Cadets Flying High After BIG Fundrasing Success!

Fundraising within the Cadet program helps us give more to our cadets. One of our biggest fundraising activities is our annual 137 Run, where cadets in small groups run a collective 137km. As a reward for their hard work and dedication in helping out the corps raise funds, this year we added an additional level of reward. In addition to the Tim's Card and gift cards for St Laurent Shopping Mall: a one hour aerial tour of Ottawa, with one of 137s Officer staff, who also happens to be a pilot! All the cadet had to do is raise over a set amount and they would win the flight! This year, we had not one, but THREE cadets achieve over this amount!

Cadets Briere, Mercier, and Rhyne each achieved a personal best while fundraising for our 137 Run (which took place in May 2016), each raising over $500! As a reward they were taken flying by Lt Keller on Monday 13 June 2016 before the regular training night. 

Lt (or Captain for these purposes) Keller completing the pre-flight inspection on Cessna C172N C-GCOH at the Ottawa Flying Club, at the Ottawa International Airport. / Cdt's Mercier, Briere, and Rhyne pose for a picture before departure. 

Lt (or Captain for these purposes) Keller completing the pre-flight inspection on Cessna C172N C-GCOH at the Ottawa Flying Club, at the Ottawa International Airport. / Cdt's Mercier, Briere, and Rhyne pose for a picture before departure. 

On-Target June Magazine Now Available!

The Army Cadet League of Canada publishes On-Target magazine - a print and digital news letter - that contains information on the Army Cadet program, the League, and affiliates. It is a source of information for the Army Cadet program the country over, and contains articles written by Cadets, Officers, League members, and corps volunteers. To read the most current issue, "June 2016", please click here. Happy Reading!

Cadets Complete Army Cadet Fitness Testing

By Cadet Warrant Officer Karla Olivares

Rockliffe Park, ON - A sea of red shirts file into the gym of Ashbury College as the 137 Ashbury Royal Canadian Dragroon Army Cadets set up for an evening of fitness assessment. Our Dragoon Cadets are ready to find out where they have improved and where there's still room to grow.  To help the Dragoon Cadets measure their fitness level they participate in scheduled fitness assessments modified from the old Canadian Armed Forces Express Test.  As part of the test, the Cadets take part in a variety of exercises including: 20 metre shuttle run, push-ups, sit-ups, the reach and hold, and flexibility assessments.

As one of the aims of the cadet program is to promote physical fitness, we have these fitness testing days to help our cadets both make and reach physical fitness goals in a fun and safe environment. In addition to fitness assessments we hold Sports Days every third Saturday of the month to keep our cadets motivated and provide an opportunity for team building, fun, and exercise.  Fitness is also an important component required to attend advanced Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps training courses such as Advanced Cold Weather that takes place in the Arctic.

Stay tuned for our next adventure!

On-Target Fall/Winter 2015 Now Available

The Army Cadet League of Canada publishes On-Target magazine - a print and digital news letter - that contains information on the Army Cadet program, the League, and affiliates. It is a source of information for the Army Cadet program the country over, and contains articles written by Cadets, Officers, League members, and corps volunteers. To read the most current issue, "Fall/Winter 2015", please click here to visit the Army Cadet League of Canada news webpage! Happy reading!

Calling All Writers!

Do you like to write? Do you participate in a lot of of Corps activities (both mandatory and optional)? Do you want to be a part of the website team? Well the website team is looking for YOU! 

We're looking for at least two cadets to become part of our team to help keep Bokz News up-to-date with training news, special events, and future opportunities. In the past year, our cadets have had opportunities to assist with special events at the War Museum, French Embassy, Irish Embassy, Greek Embassy, Veteran's Ride, City of Ottawa Cleaning the Capital initiative, and many many many more!

Interested cadets should write a note to 2Lt Albers indicating their interest. Tell us a story of your experiences with our Corps (what you have done so far and are looking forward to doing in the future with us, what you like about being a cadet. In other words, write a letter that you would give to a friend to get them to join too!). Be sure to make it interesting, fun, and informative! It should be typed and be between half a page to a page in length! Be sure to include your name!  

Orienteering Team Earns Ticket to Provincials

On Saturday 17 October, the 137 Ashbury RCD RCACC Orienteering Team (males), led by C/MWO Robert Haddow, competed in the Regional Orienteering Competition near Kingston Ontario. 

Continuing with our very own "tradition" of placing, the team has done it again, placing 2nd overall! This awesome result - for which the entire Officer staff and Cadets offer their congratulations - has given the team the opportunity to represent 137 at the Provincial competition over the weekend of 31Oct-1Nov at CFB Borden, in Barrie Ontario! Congratulations to MWO Haddow, Sgt Strassner, and MCpl Clost. 

But not to let the males outdo their performance, WO Karla Olivares-Meza has qualified as well!

Good luck to all!

The Big 5

The Big 5 has many meanings. In psychology it has to do with personality. We can tell everything about a person from 5 simple words that seemingly don't fit together. It is the fundamental core of personality psychology and research, and it makes us who we are.

I also have another Big 5. A personal Big 5, if you will. I first learned them as a 14 year old Cadet at a military academy I attended during my early high-school days. These 5 traits have been drilled into my brain and have become core to who I am now, as an adult. Loyalty, Labour, Courage, Honour, Committment. When I first heard them, they were 5 random words placed in a circle around my Academy's crest on my shirt. But when I looked around, it was everywhere. On my shirt, sweater, shorts, anything that had the crest. It was engraved onto our capbadges (which, by the way, would blind you if you looked at in direct sunlight they were so polished!). By the end of my first week of basic training, those 5 simple words defined who I was becoming. They bonded the Recruits together, made us family - they made us brothers. Striving to uphold the values of the Academy as best we could, and then do it better. By week two, we had written a 7 page essay (1 page per word plus intro and conclusion), and the Big 5 were officially part of who we were. It has remained a part of me to this day, 13 years later. I still remember hearing my instructors telling us for the first time how critical it was that we remember them.

I'm not asking for an essay. I'm asking for 5 minutes of your time to consider what the Big 5 means to you. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, or write them down and bring them in. My hope is that the simple words change your life for the better, just as they had done for me.

Always remain loyal to what you believe. Always work hard at any task you do. Find something that scares you, and do it anyway. Take pride in what you do and who you are. Always see a task through to the very end, and give it your all.

Loyalty. Labour. Courage. Honour. Committment.

Procedures Upon Arrival at LHQ

Once Cadets arrive at the LHQ on any regularly scheduled training night (i.e., Monday's), the Cadet is go directly to the Parade Square to report their arrival to the Duty NCO. Once marked as present, the cadet may then wait for Opening Parade around the Parade Square. No Cadets should mingle in the office area, unless waiting for Supply Section or to speak with someone in HQ Section. Your cooperation is appreciated as we attempt to loosen the bottle neck of Cadets milling about the offices.

Homework Club

We are now offering Cadets who are struggling academically, or could just use some advice on projects and assignments, an area to work on school, separate from the rest of the Unit activities. Those cadets who take advantage of this program will have access to an Internet-connected laptop with full Microsoft Office programs. In the event the desk is being used by Officers for other purposes, don't worry! It's a laptop! You can bring it with you to the main hall area to do your work there. Officers will be available to assist you in your work (of course, each Officer has their strong/weak areas, so make sure you ask them what subjects they're best in!). This program is in its infancy and as such, some hiccups may arise. Please bare with us as we iron out the kinks. Remember, school comes first! We'd love to help you succeed! This program is now live, and Cadets may arrive one-hour early for training nights to take advantage of it (i.e., arrive at 1730hrs, Lt Keller will be there).

Survey Links

The links on various pages of the website are a new initiative to ease the flow of information coming into HQ Section. Some forms may be tweaked several times before they take their final forms. As such, we ask that certain forms be filled out in the traditional (paper) format as well. For attendance, filling out the form will suffice and you will be marked as excused - if you cannot access the form, you are required to call in. 

There is a very important form I'd like to draw to your attention: the Anonymous Feedback form in the Common Documents section. This is a new initiative that is being taken as a proactive measure to curb any potential issues that cadets or parents may find themselves dealing with. You have a safe form where you can voice your concerns anonymously if you do not feel comfortable discussing the matter with a superior (i.e., bullying) directly. The form has been created to give cadets a space to say what they need to without fear. While we will always encourage cadets to come to Officers to discuss problems they may face, for those that are nervous/shy this may be a great way to have their voice heard as well. There is the option to enter your personal information if you wish to receive a follow-up. However, the form has been secured so no information you enter can lead the recipient to you (i.e., cookies are disabled, IP loggers switched off, URL mirrors "broken" etc). We hope that this form does not need to be used! 

Thank you for your patience with this ever-changing digital world we now work in! As always, if you have any suggestions, please let us know (hey, maybe check out the new "Website Feedback" form!!)