 cadets
Friday October 9th at 1900 – Teams meeting/training for all cadets and staff.

Remember, our first priority will be safety and being able to train in a safe and comfortable environment. Our training this year may be different from the previous ones, but we can still have fun and learn at the same time.

2020-2021 Training Year Information

20 Aug 20
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Letter to Cadets, Parents, Guardians and Staff

The safety and security of all who participate in the Cadet Program is always one of our top priorities. It is assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic could last 18 months or longer. This virus will likely return in multiple waves and continue to pose a threat to the Canadian Public. A return to normalcy is not forecasted any time soon, and we need to prepare for a new normal.

Therefore, that is why, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group has made the decision to delay the start-up of limited in-person cadet activities until at least 1 October, 2020. This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. It ensures that we have proper measures in place for the safety and security of everyone
who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and JCR programs do not become a vector to spread the COVID-19 virus.

In the month of September, you can expect that we will reach out to you with information about the fall. We are expecting virtual activities to resume in September until such time that limited in-person training can be authorized. For your information, we have enclosed some key highlights with information for 2020-2021 training year.

Although the fall of 2020 will not roll out the same way it has in years before, we remain committed to ensuring that the Cadet Program continues to provide unique experiences for youth within our community. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to reach
out to us.

Key Highlights for the 2020 Training year.

Update for in-person activities

a. No in-person training/events/activities are to commence prior to 1 Oct 20. Virtual engagement may commence on 1 Sep 20 while preparations for in-person gatherings are underway.
b. Facility and event checklists will need to be filled out by corps/squadron COs for approval by the Chain of command prior to allowing limited in-person activities for parade nights and subsequent activities.
c. Virtual CTC completed Friday 14 Aug 2020 We will be gathering lessons
learned to apply to the upcoming cadet year.


a. 1-30 Sep preparations may include staff meetings at the parade location (adults only) provided Public Health Measures (PHM) are adhered to.


a. No in-person fundraising activities involving cadets and adult staff are authorized until further notice.

When training resumes

a. Cadets and adult staff (CAF, CIs and volunteers) must inform their chain of command if they have been tested for COVID-19 and also the results.
b. When the time comes for in person activities, non-medical masks (NMMs) will be provided by the CAF to all cadets and staff; however, in the interim, cadets and staff may use personally procured NMMs if they have them.
c. Wearing of non-medical masks during in-person activities will be dependent on the local situation (e.g., school board direction, Provincial / Municipal regulations), ensuring 2m physical distancing. Additional direction may follow prior to 1 Oct 2020.
d. If COVID awareness training is required for all occupants to enter a facility (i.e. an armoury), cadets will individually complete our online COVID training course and advise their corps/sqn staff of completion, prior to entering the facility.
e. Previous direction regarding international cadet training/events remains extant. Given the state of COVID and global projections, no international cadet training/events will occur prior to 1 Sep 21; this includes all Exchanges (i.e. ISCA, IACE, Maple Leaf, etc.).
f. Inter-provincial/territorial travel is limited to program participants who reside within one hour of a provincial/territorial border and must cross it in order to attend regular parade nights or other approved day only training activities. There will be no commercial air travel. Ground transport must be arranged and carried out in a manner that ensures 2 metre distancing between passengers, with appropriate cleaning protocol. Self-travel for any cadet activities is limited to within 1 hour of the parade location in order to maximize parental drop off / pick up of their child. Exception to the 1 hour limitation will be approved by the RCSU CO.
g. No overnight travel is authorized until further notice. This means, for example, day only field exercises and no recreational trips outside the 1-hour driving limitations.
h. We are planning for day camps during the spring break 2021 period across Canada. Looking at up to approximately 6,000 cadets getting the opportunity and parents dropping them off and picking them up. We are exploring the use of local armouries, facilities with the focus being on safe, fun and exciting activities for the cadets.

Subsequent updates

a. Subsequent direction will follow but not before 1 Nov 2020 in regards to CTCs for Summer 2021.

Update – Power Pilot Training Course (PPTC) and Glider Pilot Training Course (GPTC)

a. The decision to conduct the PPTC and GPTC will be made by Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp in the Nov/Dec 2020 timeframe.
b. Note: Force generation of glider instructors will need to be the first priority to ensure viability of the glider program in the future.
c. There is a plan to have a selection process for both GPTC and PPTC this training year.
d. PPTC and GPTC could resume, conditions permitting, during summer 2021, but there are no guarantees that approval will be given to conduct these courses given COVID-19.
e. Additionally, cadet familiarization flying (power and glider), could also resume, conditions permitting, but no earlier than summer 2021.

For new cadets, or those interesting in joining

You can now sign up online at the link below, and your information will be automatically forwarded to us, speeding up the enrollment and letting you get involved earlier.

Year End Celebration Survey

11 Jun 20
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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.

Communications Survey

10 May 20
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Parents, Guardians and Cadets:
We’re doing a survey about the best way to contact you and if you have access to the internet. Please fill it out at your earliest convenience. Only need 1 response per household or cadet family.
We know this was already posted on Facebook, but we’re still looking for more responses.


Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CNML97?fbclid=IwAR1KVjK7GM-us2hkzjzzdV-NZTNaMPs5xSUHWI-7BBomN3nq28oi1juEOJI

Important Reminder

19 Mar 20
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All League tickets and money must be returned to Lt. and Capt. Hutchinson at Personal Auto & Tire, at 451 Rothesay Ave. in Saint John. They are still open.

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Important Update Regarding Cadet Activities

13 Mar 20
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As of this afternoon, all cadet activities including regular training are suspended for 3 weeks. The situation will be evaluated during this time and the suspension may be extended, and we will update with any news that we have when it is made available.

At this time, the earliest 161 would be returning to training activities is Wednesday April 8th. An updated training schedule will be posted once the date to resume training has been confirmed.