Welcome to 800 Black Forest Squadron!
Check the Calendar Page frequently to check for upcoming events.
800 is one of many local air cadet squadrons located across Canada, belonging to, and carrying out training for, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets (RCAirCS). The squadron's primary function is to provide training during the school year for its more than 200 cadets (one of the largest units in Canada). For more information on the unit's history and accomplishments, see the Heritage section.
Other cadet units in the City of Mississauga include 105 - 7th Toronto Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery (Army Cadets); 789 'Lt R Hampton Gray VC' Sqn (Air Cadets); 186 'RCSCC Haida' (Sea Cadets); and 845 'Avro Arrow' Sqn (Air Cadets).
See the unit locator at Cadets.ca to find a local unit near you!
What is the Cadet Program?
The Canadian Cadet Movement (CCM) is a Nation-wide Youth Program open to youth between the ages of 12 and 18, which is run in partnership between the civilian Air Cadet, Army Cadet, and Navy Leagues, and the Department of National Defence.
During the school year, cadets attend weekly training nights to engage in classes and activities regarding a variety of topics, as part of an annual course progression referred to as 'Levels'. Several types of weekend exercises are also required to round out this training experience. It is a multifaceted and dynamic program, requiring dedication and commitment as well as excellent time management skills in order to fully succeed.
The squadron also offers several extracurricular Teams, which offer an excellent environment in which to learn, build new skills and make new friends; all whilst enriching the cadets' commitment with the program and contributing to the unit as a whole.
In the summer, selected cadets have the opportunity to attend specialized courses at Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) located on Canadian Forces Bases across the country. These courses take either 2, 3, or 6 weeks depending on their seniority and specialization.
The Cadet program seeks to develop in youth the qualities of leadership and citizenship; to promote physical fitness; and to stimulate an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces; and to do so in a fun, safe, and professional environment.
To learn more about what we do, look here at Cadets.ca!
What the Cadet Program is NOT:
It is not uncommon for newcomers to have some misconceptions of the cadet program, and it is important to understand these before joining, to avoid confusion or disappointment:
How to Join:
The unit holds a recruiting drive in the autumn season, and sometimes holds a second drive in January. Each recruiting drive will consist of an Open-House, in which parents and prospective cadets may attend a briefing by the Commanding Officer or Training Officer, and submit any required paperwork and enrolment fees. Because of the nature of the cadets' training, it is understandably impractical to take on new recruits outside of these points in the year.
See the Administration tab for more information on the paperwork required to join cadets.
We look forward to working with you.
WALK IN THE FOREST!
The Squadron Parades on:
1830hrs to 2130hrs
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
3700 Trelawny Circle
(View Google Map)
Dress for Next Parade
on Health Cards, Electronic Devices, and Parking
800 Sqn - General