111 Pegasus Squadron News
Registration for the 2019/2020 training year has now ended. Please visit the Join Us page under Squadron Info above for more details on how to join us in September 2020 for the 2020/2021 year.
Updated 27 March 2020 - Upcoming Training Cancelled
As of March 27, 2020 the Squadron is in stand-down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All Squadron activities between March 13, 2020 and at least April 30, 2020 have been cancelled.
Important Update Re: ACL Scholarships
Given the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic the deadline for submitting scholarship applications has been delayed until June 1, 2020. For several reasons related to the pandemic, the Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship is cancelling its Program for 2020. However there is also some good news - a new scholarship, the Legion National Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship for Air Cadets, valued at $2,500 is available to all applicants this year. For further information refer to the document from the ACL below.
Familiarization Flying and Gliding
Signups and dates for familiarization flying and gliding are now available on the familiarization flying and gliding pages under Cadet Information above.
Vancouver Sun Run Volunteers!
Update: Vancouver Sun Run 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of registrants, staff and volunteers is their top priority, and at this time, several health agencies in North America have recommended cancelling large gatherings. Details can be found through this link. Thank you for your interest in participating this year.
Name Tag Orders
We will be ordering name tags for cadets who want extra or replacement name tags. All first year cadets will automatically receive their first name tag at no charge so they are not required to complete this form unless they want to purchase an extra tag. NOTE: If you need a name tag you MUST use the order form below even if you have already told supply you want a name tag. Name tags are available in three styles:
If you want to submit an order please clock on the link below for the order form. You must pay for your name tag at canteen on a Monday night before we submit the order. We will collect payments on Monday March 2, 9 and 16.
Level 1 - 2 FTX
The level 1 and 2 cadets will be going on a Aircrew Survival Field Training Exercise in Chilliwack, BC on 28 February - 01 March, 2020. Attendance is mandatory as there will be classes and training conducted that weekend that are necessary to pass their levels.
Please visit our new Field Training Exercise (FTX) webpage to learn more and to sign up. Permission forms and kit list is also posted.
Deadline to return permission forms: Monday, February 24, 2020
Spring Tag Days - Parent Drivers
We need our screened parents to come and help us out with spring tag days. Please follow the link below to sign up for shifts you can help out with driving:
Spring Tag Days
All cadets are required to sign up for four Tagging Shifts during the training year. There are five shifts available during the Spring Tag Days from March 6-8. Available shifts this Spring are:
Friday March 6 - 4:30 - 9:00 pm
Saturday March 7 - 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday March 7 - 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday March 8 - 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
NEW SHIFT Sunday March 8 - 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (Must do full shift - counts as 2 shifts worked)
For scheduling and cadet safety reasons it is not possible to have cadets returned to HQ prior to the end of their scheduled tagging shift. Please ensure that you only sign up for shifts where you are able to attend the entire shift.
Snow Day @ Mt. Seymour
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
We still have spots left for this activity so make sure you sign up!
Transportation and lunches will be provided.
Cadets must arrive at Bessborough Armory by 09:00hrs
Bus leaves the armoury at 09:30hrs
Bus returns to the armoury by 16:30hr
Please dress for the weather, bring a full water bottle and snacks if you would like to.
Make sure you click the link at the confirmation page to get to the Mt Seymour Rental Waivers. All participants must fill this out.
Signup Link: https://forms.gle/bc27bNp55qn9FJCw8
Level 1 & 2 Tours
Saturday, 08 February 2020
Level 2 Cadets will be going to the Canadian Museum of Flight. Meet at the squadron no later than 08:50hrs for the bus. Dress of the day will be winter dress (C3s). Lunch will be provided.
Sunday, 09 February 2020
Level 1 Cadets will be going to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Cadets are to meet at the front entrance no later than 11:30hrs for attendance in appropriate civilian clothing. Lunch will be provided. Reminder to bring one empty 2-Litre pop bottle for the bottle rocket activity.
Attendance at these activities is mandatory, unless previously excused by Level Officer.
Summer Training 2020
Information regarding summer training 2020 is now updated on the Summer Training page of the site. It includes information such as specific course descriptions, application/selection information, timelines and more. The signup link is also on that page so make sure to take a look.
Deadline to submit wishlist: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 23:59hr
The Cadet Scholarship and Bursary Information page of the website has been updated with the information regarding Air Cadet League Scholarships for 2020. Please visit that page for all the details on applying for these scholarships.
The 111 Pegasus Squadron is pleased to once again offer the Effective Speaking Program. The Program allows cadets to learn both leadership and communication skills and improve on some essential skills such as reasoning, organization and presentation skills.
The program will start on Saturday January 11, 2020 an will run every Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm until February 15.
Please fill out the application form below and return it along with your deposit of $10 to canteen to ensure your space in this program. Your deposit will be returned if you attend a minimum of 4 of the 5 classes.
There are limits on the number of students we can accept into this program and applicants will be accepted based on first come first served basis.
New Cadet Registration Ongoing
The 111 Pegasus Squadron will be accepting new cadets until January 27, 2020.
Where: 2025 W11th Ave, Vancouver BC.
When: Any Monday night during the training year.
Please do not park/drop off within the military zone, instead please park/drop off by the elementary school adjacent to the squadron.
To join the cadet program, you must be:
Note With respect to the screening package. These forms are required for parents willing to be screened to support the squadron as volunteers. From time to time the Squadron requires parents to volunteer as drivers for various activities or to help with events during the training year. BCPC policy requires all volunteers to be screened to ensure the safety and security of our cadets. Please complete these forms if you are wiling to undergo screening to help us out during the year. If you have any questions about the screening process we will be happy to discuss them with you.
Please direct questions about registration to email@example.com or to the administration officer in person.
Please do not direct questions/concerns containing personal or private information through email. Please address these concerns with the administration officer in person.
Cadet Pick Up and Drop Off
We have sent emails to parents about this issue in the past. We have also posted a reminder on the Squadron website. Finally, we asked all cadets to speak to their parents about this important safety concern. None of these have worked and we still have parents dropping cadets off on 11th Ave. Therefore please note the following important information.
The drop-off and pick-up of cadets on 11th Ave in front of the Armoury creates a serious safety concern for cadets, parents and the general public and is strictly prohibited. It also results in access to 11th Ave which is a public road being illegally blocked by parents coming and going. Finally, it generates complaints from our neighbors.
Therefore, parents please note that under no circumstances are you to drop off or pick up your kids by driving your vehicle down 11th Ave. This applies to Monday night training as well as all other cadet activities including drill team, RDT, first aid, band, tag days, etc... This applies regardless of whether your cadet is an AC just starting out in the program or a Warrant Officer who has been with us for a long time or anything in between. Starting on Monday April 9 an officer from the Squadron will be outside the armoury before and after ALL cadet activities and will be taking note of all cadets who are either getting out of or into a car on 11th Ave. Cadets who are dropped off or picked up on 11th Ave will be subject to disciplinary action from the Squadron which may negatively impact their ability to participate in optional activities and eligibility for future promotions as well as eligibility for summer camps, national scholarship applications, year end awards, etc. The only exception to this rule will be for cadets whose parents are inside the armoury and who are legally parked either on the south side of 11th Ave or at the parking meters at the West end of 11th Ave.
Please pick up and drop off cadets on Maple St immediately to the east of the Armoury. Also note there is a significant amount of metered parking available on Arbutus St and if you are able to legally and safely park your vehicle there you may also drop off and pick up cadets on Arbutus St near 11th ave. Under no circumstance should a 111 Parent illegally block the flow of traffic on any of the streets surrounding the Armoury for cadet pick up or drop off.
Thank you for your cooperation with this critical safety measure.
Can't Make it to Mandatory Training?
If you do not send this information before the event, you will be marked absent rather than excused.
Parade Night Information:
Please note that every Monday night our closing parade is scheduled to be completed at approximately 9:30 PM. Cadets will generally be dismissed by 9:45 PM although cadets who are on the duty flight for the night may be slightly later. In no event should a cadet still remain in the Armoury after 10:00 PM.
Have a photo or video you think would look good in our photo library or on our YouTube page? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Parents Watching Parades
When watching our cadets during opening or closing parade please remember that the band playing O Canada and God Save the Queen along with the march on and off of the flags are significant acts of respect for our country and our monarch please remain silent during these portions of the parades. Thanks.
IMPORTANT - Pick Up/Drop Off and Parking
All parents dropping off or picking up cadets or stopping by to enjoy watching part of our parade please remember the following issues related to parking to ensure the safety and well-being of all cadets and parents.
Under no circumstances should any 111 Parent or Cadet park in the following illegal locations as you are subject to ticketing or towing by parking enforcement personnel and it puts the Squadron at risk of having our neighbours phone the authorities to have the rules enforced:
The area on 11th Ave gets very congested at the beginning and end of the each training night in order to ensure the safety of all of our cadets and their families please remember there are easy drop off/pick up points on Maple Street to the East of the Armoury or on Arbutus Street to the West of the Armoury. Please make the process faster and easier for all cadets and their families and help reduce the impact on our neighbours by using these locations.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Parent Information Booklet
For general information about the 111 Pegasus Squadron designed for parents please download the resource guide here.
Parent Information Night Sept 30/19
Parents can download the PowerPoint presentation that was supposed to be used at the Sept 30 Parent Information Night by clicking here.
Support the 111 Pegasus Squadron
While the activities of the 111 Pegasus Squadron are supported by the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada along with the 15th Field Regiment, Branch 176 (Billy Bishop/Kerrisdale) of the Royal Canadian Legion, ANAVETS Unit 26 and all of our other supporters, there are a number of costs the 111 Pegasus Squadron Sponsoring Committee is required to fund directly. We do fundraising activities each year through various channels; however, your help is always greatly appreciated. The 111 Pegasus Squadron Sponsoring Committee is a registered charity (Charity Registration: 119310035RR0001). Please consider donating to our activities either directly by contacting our Treasurer (or another member of the Executive Committee) or through PayPal by clicking below (please note: PayPal charges an administrative fee for online donations so where possible direct donations are always preferred).
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $10.
Prime Minister's Youth Council
An opportunity which cadets aged 16 and over might be interested in has been brought to our attention. Please note that this activity is not a direct cadet activity although it is being promoted to cadets through the Air Cadet League of Canada. Below is the relevant portions of the text of the e-mail from Acting D/Comd, National Cadet & Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group and a jpeg with an outline of some of the key information.