FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER
The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (PL) 2347 Regimental Army Cadet Corps
200 James St. South Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1
31 August 2020
To our Cadets, Parents and Guardians
Since the Covid-19 pandemic caused us all to come to a standstill in mid-March, we have made significant efforts to ensure that our youth will always come first. Measures were quickly employed to ensure their safety, security, and so they would not be penalised for what was outside their control.
Moving forward, our training this year will consist of a mixture of virtual and in-person activities with the focus on fun and engaging activities to help keep the cadets be engaged as well as pique interest and retention. Staff have been busy investing in our resources and training, ensuring that all activities will be accessible for everyone. Below is what you can expect from us in the near future.
Annual Validations, we will be contacting all cadets and their families to ensure we have the most up to date information. We will also be inquiring on the best contact information as well as if the Cadet has access to technology;
September will be a virtual training month. Star Level Instructors will contact Cadets of each level to ensure that all have the material they need. With the information we gain from the Annual Validations we will ensure no one is left out;
Uniforms, Music and Optional Activities are being planned. We will notify everyone once finalised; and
Our Commanding Officer’s parade usually the last Wednesday of the month will be rescheduled as a town hall where we can update everyone on where we are at as well as answer all questions. Also, since we were unable to conduct our Annual Cadet Review (ACR), we will be announcing Award winners, promotions and appointments at that time.
We are working diligently to ensure that the Cadet Corps remains relevant and strong. As Ontario reduces restrictions, we look forward to resuming a new normal and seeing you all again soon with a target date of 1 October 2020. Attached please find a letter as well as highlights for the upcoming training year by the Commander of the Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group (CJCR) BGen Cochrane which outlines how we will be moving forward.
Captain Rodrick Brown
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (PL) 2347 Regimental Army Cadet Corps
Below: Letter and Highlights for 2020-2021 Training Year
1350-0 (Sr PAO Natl CJCR Sp Gp) August 2020
To Cadets, Parents and Guardians,
The safety and security of all who participate in the Cadet Program is always one of our top priorities. It is assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic could last 18 months or longer. This virus will likely return in multiple waves and continue to pose a threat to the Canadian Public. A return to normalcy is not forecasted any time soon, and we need to prepare for a new normal.
Therefore, that is why, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group has made the decision to delay the start-up of limited in-person cadet activities until at least 1 October, 2020. This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. It ensures that we have proper measures in place for the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and JCR programs do not become a vector to spread the COVID-19 virus.
In the month of September, you can expect that we will reach out to you with information about the fall. We are expecting virtual activities to resume in September until such time that limited in-person training can be authorized. For your information, we have enclosed some key highlights with information for 2020-2021 training year.
Although the fall of 2020 will not roll out the same way it has in years before, we remain committed to ensuring that the Cadet Program continues to provide unique experiences for youth within our community. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to me.
Enclosed: Highlights for 2020-2021 Training Year
Key Highlights for 2020-2021 Training Year
1. Update for in-person activities
No in-person training/events/activities are to commence prior to 1 Oct 20. Virtual engagement may commence on 1 Sep 20 while preparations for in-person gatherings are underway.
Facility and event checklists will need to be filled out by corps/squadron COs for approval by the Chain of command prior to allowing limited in-person activities for parade nights and subsequent activities.
Virtual CTC completed Friday 14 Aug 2020 We will be gathering lessons learned to apply to the upcoming cadet year.
a. 1-30 Sep preparations may include staff meetings at the parade location (adults only) provided Public Health Measures (PHM) are adhered to.
a. No in-person fundraising activities involving cadets and adult staff are authorized until further notice.
4. When training resumes
Cadets and adult staff (CAF, CIs and volunteers) must inform their chain of command if they have been tested for COVID-19 and also the results.
When the time comes for in person activities, non-medical masks (NMMs) will be provided by the CAF to all cadets and staff; however, in the interim, cadets and staff may use personally procured NMMs if they have them.
Wearing of non-medical masks during in-person activities will be dependent on the local situation (e.g., school board direction, Provincial / Municipal regulations), ensuring 2m physical distancing. Additional direction may follow prior to 1 Oct 2020.
If COVID awareness training is required for all occupants to enter a facility (i.e. an armoury), cadets will individually complete our online COVID training course and advise their corps/sqn staff of completion, prior to entering the facility.
Previous direction regarding international cadet training/events remains extant. Given the state of COVID and global projections, no international cadet training/events will occur prior to 1 Sep 21; this includes all Exchanges (i.e. ISCA, IACE, Maple Leaf, etc.).
Inter-provincial/territorial travel is limited to program participants who reside within one hour of a provincial/territorial border and must cross it in order to attend regular parade nights or other approved day only training activities. There will be no commercial air travel. Ground transport must be arranged and carried out in a manner that ensures 2 metre distancing between passengers, with appropriate cleaning protocol. Self-travel for any cadet activities is limited to within 1 hour of the parade location in order to maximize parental drop off / pick up of their child. Exception to the 1 hour limitation will be approved by the RCSU CO.
No overnight travel is authorized until further notice. This means, for example, day only field exercises and no recreational trips outside the 1-hour driving limitations.
We are planning for day camps during the spring break 2021 period across Canada. Looking at up to approximately 6,000 cadets getting the opportunity and parents dropping them off and picking them up. We are exploring the use of local armouries, facilities with the focus being on safe, fun and exciting activities for the cadets.
5. Subsequent updates
a. Subsequent direction will follow but not before 1 Nov 2020 in regards to CTCs for Summer 2021.