In addition to Mandatory Training on Wednesday nights, cadets are also required to complete the following mandatory activities outside Wednesday nights.
Field Training Exercises (FTX) are a part of the mandatory training. They are held on selected weekends, and varies in regards to what content is delivered. The nature and complexity of the exercises also varies depending on the cadet training level to which they are targeted. These are always fun events that are thoroughly enjoyed by all the cadets. Cadets can check the Calendar of Events to see details of upcoming exercises.
Gliding or Familiarization Flying (Fam Flying) is another part of the cadet’s mandatory training. Familiarization flying in gliders and powered aircraft takes place on select weekends at either Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, or Langley airports. These flying opportunities are open to all Cadets.
Glider flights take place in two seat gliders owned by the BC Air Cadet League and operated by the military. Interested Cadets should check the Calendar of Events to determine when there are opportunities to go flying. At times, Fam Flying is also offer in addition to Gliding.
During the training year, each level will be required to attend their Level Workshop to further develop the skills they learn during classes, and to promote camaraderie among their peers and within the squadron. Dates will be announced in advance so cadets and parents can plan accordingly.
Tag Days are a special fundraising event that occurs twice each year. While fundraising is not usually embraced enthusiastically, it is the money raised by these events that makes special trips and events possible for Cadets. Every Cadet is expected to participate in these fundraisers as they will benefit directly from them. Parents are encouraged to participate at fundraisers and can be of immense assistance.
The following activities are not part of the mandatory curriculum, but are recommended to further develop skills among the cadets within our squadron.
An important part of the Cadet Program is develop better citizenship of the cadets. As most of our program is supported directly and indirectly by our community, it is important that cadets understand and foster this relationship. Cadets are highly encouraged to participate in these events, such as Remembrance Day Parade, Shoreline Clean up, Battle of Britain Parade, etc.
Throughout the training year, we offer multiple opportunities for cadets to participate in sports related activities as a way of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Activities that we conduct may include Ski and Snowboarding, Vancouver Sun Run, and Bubble Soccer just to name a few. Confirmed activities will be announced during the training year in advance.
Depending on the interest of our cadets, we also send sports teams to compete with other squadrons in the Lower Mainland. Typically, these intersquadron sports competition are hosted by other units, and may include basketball, volleyball,. dodgeball, and ultimate frisbee. As the opportunities arise, we will announce their availability.
Every year, 754 Phoenix organizes many academic related activities that are opened to all cadets within the squadron. Historically, we have organized a Science World Trip, attended the Britannia Mines, participated in an airport tour, and many more. Please stay tuned for activities, and check our squadron calendar for future activities.
Occasionally, tours or trips are undertaken to places of interest. These can range in duration from a day or weekend, to special trips such as ones to the Northwest territories or to New Zealand. Note that there may be costs associated with these trips that are not covered by the Squadron.