There are many activities that cadets participate in at the Squadron, outside of the core program. Some of these are::
Advanced Engines Class
The Advanced Engines class offers cadets and their parents the opportunities to learn about the four-stroke internal combustion engine. The first half of the course is spent in a classroom setting where cadets are taught the theory and history behind the automotive engine. The next half of the course is spent in the workshop where participants rebuild a Ford V-8 engine starting from the engine block. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! The Advanced Engine Class runs from January to May, with weekly classes on Thursday evenings.
The Debate Team offers cadets the benefits of developing confidence, public speaking skills, leadership, citizenship, critical thinking skills, and parliamentary-styled debate. Split into teams of three, cadets debate with their peers over planned and impromptu resolutions (topics). As part of the team, cadets will get the chance to go to the Provincial Competition. Here they will be competing with squadrons from all over Ontario. 756 Has a long and proud history of placing in the top three. The Debate Team meets on Tuesday evenings weekly, from January to April.
The Effective Speaking team offers cadets the opportunity to increase their self-confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize and express ideas verbally. Cadets will write a planned speech based on official topics provided by the Air Cadet League, which will be presented at various competitions. There are Local, Regional, Provincial, and National competitions. Additionally, an impromptu topic will also be presented at the competitions. Rules, regulations, and topic selection can be found on the Air Cadet League of Canada website. The Effective Speaking Team meets weekly, from January to April on Tuesday evenings.
Duke of Ed Program
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is geared to youth between the ages of 14-25, and is a program that is meant to foster interest in a skill, volunteer or community service, physical recreation, and the spirit of adventure. The Duke of Ed is a separate program that is offered through the Squadron. An internationally recognized system helps to prepare the participants for their future and work. There are three levels of the award that can be worked for, with dozens of activities that can be participated in, many of which can be completed right here through the cadet program. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an excellent way to get involved in the community, with the added benefit of learning teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills. The Duke of Ed program runs year round, with cadets progressing at their own pace.
“Drill”, in the cadet program, is synchronized and efficient movement of a group of cadets. A commander or senior cadet calls the commands out-loud and the cadets respond in an organized manner. The Drill Team takes the skill of doing drill further with additional practice, cumulating in a competition that occurs in April. At this competition, the 756 Drill Team competes with other cadet units in the area through two different routines: the compulsory routine and the silent routine. The compulsory is the same for each squadron and acts as a benchmark for how well each team can do the same drill. The silent routine is a freestyle routine, one that the team develops in its practices. However, in the silent routine, no commands are called! It is up to you and your team to do it properly! Therefore, if you enjoy uniformity, working to perfection and being a part of a close-knit team, then drill is for you! The Drill Team practices weekly from October to May on Wednesday evenings.
Many new cadets hope to gain their private or commercial pilot's licence. The process can be very expensive and take a long time if done privately. The glider and power pilot scholarship programs offered by Air cadets, however, is free and can be completed within a summer. The ground school course is the first step in this process. Once a week cadets will be taught material important to their success in the field of aviation on the principles of flight and aviation. This is done using the Transport Canada standard “From the Ground Up”. Using the knowledge gained from the classroom, cadets will be given the opportunity to apply for the prestigious scholarships and gain their pilot licences. Cadets must be in high school to join ground school lessons due to the level of math skills required, 16 years of age to apply for the glider pilot scholarship, and 17 years of age to apply for the power pilot scholarship. The Ground School runs from September to January weekly, on Tuesday evenings
The 756 Wild Goose Squadron Band is a group of fun and dedicated individuals with a passion for music. You will learn and practice songs that are played at the squadron and for the public, at various parades throughout the year. Band members have varying skill levels, some who have been playing for years to some who only know a couple of notes. The Band plays traditional military songs and marches, but also play popular mainstream songs. Some favourites are Pirates of the Caribbean Theme, Star Wars Theme, Spiderman Theme, The Final Countdown, Get back, Come Sail Away, Don't Stop Believing and many more. The Squadron Band is also one of few cadet bands that can grant music qualifications outside of summer training (band camp). The Band practices weekly on Wednesdays from late September to May.
Marksmanship (Range) Team
Cadets interested in Marksmanship (precision shooting with air rifles) may consider trying out for the squadron Range Team. The Range Team is composed of cadets who have shown to have exceptional marksmanship skills during the range tryout, and during the practices throughout the year. Cadet marksmanship uses the Daisy 853 air rifle. Cadet marksmanship is conducted under the supervision of adult officers and a number of range-experienced senior cadets to ensure safety. Range team runs from September to late February, and practices are held on Sunday evenings weekly to prepare for the annual cadet marksmanship competition. At the competition, teams from all over compete against one another to achieve the highest scores possible and advance to the provincial, and then national level competitions.