62 Phantom Squadron

Royal Canadian Air Cadets                            Excellere Contende - Strive for Excellence

Your Role

Parents and/or Guardians

Parents and/or guardians play a pivotal role in an Air Cadet's career beginning with your consent for them to become a member of a Cadet Squadron. With the exception of regular weeknight training, Cadets must also have written permission to attend other training opportunities, including weekend training, public parades, fundraising, etc.

Parents can also do a lot to help their child(ren) become successful in the Air Cadet Program by showing an interest in their training and by supporting them during the year.

Some ways parents can support their Cadets include:

1. Support and encourage Cadets at home
  • Help them organize their after-school time, so they will have time for Cadets, schoolwork and other family commitments.
  • Remind them to look after their uniforms (washing, drying, ironing, polishing, sewing, etc.). However, it is important the Cadet do these things themselves.
  • Add all Cadet training activities on the family calendar. Most training events (with a few exceptions) are planned well in advance and advertise from the beginning of the training year.
  • Avoid activities that conflict with major events, such as Tagging and the Annual Review.
  • Transport them to activities.  Frequently, parents share this responsibility with each other to minimize the amount of driving.
  • Encourage your Cadet to participate in Squadron teams and activities. The more they put into the Squadron, the more they will get out of the program.
The success of each Cadet will mirror the support received from their peers, superiors, and most of all, from their parents and/or guardians.

2. Provide up-to-date information

It is important the Cadet unit staff is kept informed of any changes that may affect your child's personnel file such as medical concerns, emergency contact information, legal custody, address, and telephone number.

Although you have already provided the information on the enrolment form, you’re asked to review the information in case of changes.

You should also inform the Cadet unit staff of any situation or incident of concern, or if your child is quitting the program.

3. Keep informed 

62 Squadron has parent information meetings throughout the year and during the last 15 minutes of Parade Night.  We encourage you to attend.  This is also an opportunity for staff to provide valuable information and to address your questions.

Feel free to contact the
Commanding Officer or a member of the staff at any time throughout the year.

Keep in mind that the responsibility rests on your child to keep informed of the activities at this or any Cadet unit.  Every Cadet should have the telephone number of the office and their flight commander, who is a more senior Cadet.