Information for Parents

As a Parent, you will always worry about your children. That is a simple fact of life. However, when your child becomes a member of 1268 (Haslemere) Squadron they become part of our Squadron family too. You can be safe in the knowledge that when in our care, your child’s safety is the most important factor for all members of staff. Not only will they be safe they will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities as well as making some life long friendships with their peers.

Being an Air Cadet is very special. Just ask any one of our Cadets or Adult Staff members and they will tell you all about their experiences. Most of our staff members are ex-Cadets who enjoyed their time so much, they wanted to give something back by volunteering for the organisation. That really says it all doesn’t it?

Most children in their early teens struggle with their overall confidence. We have seen this in many new Cadets and after a short space of time, with the help of our staff team we will be able to not only build their confidence but also their strengths and capabilities as an individual.

What we ask from you.

There is very little we ask of parents, apart from ensuring that your child arrives promptly on the usual parade evenings. From time to time, your child may be taking part in a weekend activity where they require to be taken to a location other than our Squadron HQ. This is quite rare but something to be aware of. Whilst your child will be issued (on loan) a blue uniform upon enrolment, we do not issue shoes. Shoes are a private purchase but we can advise you on where to purchase them from. Also, ‘Green’ uniform and boots are also to be purchased privately. Finally, as with all youth organisations, there is a subscription to pay however we do keep this as low as possible. We will advise you of the costs upon application.

If you have any questions at all about our Squadron and how your child might be able to benefit from becoming a member, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always free to speak to parents and will be happy to show you around the Squadron if you so wish.