THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS
"Cadets is a program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18"
Cadets is a program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities.
Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They learn valuable life and work skills like teamwork, leadership, and citizenship. Cadets also reap the personal benefits of increased self-confidence and physical fitness, learning how to take initiative, and how to make decisions. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.
WO1 Mark Keir earns pilot wings during summer training 2014. Mark has since joined the Armed Forces and is attending RMC taking Political Science.
/ OUR ROOTS
The Ross Ferguson 242 squadron operates out of the Erin Legion in Erin Ontario.
The 242 Squadron is named in memory of a decorated local WWII veteran, Mr. Ross Ferguson.
He was born in Scotsguard, Saskatchewan in 1923 and made Erin Ontario his home. He enlisted in 1942 and was a navigator that completed two tours of duty in both Lancaster and Wellington Bombers. His career was distinguished by both a Distinguished Flying Cross, and then a bar to the DFC.
"Ausus sum tui optimus ...Dare to be your best"
/ OUR CREST
There are several symbolic images within our crest that represent influences, directions and goals of our squadron. The Lancaster bomber takes center stage on our crest as it is widely accepted as one of the primary aircraft responsible for the outcome of WWII. Also, as mentioned above Mr. Ross Ferguson was a navigator in the Lancaster with RCAF Squadron 405 therefore the Lancaster holds special significance to our squadron.
The four leaf clover is a symbol of our town, Erin which is of Irish heritage. Each leaf represents hope, faith, love, and luck. The background shading creates a water, cloud, and sky image.
The Latin Motto, “Ausus sum tui optimus” translates to “Dare to be your best”, reflecting the desire of the squadron to challenge the cadets not just to do their best, but to be their best.
These symbolic images come together to make a visual statement about who we are, where we are, and what we are. The 242 Ross Ferguson Air Cadet Squadron, located in Erin Ontario.