On 10 May 2022, RCSCC Dundas had the honour of promoting two of our Petty Officer Cadet 1st Class Cadets to Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class and acknowledging another one of our senior cadets with the Navy League Medal of Excellence.
The Navy League Medal of Excellence is presented annually to the most proficient sea cadets within each Navy League division. The recipients must consistently set an outstanding personal example of dress and deportment, demonstrate high proficiency in cadet training and be active in community service activities. Out of the 60+ Sea Cadet Corps in Ontario, only 13 medals were presented this year. We are thrilled that CPOC2 Jani was one of those deserving cadets honoured.
Our Navy League Branch President, Mrs Harris, was on hand to present this medal and a commemorative certificate to CPOC2 Jani. We'd like to thank her, our branch and the Navy League of Ontario for all of their support of our program and their work in recognizing cadet excellence in the community.
The pandemic has put a damper on many of our cadet traditions but we, at RCSCC Dundas, are making the most of it. It's become a tradition to have the siblings of cadets earning promotion to assist in the ceremony by switching out the old ranks of their family member with their newly earned ranks. We had the honour of making this happen for two of our cadets this week: CPOC2 Neiterman and CPOC2 Yang were promoted to their new rank after successfully completing their Merit Review Boards at the end of last month.
At the end of last month, CPOC1 Frizzell was surprised with the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence. Nominated by her Commanding Officer, our local RCL Branch presents this award to a cadet who shows a high degree of participation and leadership in the area of citizenship and in meeting and enhancing the aims and objectives of the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Organization.
The presentation and wearing of this medal is authorized by the Chief of the Defence Staff and is based solely on there being a suitably worthy Cadet candidate within the Corps. It is not to be considered a mandatory yearly selection. This year we were thrilled to have CPOC1 Frizzell recognized!
We congratulate all our cadets for representing RCSCC Dundas so well and for their continued leadership at our corps. Bravo Zulu all!
“ I do solemnly promise on my honour to serve my corps loyally and to use every endeavour to become a good citizen, honouring my Queen, my country and my flag.”
Since our return to in-person training a few weeks ago, we've had new cadets join us every week. They love to learn, explore, and are curious about what challenges and adventures await them in the Sea Cadet program.
During their first few weeks in the program, the new recruits are welcomed by every cadet and officer at the corps. They start off by getting a glimpse of Tuesday night activities and have opportunities to ask questions. They even get an exclusive tour of the ship from our new recruits PO, POC1 Neiterman.
This week at the ship, we took some time to welcome and appreciate eight of our new cadets. They took an oath on the ship to “serve my corps loyally” and “become a good citizen.” So far, our new recruits have enjoyed their new experiences in their short time with us. They have taken part in a fitness assessment, helped us with our community cleanup initiative, and have received their very own Sea Cadet uniform.
As the night came to a close, the new recruits received certificate signifying their membership and oath to RCSCC 96 Dundas. We are very appreciative of our new recruits and hope that many more will join in the near future.
POC1 B. Neiterman
New Entry PO, RCSCC DUNDAS
The Cadets Participated in a fun games night this weekend.
They took part in a Boat-Building Battle in Minecraft where they were challenged to recreate the Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) HMCS Harry DeWolf. This was developed by CPOC2 Jani and POC1 SD, E for their PO503 Leadership Activity to demonstrate and practice their ability to plan and host events.
The teams had less than an hour to create their boats. They took their own routes to complete their boat and overcame time and space constraints in creative ways. While one team turned a misjudgment in positioning into a display of the inside of the boat, the other team decided they needed to fill their canvas with another vessel.
Both teams performed wonderfully and showed excellent teamwork!
Regulating Petty Officer
This week, cadets from RCSCC Dundas played a BIG game of Cadet Battleship!
Our Staff Cadets, as part of their PO503 leadership tasking, ran with one of Lt(N) Ellis' activity ideas and created a cadet version of the classic board game: Battleship! The cadets built the gameboard, developed the rules and game procedures and tonight executed the activity with the ship's company.
Following a Marine Radio Communication class with NCdt Harris, the Staff Cadets were able to get the ship's company to utilize their new skill to call the 'shots' in the game. BUT, before they were able to 'fire', they had to correctly answer a general cadet knowledge question. This was not only a great leadership exercise for the staff cadets, it was also a wonderful way to conduct a 'lesson confirmation' the entire ship's company could benefit from.
Bravo Zulu to the team who lead this activity: CPOC2 Zhang, POC1 Neiterman and POC1 Yu.
A special shout out to CI Pettiti (from RCSCC Lion) who was gracious enough to create those 3D Battleships for us.
We have another group of Staff Cadets running next week's training night as part of their leadership tasking. It will require gym clothes.... Stay Tuned!
RCSCC Dundas was happy to be back at the Range!
Approval to shoot was given just before March Break so Lt(N) Ellis wasted no time to schedule a couple of open practices on a first come, first serve basis. The results from those shoots, in combination of the marksmanship scores our cadets produced last fall were reviewed and a team of 5 cadets and one alternate was selected to represent DUNDAS for the Zone Postal Shoot next month.
These 6 cadets will be learning, in addition to safe handling practices, how to use approved equipment and fine tune their prone and standing shooting. Most of our ship's company have never shot a rifle and even more haven't tried shooting in the standing position. We have lots to learn as a group before we officially submit our competition results! We know they're up for the challenge!
Never fear, Dundas Cadets.... there will be more opportunities for the ship's company to shoot again soon. We'll see you on the range!
On Tuesday March 8, RCSCC Dundas returned to in-person training with GREAT excitement. It was great to be back at out ship and on parade again!
We welcomed 4 new cadets and took the opportunity to present Chief Frizzell, who was promoted to CPOC1 virtually last month, with her new ranks and the Gunner's Chain symbolizing her appointment to Coxswain of our corps.
With Covid 19 Protocols still in effect, and knowing that CPOC1 Frizzell's brother was one of our newly welcomed cadets, we offered him the honour of "promoting" his sister at the beginning of the night. OC Frizzell changed out her slip ons and then he presented her with the Gunner Chain by placing it over her head. It was a promotion we won't soon forget.
At the end of the evening, we also had the honour of promoting the following cadets:
POC1 Hong was on deck and came forward to receive his 4 year Service Medal. It's always a pleasure to thank our cadets by recognizing their years of service with a medal to wear on their uniform.
Bravo Zulu to all our cadets and WELCOME BACK!
Cadet corps from Southwestern Ontario recently took part in a friendly Build-a-Boat challenge hosted by Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) Dundas.
With this year starting off with a virtual training program, RCSCC Dundas wanted to host an engaging and fun activity to promote esprit de corps and involve as many cadets in the area that were interested in taking up the challenge: design and create a model boat using materials commonly found at home. We were thrilled that cadets from RCSCC Ajax (Guelph), RCSCC Courageous (London) and RCSCC Warspite (Kitchener) answered the call!
While building their prototypes using recycled materials, cadets learned about boats, their basic properties, buoyancy and propulsion. After showcasing their creations to their home corps, the best boat builders, as chosen from their corps, were asked to present their boats during the ultimate intercorps competition held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, on Zoom.
The inter-corps competition had the honour of inviting 3 special guests to judge the boats:
LCdr Black, XO, HMCS Prevost - London’s Naval Reserve
LCdr Dermott, the CO of Cadet Training Center (CTC) Trenton
Jennifer Bennett, Navy League of Canada - Ontario Division, President
Other guests, such as our South Western Ontario Area Officer Commanding (OC), LCdr Martin, also popped in to join the festive spirit of the meet-up.
The boats were judged based on 3 criteria: Buoyancy, Propulsion and Creativity. All cadets put on a spectacular show, so it was really difficult to rank the boats, but the results are as follows:
First Place: AC Weeks from RCSCC AJAX
With a whopping score of 29 out of 30, AC Weeks snatched up the first place position. His boat, named on the spot as “SS Insert Boat Name Here” was a huge hit with the judges and cadets alike.
The highlight of the boat was the advanced propulsion system. Through carefully wired circuits, the propeller could push the boat in all directions, even backwards! This boat could hold 20 nickels and was modeled after a commercial tanker. Congratulations AC Weeks!
Second Place: CPOC2 Jani from RCSCC Dundas
CPOC2 Jani’s boat sure put in a fight for that first place medal with its intricate sail system and fabulous presentation. As seen in the picture to the right, CPOC2 Jani’s boat, named “The St. Lawrence ll Short Ship”, has bright colourful sails, which is operated through a pulley system to catch the perfect amount of wind for propulsion.
Third Place: Tie between OC Vaugeois from RCSCC Dundas and the team, OC Rau and OC Miller, from RCSCC Warspite
OC Vaugeois’s boat was based off of the Skjold-class corvette, one of the fastest warships in the world. Taking a look at his boat, pictured right, the prototype looks practically identical to the original! Despite the boat being made of wood, making it the densest boat in the competition, it could float for more than 30 minutes and could hold more than 30 quarters! Additionally, the cannon turret turns!
Where OC Vaugeois had the best paint job, OC Rau and OC Miller’s boat had the largest and most majestic boat. Did you know that they even had to cut off part of the ship so that it could fit into the bathtub? This boat was based on HMCS Haida. It could hold lots of weight and had many details, including a tall mast, multiple cargo containers, and a helicopter launchpad!
Fourth Place: Tie between OC Mehta from RCSCC Warspite and OC Balaji from RCSCC Courageous.
Both of these cadets gave a spectacular live presentation—it was a real treat watching their boats in action.
OC Mehta’s boat, made out of popsicle sticks, was modeled after a luxury yacht. He showed great initiative and had attempted to include a propeller, though it didn’t make it to the final prototype. However, OC Mehta’s boat is the only one with an outrigger, which was a really smart choice—not only does it look cool, but it also helps stabilize the boat! During his live presentation, OC Mehta demonstrated the buoyancy and stability of his boat by adding coins onto it. The boat could hold so much weight that it stayed afloat, even when the whole deck was filled with coins! Bravo Zulu!
OC Balaji was originally going to back out of the competition, but demonstrated great courage when he decided to show his boat to us. OC Balaji’s boat was based on a waterboat, and his prototype’s had a really sound construction—straws were used for buoyancy and balance, a finish was applied to the hull of the boat, and there was cardboard purposefully added inside of the boat to soak up water in case it takes on some water. The picture I snapped really doesn’t give it justice!
All winners were mailed their well-deserved medals and finishing certificates. Additionally, all participants will have the honour of receiving a HMCS Haida Challenge Coin as a Bravo Zulu for their efforts, courtesy of the Friends of HMCS Haida! Bravo Zulu to them, but to everyone else too, including the judges and the audience. Everyone had great sportsmanship, cheering on everybody and creating an awesome, uplifting community.
RCSCC Dundas would like to thank all participating corps, judges from our supporting and sponsoring organizations, and area staff for making this such a successful event. It was wonderful to have so many sea cadets working and encouraging each other all in one place. Bravo Zulu to all, and we can’t wait for the next intercorps activity!
POC1 R. Yang