Our next Recruit Night is: Monday September 18, 2023 at 7:30pm. The presentation will be held at the Optimist Club of Newmarket (55 Forhan Ave, Newmarket).
Thank you for your interest in joining 94 Newmarket Optimist Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. Below you will find more information about the Air Cadet Program and How to become an Air Cadet at 94 Squadron. Please pre-register for your next recruit night using the link below.
In Air Cadets you learn to lead!make new friends!Gain new opportunities!Challenge yourself!Build team working skills!
Royal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. There is something for everyone – no matter what their personal interests may be. The outdoor enthusiast will appreciate learning survival skills for flight crew. The athlete will appreciate physical education and recreation, including a variety of sporting activities like biathlon and Olympic-style marksmanship. The artists will find their niche in the music program. The curious will appreciate the hands-on activities such as building model rockets. The scholarly will appreciate an introduction to the various tools and technologies linked to aviation. The dreamers will appreciate the evolution of technology and the advancements of the aerospace era, including the importance of Canadian participation.
Most importantly, Air Cadets aids in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy. The cadet program focuses on social development, decision-making and leadership. As cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they pass it along to younger cadets.
Every cadet will have the chance to participate in flight activities, and some top senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence. Whether earning a glider pilot licence or private pilot licence, these cadets wear their wings with a pride rarely found in today’s youth.
We aim toinspire future leaders!promote good citizenship!improve physical fitness!
Successful Air Cadets have graduated and moved on to take leadership roles in many fields of business and across society. Did you know that Chris Hadfield, heading up the space station, started as an Air Cadet? So, did Marc Garneau, first Canadian in outer space, and Maryse Carmichael, past Commanding Officer of the Snowbirds and the first woman in this role. The list of successful Canadians who began as Air Cadets is long and continues to fill up each year, from Canadian country singer George Canyon to former Prime Minister Joe Clark. Nearly all of them attribute much of their personal values and skills to their involvement as a young person in the Air Cadet program.
Today, there are more than 26,000 young Canadians participating in the Air Cadet program in Canada. Some are in year 1 and learning basics of flight, joining their first band or participating in a marksmanship competition. Others are in their final year and leading other Cadets as a Warrant Officer, can fly their own plane, and are being interviewed to participate in an International Exchange program in Australia. Our Air Cadets appreciate many of the experiences and skills they have been able to gain during their career. Especially true is the broad exposure to new challenges that each Cadet gets to face and experience, both as a member of a Squadron and as an individual Cadet. Learning new skills, becoming a leader of others, helping their community and gaining invaluable skills and discipline are some of the hallmark results that excite our Cadets and attract new youth every year.
Air Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces. While a close and unique relationship exists with our veterans and the men and women who currently serve our country, Air Cadets is a civilian youth program that provides young people with many skills and experiences. There is no expectation to join the military…that’s a personal, voluntary decision that each Canadian citizen makes, and some Air Cadets also make.
Local Training Program
At 94 Squadron, we meet every Wednesday night from 6:30-9:30PM at Newmarket High School. from September to June. Our training night consists of an opening parade, two 30 minute classes, a break, one 30 minute class and a closing parade. Air Cadet Training is divided into five proficiency levels, including on-the-job training for senior cadets in Level 5.
Summer training opportunities also exist for deserving cadets! Courses range on a variety of topics including aviation, drill & ceremonial, sports & fitness, marksmanship, survival and more!
Some of the courses offered to Air Cadets at the local level are:
- Aeronautical Facilities
- Effective Speaking
- Radio Communication
- Aircraft Identification
- General Cadet Knowledge
- Instructional Techniques
- Aircrew Survival & Navigation
- Physical Fitness
- Airframe Structure
- Principles of Flight
Frequently Asked Questions
94 Squadron runs two regular recruit courses, September and January, of every training year. Scroll down to the “pre-registration” section at the bottom of the page to learn more.
You are eligible to join a squadron if you reached your 12th birthday and not a day before. You can say in Cadets until your 19th birthday.
All potential cadets must be of good character, interested in the program and prepared to attend parades regularly. You must be Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant and in good health. Permission of your parent or guardian is also required.
We meet every Wednesday between September and June. You are expected to attend every Wednesday. Optional Training (as the name suggests) is optional and offer on Monday Nights. There is usually one weekend activity per month.
At 94 Squadron we have many optional teams and clubs. We have a Drill team, Pipes & Drums Band, Marksmanship Team, Flying Scholarship Program and Effective Speaking Team. All of these programs run on Monday Nights.
Generally our squadron goes gliding twice a year – fall and spring.
Not at all. Cadets is a civilian youth organization funded in part by the Department of National Defence, but Cadets are not part of the Canadian Armed Forces.
94 Squadron is funded at the national level by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. The civilian sponsor requires local community support to meet its obligations that include accommodations, training aids and equipment and program enhancements not otherwise provided. Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising as required by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee in whatever form or manner the Squadron Sponsoring Committee decides that fund raising may take. The annual requirements will be discussed at the recruit intake night.