211 Ottawa Kiwanis Air Cadet Squadron Wants You!
The 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Air Cadet Squadron is growing and we want you to be a part of it. Are you interested in sports? Teamwork? Exceptional activities with exceptional people? Are you interested in learning to fly or getting your pilots licence?
Air Cadets is one of the best kept secrets but we want to get the word out. If you want to belong to an amazing group that’s full of high achievers, future leaders, goal scorers and bright young minds, then Air Cadets is for you.
Once an Air Cadet, always an Air Cadet. Pictured here, Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield with Cdt Hartung at the Ottawa-Gatineau Airshow, Summer 2018
Join Us To Have Fun And Meet Amazing New Friends
What is joining Air Cadets all about? It’s all about:
- Having fun;
- Being with good friends and making new ones;
- Willing to engage in interesting and unique challenges;
- Learning valuable life skills (work and personal);
- Improving self-confidence;
- Developing a sense of responsibility;
- Being part of a program that is both welcoming and nurturing;
- Feeling included and have a sense of belonging;
- Learning to effectively work as a member of a team;
- Becoming a leader;
- And again, having fun.
Air Cadets Enjoy Success Even Later In Life
Find anyone who’s successful today that completed the Air Cadet Program and ask them:
“Did Air Cadets have anything to do with your current success?”
Resoundingly, their face will light up and they’ll say “Yes!” They’ll insist Air Cadets taught lessons that continue to guide them throughout life.
Some career paths of former Air Cadets include:
- Music / Entertainment Superstars
- Human Rights Activists
- Air Force Pilots
- Commercial Pilots
- Chief of Defence Staff
- Police Officers
- Lieutenant Governor
- Business Owners
…..The List Is Endless!
What does it cost?
Air Cadets is free of charge! However, as an air cadet, you’ll be expected to participate in occasional fundraising activities which directly affect the quality and types of extra-curricular activities that will be possible for you to enjoy. Cadets have enjoyed fully funded activities such as Laser Tag, Amusement Parks, White Water Rafting and a whole host of other interesting, fun and sometimes challenging activities.
Can I Get My Pilots Licence For Free?
Yes. Flying scholarships are awarded to the most deserving cadets. With a limited number of flying scholarships available every year, cadets who are interested in obtaining their pilots licence compete for flying scholarships. Cadets are scored on various criteria which includes, and is not limited to, their involvement and contribution to the Air Cadet program.
Are There Qualifications Needed To Join?
In order to join 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Air Cadets, you must meet the following Criteria:
- Have already had your 12th birthday, and not yet had your 19th birthday;
- Be a legal resident of Canada;
- Have the permission of your parent(s) or guardian(s);
- Provide proof of provincial health insurance coverage or equivalent;
- Normally be in good physical condition;
- Not belong to another corps or squadron; and,
- Be acceptable to the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Cadet Corps or Squadron.
Is There Any Advice I Should Consider Before Joining?
Yes. Come and try out the program as soon as you are of age. Some cadets have expressed they wish they would have heard about the program sooner so they could have been in the program longer and received more out of it. We recommend signing up and committing for a minimum of one year. Once cadets learn the basics about how things work in the corps, things start to become a lot of fun. Cadets take pride in the turning out of their uniforms and performance in the program. The vast majority of cadets who stay for a year see the benefits of the program, experience the fun and are exited to return in subsequent years.
I’m Interested In Joining, or Having My Child Join. What Do We Do Next?
Excellent! Come out to our regular training nights at Notre Dame High School located at 740 Broadview Avenue, Ottawa, ON. Cadets starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. If you arrive early and enter through the back of Notre Dame High School, you’ll notice cadets in uniform (except for sports nights or special occasions) and you’ll be able to follow them in to speak with a training officer.
In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with the content of this website and our Facebook page so you have a better understanding of the program and it’s activities. You can learn about What Air Cadets Do At Air Cadets on the home page. Cadets also have the opportunity to attend summer camp at a Canadian Forces Air Base in Bagotville Quebec. You can visit the Bagotville Facebook page to see all cadet branches (Sea, Air and Army Cadets) attending camp.
We truly wish for you to come out, ask questions and see this amazing program in action.