Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
Formed 24th September,1941
Welcome to the home of 11 Lethbridge Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
Regionally Directed Activities (RDA)
RDA Activities are an opportunity to practice the skills learned on weekly parade nights in a "hands on" manner, focusing their skills in and gaining experience from a large pool of instructors and fellow cadets from around the Local Area, Province, Region, or Nationally. Some RDA activities are competitions that are at the Zone, Provincial, or National level. RDA are open to 11 RCACS Cadets who have applied and been selected by the Regional Command. Please refer to the 11 RCACS unit calendar for further details.
The SurvivAir Competition is an annual survival competition held over 3 days and two nights with over 40 Air Cadet Squadrons from across Alberta. The competition showcases survival skills learned in the local Squadron training program and Survival Summer Training Courses.
We compete in two primary sports competitions in the year. 11 Lethbridge RCACS hosts an invitational volleyball tournament in Lethbridge in early fall. We invite other Air, Sea, and Army Cadet Units from the Southern Alberta region. We also compete in a Deep South Zone Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Sports Competition with other Air, Sea, and Army Cadet Units. The Competitive sports include basketball and volleyball. The 11 City of Edmonton Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron teams are trained and coached by senior cadets, under the mentorship of their officers. Senior cadets use their skills learned from the Fitness and Sports Instructor's Course, to train teams and meet the training proficiency requirements of the cadet's levels. Practice time generally occur on selected Monday evenings.
The marksmanship program has been specifically designed for youth and is based on Olympic-style competition. The focus is on teaching cadets the proper use and safe handling of firearms. Throughout the year, cadets participate in a series of competitions that culminate in the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship. Many former cadets have gone on to success in international events – including the Olympics.
Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing (winter Biathlon) or running (summer Biathlon) and marksmanship. It requires tremendous endurance and strength as well as skill and precision. A seemingly unlikely combination of events – one being an aerobic activity which requires strength, speed and stamina; the other being a passive activity which requires concentration and a steady hand - confronts the athlete with a very demanding challenge. The combination of power and endurance of cross-country skiing with the precision and calm of marksmanship makes this sport especially challenging, fun and rewarding. The aims of the Cadet Biathlon Program are to promote physical fitness, to act as a catalyst for a cadet fitness/sports program, to promote the safe handling of rifles and to stimulate and maintain an interest in Cadets. These are the formal aims, however, if you ask any Cadet, they will tell you that the true reasons are to have fun, to take part in an activity that they can be good at and excel at, to improve their skills, to exercise and get fit, as well as, to be with friends.
11 Lethbridge Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron competes in the Deep South Zone Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Drill Competition with other Air, Sea, and Army Cadet Corps / Squadrons. The 11 Lethbridge Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron teams are trained and coached by senior cadets, under the mentorship of their officers. Senior cadets use their skills learned from the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor's Course, to train teams and meet the training proficiency requirements of the cadet's levels. Practice time is met during the Saturday training sessions.
Music Level Testing
The Cadet program provides level testing for cadets on their instruments. Previous practice is required and music and instrument must be provided by the cadet. Cadets are evaluated on their aural skills, instrument knowledge, theory, 2 previously prepared pieces, scales and rhythm skills. All music and required components are provided by the cadet squadron. Cadets test in front of two adjudicators. Levels correspond with the Royal Conservatory of Music grades, but are not recognized by the RCM.
Music Concentration (MusiCon)
Cadets with music experience on military band and pipe band instruments are welcome to attend the Music Concentration weekend held at various locations around Alberta. Cadets learn military band drill, individual instrument instruction and music theory. A parade is organized at the end of the activity for cadets to demonstrate their skills.