- Are you looking for some COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, to fulfil school, cadet, or Duke of Ed requirements? There are many organizations that are in need of some help and they have asked us! See Captain Martin for details.
- All parents welcome to the Parent Information Night on the 1st Wednesday of every month (also CO’s parade) @ 7 – 8 pm in the Wing Lounge/Classroom 1 - upstairs at 861 HQ.
For more information visit our Message Board.
DON’T FORGET . . . .
- Senior inspection starts @6pm every Wed night.
- Cadets, if you are going to be absent, please call in to 861 @ (604) 852-5755 with the following information :
4. Short reason why you are absent.
If you are late, please check in with the Administration Officer upon arrival.
- CO's parade, 1st Wednesday in every month.
- Cadets: Shine your boots, ensure your hair length/style is within the CATO’s and obtain any replacement uniform items from 2LT Lundstrom in Supply (Monday nights 6:30 -8:30pm)
- All cadets with 4 years of service in the Cadet program are eligible for the Air Cadet League Long Service medal. For each additional year, the new gold rosette can be applied. Applications for all of these are listed under ‘forms’ at the bottom of this page.
Lost & Found
- OVERFLOWING LOST AND FOUND!! - Please come into supply any Monday or Wednesday and check our lost and found . We have your books, camping equipment, clothing, etc
Recently the Abbotsford Lions Club needed help setting up for their charity Poker Tournament. And who did they call? Well, the 861 Silverfox Air Cadets of course!
This past Saturday a group of cadets headed up to the Ag-Rec building to set up tables and chairs for this event. It was especially appreciated by the organizer, Ron, as he was in an accident the past February and is still pretty sore and not able to lift much.
In return, the Lions Club donates back some of the proceeds from these events to our Squadron- which we REALLY appreciate!
Thank you Lions Club for your support and allowing us yet another opportunity to give back to our community.
Over the past few months we have been letting people know about the many different Spring Break Work Experience opportunities procured by the Air Cadet League in locations around the Province.
In March, our very own F/Sgt Cummings was one of 14 Cadets who was selected to attend this amazing opportunity.
The following articles were written for the Comox Totem (the base newsletter), describing the experience and we want to share it with you as well.
Cadets and their family/friends are invited to join us for the following concert.
Monday, February 29th at 8 p.m.
861 Silverfox Squadron
For more information on the Naden Band,
please visit their website at: www.nadenband.ca
For more information on the Royal Canadian Navy,
please visit their website at: www.navy.forces.gc.ca
Congratulations are in order for our Biathlon Team- taking top spot by bringing home the most medals out of all the Squadrons who competed in the Zone Competition held on January 16th in Whistler.
Cpl. Ethan Algra (junior boys)
AC Ariel Bussani (junior girls)
Sgt. Thomas Schratz (senior Boys) and
Cpl. Jinny Lee (senior girls)
FCpl Emmanuel Bussani (junior boys)
FCpl Sharon Park (senior girls) and
FSgt William Schratz (youth men)
In an unprecedented turn of events, 861 will be having a total of 9 Cadets moving on to the Provincial competition being held on Feb. 6 and 7 at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island (teammates Cpl. Caelen Pennington and AC William Tang will join the gold and silver medal winning biathletes).
Well done Cadets and a HUGE thank you to all our parents, coaches and helpers for your time and support!
We look forward to seeing all your hard work pay off at Provincials!
The Positive Youth Development and Program Outreach (PYDPO) is now available for all League members and volunteers to complete.
This is a new self-paced learning course, delivered by the Directorate of Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers, and is intended for ALL ADULTS working within the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs.
It’s intent is to strengthen support for youth and for the adult leaders to acquire an increased awareness of positive youth development, adolescent development and further tools on how to attract more youth and additional support for their Squadron.
To gain access to this learning package & find out more about it, visit:
After clicking on the link provided you will be required to enter a username and password:
It’s important to note that this learning tool does not require you to complete it all at once. You can complete a module at a time and access it as many times as required. Once completed, we strongly encourage you to provide your feedback by completing the survey that will be available to you upon completion.
The Photo Booth Pictures have been uploaded to our Flickr Account. Other pictures from the Christmas Party will be added soon!
Check them out here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsknQwCBt
The first Wednesday of every month is know as CO’s Parade. During this special evening, the Cadets are often treated to special guest speakers and/or presentations from various organizations in order to broaden their knowledge of opportunities available to them.
Last night we had the privilege of hearing a wonderful presentation from F/Sgt Gill about his International Exchange Trip to China from this past summer. The International Exchange Trip is one of the many Scholarship camps available to Cadets and the competition is fierce as there are a very limited number of spots available for each camp. Thankfully, the 861 Sponsoring Committee has a great program in place to help prepare the Cadets for their Board Interviews.
Thank you, F/Sgt Gill for giving us a small snapshot of the amazing experience that you were able to have.
After that, we had 135 Cadets preparing for the first CO’s Parade of the Training Year. It was great to see so many of our new Cadets in uniforms and to watch them in their first inspection and march past. A big thank you to the Sgts and F/Sgts who have stepped up into leadership roles of the different flights and are helping the new cadets find their way. Maj. Taylor was pleased!
And finally, congratulations to Sgt Hayer on obtaining his Bugler badge at the Immediate Band Summer Camp. This is the first time in a very long time that 861 has had a Bugler at the Squadron- so well done!
On Saturday afternoon over 50 cadets were privileged to participate in the Liberator KK-241 Memorial Cairn dedication at Thompson Park in Chilliwack, BC.
The Liberator KK-241 crashed 30 minutes after taking off from Abbotsford Airport on June 1, 1945 after failing to clear Mt. Welsh. The loss of the 11 airmen was the single biggest wartime loss of life and resulted in the largest search ever commenced in order to locate the downed plane. After more than 2 weeks of searching, the wreckage was discovered and due to the harsh terrain, recovery of the airmen was not possible and they were buried on the mountain.
Thinking that a more significant memorial should be placed in a more accessible place, cadets from 861 had hiked up the mountain and created a memorial cairn at Airplane Creek (the search command site during the original rescue efforts) in June 1983. Every year the cadets would hike up there to maintain the cairn that they had built. Unfortunately, bad weather one winter eroded the bank and changed the course of the river so much that despite their best efforts- the cairn could not be located.
Thankfully, the cairn was located face down in the creek about a mile away by the cadet from 147 Airwolf in Chilliwack, BC.
From there, Lt. Ron Shore and Legion members began plans for a permanent memorial that was readily accessible by all.
The moving ceremony included family and friends of the deceased airmen from the UK, Norway and New Zealand.
“Only the forgotten are truly dead.”
― Tess Gerritsen, The Sinner
May we never forget.