Interested in Joining Air Cadets? You are MORE than welcome to come join us on a Tuesday Evening! 848 Squadron, like most cadets units, will be stood down for the summer months (end of June - end of August.)
If you’re aged 12-18 and interested in joining Air Cadets, then come to 848 Squadron on Monday evenings! Come along with your parent or guardian and talk to us! We will be glad to talk with you about the cadet program in general and about air cadets in particular. You can also meet and chat with cadets and tour the facilities, perhaps even sit in on a class!
If you decide to join, we will provide you with some forms that will need to be completed. They are:
You will also need to bring: 1. Satisfactory Proof of Your Identity. Prospective cadets must present at least ONE of the following forms of identification. We will be making a copy of the identification for our files.
Birth Certificate (preferred)
Valid Canadian passport
Photo ID card issued by the Canadian government
BC ID card (available from BC Drivers’ Centre) Note: we recommend that all cadets obtain a BC ID to carry on all cadet activities
2. Your BC Care Card Number
3. Court documents, if applicable
Any access restrictions imposed on a parent or other person
Any restrictions, conditions and/or obligations imposed on the applicant (cadet)
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be to join Cadets? You can join as soon as you’ve reached your 12th birthday and you can remain the day before your 19th birthday.
NEW! When does 848 Squadron meet? We meet on Monday evenings from 6:15pm – 9pm during the School Year (September – June). These meetings are called "parade nights" or "training nights".
NEW! Where does 848 Squadron parade? We parade (or meet) on Monday evenings at Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (CPAC). Our extra-curricular activities have different locations and meeting days/times. Here is our weekly schedule (To Be Confirmed):
Mondays - Parade/Training Nights at CPAC (Mandatory Training)
Wednesdays - Ground School Training at TBD
Fridays - Weekend Training / Fundraising / Fun Activities
Saturdays Weekend Training / Fundraising / Fun Activities
Sundays - Marksmanship & Biathlon Practice
My son/daughter is not sure if they want to join cadets but I really want them to join. What do you advise? We always advise cadets to give it a try for the first year and if they do like it to continue with the program. You can learn military precision drill, make new friends and have fun adventures both in-class and out in the wilderness. Plus, only in Air Cadets do you get an opportunity to go on Cessna familiarization and Glider familiarization flights!
What makes 848 Squadron different from other Squadrons? We are not very different from other squadrons in Canada in terms of the main standardized training program we provide. However, 848 Royal Roads Squadron does make an additional effort to provide a comprehensive optional training program to all cadets. We work with local cadet units to ensure that our cadets receive the most amount of opportunities in Victoria. Some activities that you can participate in include:
Our Combined Military Band (learn to play music and march at the same time to a beautiful routine!)
Our Ground School Program (interested in earning your Pilot’s license in cadets? This program teaches you all the things you need to take the January exam for the scholarship programs)
Our First Aid Team (learn how to heal and take care of people)
Our Drill Team (learn to march in interesting formations in groups of 9 or 16)
Our Duke of Edinburgh Program (The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their country.
What happens to Cadets in the summer? During the summer, training at 848 Squadron is stood-down from mid-June to August. Regional & National Cadet Training Centres offer training to cadets who are interested and do well during the training year from September – June.
Want to know more about 848 Squadron? Here's a snapshot of some of the cadets from 848 Royal Roads Squadron!