561 Nelson Osprey Squadron

561’s 70th training year starts on 07 Sep 2022

Call 250-231-0710 for more information

To start your application – Click here

The Osprey Squadron Sponsoring Committee has a continuing fundraising project with Tru Earth to help raise money for the squadron and we can help protect the environment through the sale of eco-friendly products.


Tru Earth (https://www.tru.earth/), based in Vancouver, provides global consumers with eco-friendly products with the goal of reducing the environmental impact we have on our planet, one small change at a time.

We’re hoping you’ll participate and support the Nelson Air Cadets by sending the shareable URL link on social media to family and friends in Canada and the USA. By using this URL to place orders, they will be participating in our fundraising program throughout the year and 561 Squadron will receive a 20% commission on the sales. Some of the Tru Earth products available are eco-friendly zero waste laundry detergent strips, NZ wool dryer balls, metal straws, and bamboo make-up removal pads and all orders are shipped free to the supporter’s home.

Please check out the eco-friendly items that you can purchase via this URL link –


Thanks for your ongoing support of the Nelson Air Cadets!

Cadet Pamphlet

Cadet Poster

Since October 29, 1952, 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, has been serving the youth of Nelson, Salmo, Balfour, Crawford Bay, Slocan Valley, Nakusp and surrounding areas.  We are located in the West Kootenay area of South Eastern British Columbia.

Joining the Nelson Air Cadets you are saying YES! to fun activities & exciting challenges.

Truly unique to the Cadet Program is that it offers experiences you cannot get anywhere else! The Cadet Program stimulates an interest in the Sea, Army and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). To this end, we offer dynamic training in a supportive and efficient environment where change is a positive and essential element.

The mission of the Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic, community-based program.

The vision of the Cadet Program is a relevant, credible and proactive youth development organization, offering the program of choice for Canada’s youth, preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow through a set of fun, challenging, well-organized and safe activities.

We further commit to attain this vision by living shared Canadian and military values, paying particular attention to:

Loyalty, the expression of our collective dedication to the ideals of the Cadet Movement to all its members;

Professionalism, the accomplishment of all tasks with pride and diligence;

Mutual Respect, the treatment of others with dignity and equality; and

Integrity, the courage and commitment to exemplify trust, sincerity and honesty.