30 April 2015

All cadets are to report to the Walmart grocery door. 2Lt McGinley will have a sign in sheet for attendance, please ensure that you sign in otherwise you will be marked as absent for tagging.
Any questions or concerns please contact 2Lt McGinley via email wmcg@sympatico.ca or by telephone at 819-683-5575 (home), or 343-369-5575 (cell).
Please check the current schedule to ensure you meet your timings

29 April 2015


Dear Parent/Guardian(s) and Cadets,

The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is a partnership between the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence (DND).  DND provides funding and logistical support for the mandatory programs.  Local funding for individual Squadrons is the responsibility of the local sponsoring committee.  In the case of 638 Squadron, the local sponsoring committee is comprised of a board of interested and likeminded individuals.  At the local level, they provide funding for everything else including funding for training outside of the mandatory programs supported by DND.

Since the dissolution of 438 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association many years ago the Squadron has not had a sponsor (i.e. an organization who provides annual funding).  All funding, apart from that supplied by DND, is raised through fundraisers, donations, and tagging.  Tagging makes up for half of the Squadron’s annual budget.  It is imperative that our annual tagging weekend is supported by all Squadron members to ensure its success.

Once again, this year’s tagging weekend is being organized by 2Lt Wendy McGinley and will be taking place on Friday, May 1, 2015, Saturday, May 2, 2015, and Sunday, May 3, 2015.  I would like to congratulate 2Lt McGinley for successfully securing all four tagging locations again this year.  Most are not aware, but a lot of effort goes in to securing these locations including paperwork, liability insurance forms, many telephone calls, and even visits to the locations.  In most cases confirmation of the tagging dates was only received on 22 Apr 15.

Please be advised that for many reasons this year’s tagging weekend will only be taking place in Pembroke at Walmart, Canadian Tire, the Pembroke Mall, and the LCBO.

I ask for everyone’s cooperation in making this year’s tagging weekend a success.  Please provide 2Lt McGinley with the support she needs to fill all the tagging shifts.  All cadets are expected to participate in the minimum of one shift over the course of the weekend, but cadets are encouraged to sign up for multiple shifts if possible.

As per our Squadron Handbook (page 8) in order to participate in the year end trip cadets must:

·         sell at least one book of lottery tickets or pay an additional $50.00 on top of the cost of the trip;
·         participate in each tagging weekend (at least one shift per weekend) or pay an additional $100.00 on top of the cost of trip; and
·         participate in the Annual Ceremonial Review.

Cadets are to be dropped off at Walmart 10 minutes prior to the start of their tagging shift and picked up at Walmart at the end of their shift. All supervisors will meet with cadets at Walmart and then proceed to their designated tag location with their cadets; supervisors will escort cadets back to Walmart at the end of their tagging shift for parental pick-up.

All cadets are to eat a meal prior to tagging as there will be no time provided for meal breaks. Cadets may bring peanut free snacks and are encouraged to bring a filled water bottle with them for the duration of their tagging shift.

Dress for tagging is C-2 – i.e Tunic, Tie, Dress Shirt etc... Cadets are reminded that you are representing 638 Squadron and the Canadian Cadet Movement. Please ensure your dress, deportment, and behaviour is top notch.  Cadets without a uniform are encouraged to participate in tagging wearing their red Squadron tshirt or appropriate civilian attire.

Any questions or concerns regarding the tagging schedule can be addressed to 2Lt Wendy McGinley via email
wmcg@sympatico.ca or by telephone at 819-683-5575 (home) or 343-369-5575 (cell).

As a charitable organization we seek support from businesses, individuals, and community groups.  If you know of someone who would like to support 638 Squadron financially please let us know.  We have sponsorship packages that can be presented.  All donations to 638 Squadron are eligible for a charitable receipt.

All other questions can be addressed to the undersigned.

D.G. (Dan) Duchene                                                                      
Commanding Officer

24 April 2015

Wednesday April 22/15
1. Drill team will meet Monday from 1800 - 2100 hrs. There will be an extra practice on Thursday April 30th for the rifle team only.
2. If you are wanting to get a name tag, please go to supply next Wednesday night so that your name can be recorded. The cost for each one is $2 if you have received one before.
3. The squadron is holding a new fundraiser. Order forms went out on Wednesday for the Krispy Kreme Donut Campaign. Please see Mrs Hodder if you need to return or receive an order form. You have until May 6th.
4. Next Wednesday will be CO's Parade starting at 2030 hrs. The DCO of 2CER will be the reviewing officer. Parents are welcome to attend.
5. Tagging will take place on the weekend of May 1-3 2015.

22 April 2015

Unfortunately, we have been informed by the North Bay Cadet Flying Site that our gliding weekend this weekend (24-26 Apr 15) has been cancelled.  Due to the weather the staff of the site have not been able to take delivery of the aircraft from Trenton.  There is a slight possibility that we may be able to get some of our cadets gliding later this Spring if they can spilt another Squadron's weekend.

10 April 2015

Calendar of Events
April 12/15 - Archery
April 15/15 - ACO/ACA Visit
April 19/15 - Archery
April 24-26/15 - Spring Gliding Weekend
April 29/15 - CO's Parade
May 1-3/15 - Tagging Weekend
May 1-3/15 - Provincial Orienteering Competition
May 6/15 - Sport's Night
May 8-10/15 - Drill Competition
May 20/15 - CO's Parade
May 22-24/15 - Spring FTX
May 30/15 - Annual Ceremonial Review
June 3/15 - Sport's Night
June 5-7/15 - Year End Trip
June 10/15 - Cadet/ Parent Dinner
June 12-14/15 - Final Challenge
June 17/15 - Summer Training Briefing

05 April 2015

Wednesday April 1/15
1. Drill team will be cancelled this week for Easter Monday.
2. Any level 5's who have not turned in your level books, need to do so to Warrant Officer Sadler.
3. Once again the Cadet's will have a chance to participate in Archery in Petawawa. The dates for this will be Sunday April 12th and 19th from 0900 - 1300 hrs. There will be a sign up sheet on Wednesday.
4. The spring gliding weekend will be the weekend of April 22-24