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GUIDANCE FOR ENROLLING CADETS IN THE VIRTUAL CADET TRAINING CENTRE
Members of our cadet corps and squadrons,
As we move forward modernizing the current Cadet Program, staff from across the country have been formulating new ways to deliver engaging training for cadets and adult leaders in a virtual environment.
Exploring virtual training delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed the Cadet Program to move forward in new ways, taking advantage of technology. From virtual seminars to health and fitness challenges, cadets are encouraged to remain active and engaged as we move into the summer period.
This summer three Virtual Cadet Training Centres will help deliver exciting challenges and activities for cadets. Throughout the summer they will offer different opportunities for cadets to further develop both personal and cadet skills in a new, virtual setting.
Cadets will have the opportunities to participate in flexible, voluntary training opportunities either independently at their own pace or in facilitated sessions. This summer will be about engagement and flexibility while continue to focus on the cadet experience.
5-weeks of summer training activities
Cadets will be able to take five weeks of distance learning activities during the summer, for about two to three hours per week. The choice of the 22 activities is the same as those offered on the "Cadet Activities" portal on the Extranet and posted on the Cadet Learning / Apprentissage des cadets Facebook page, and detailed in the Virtual CTC course Schedule.
Registration for these activities will open on Monday, 29 June at 1100hrs EST and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. In order for cadets to register for these activities, Cadets will need to send an email to their Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) with the following information:
Cadets must send an email to the following address that corresponds to their Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU).
Cadets’ email must be send from their personal email address or an email that they can access. A parent email, that the cadet cannot access, should not be used.
Cadets will be contacted once they are loaded on an activity, and provided instructions on how to log in to the learning tools required to participate in the activity.
Additional Tools and Resources
Here are the new resources and tools available to take advantage of these new opportunities:
Extranet portal - Cadet Activities
You will find here a list of activities to suggest to your cadets grouped under several themes: healthy living, financial awareness, construction activities, citizenship, cyber & media awareness and Do-It-Yourself activities (DIY). These are all individual activities and are self-paced.
Extranet portal - Leading Activities
This portal is intended for staff cadets and offers leadership and teaching development activities.
Extranet Portal - CIC/COATS Activities
This portal is intended for COATS members and civilian instructors. Here you will find planning tools, activities and readings for continuing education. Members are invited to make suggestions for additions to this section.
Facebook Page - Cadet Learning / Cadet Learning
This Facebook page is designed to share the latest news on the activities available on extranet and maximize participation. On this page, surveys are also posted online to find out what cadets think about their favourite activities. This page is bilingual.
Throughout the summer, the page will follow cadet summer training as a CTC page would.
The National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group takes pride in delivering high-quality training and experiences where youth lead youth, and this summer is no different –staff cadets and adult leaders selected for summer training will continue to work at delivering unique and challenging online experiences for our Cadets, in a new virtual environment. These same staff will be responsible for facilitating and following up with cadets during their training.
We thank you, once again, for your patience, resilience and understanding in these unprecedented times.
THIS IS FOR STAFF & CADETS THAT HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED AND ORDERED A SQUADRON JACKET
For those who ordered please contact WO2 Joseph at to organize your delivery.
Congratulations Dukes on making the cover photo of this month's issue of RCSU Central Messenger!
Congratulations to FCpl Braun for his completion of Challenge/Activity #8: Prepare for an Aircrew Survival Exercise - Part I. These were submitted on 14 May 20.
Cadets are encouraged to complete the previous challenges over the course of the summer.
I did this on the weekend with my Dad.
I laid out a few extra items that I might take myself if I was going on a backpacking trip, but wouldn't bring on an FTX (knife, camp stove, bearspray, flint & steel).
Here are my pictures for Level 2, Challenge 8.
I completed this one today with my Grandpa. We only used a knife, a hatchet, and matches (no rope).
We gathered the tinder and kindling and shavings from a squirrel nest first.
I peeled cedar saplings to use the bark for lashings of the frame.
Then I cut and sharpened the cedar trees for the stand.
I was able to tie the frame together with the cedar strips.
If I did this again I would definitely use pine or spruce boughs for making smoke instead of cedar because the cedar didn't smoke much.
I added spruce branches on and it smoked a lot more. This would make it more visible in the daytime.
I would make it at least 7-8' tall and make the platform out of thicker live chunks so they wouldn't burn through so fast.
I enjoyed doing this project today!