- Summer training is commonly referred to as “summer camp” by cadets. The 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada offer a variety of exciting and dynamic training courses. Some are located in unique settings such as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, north of 60° in Whitehorse, Yukon and the Pacific coast in Comox, British Columbia. Others offer specialized training. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, for example, offers the Advanced Aerospace course and the Centre of Excellence for Marksmanship in Ottawa, Ontario offers advanced training in marksmanship.
- Regardless of where a cadet goes for summer training, he or she is certain to have a fun and rewarding summer. Summer training offers, for some, an opportunity to travel internationally while for others it means meeting new people from across Canada while learning.
Selection for Summer Training
- There are 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTCs) located in various provinces and territories across Canada.
- Cadets are selected to attend summer training based on their attendance, behaviour, and other attributes that they had demonstrated throughout the cadet training year.
- If you are selected to participate in summer training, you will have the chance to travel to a training centre in your region. If you are selected for a specialized course or your region does not offer a particular program you may have the opportunity to travel to another training centre located even further from your home where you will meet other cadets from all over Canada.
- CSTCs offer more in-depth study and experience in the area in which you are selected to participate. Summer camp, as cadets fondly call it, are located on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Rocky Mountains and everywhere in between. Some summer training centres involve all three elements (Sea, Army and Air Cadets) learning and working together in one location. It is the chance to meet friends for life during an experience you will never forget!
- There are two types of summer courses, Regional and National. The main difference between these two types is more advanced courses at the National level (such as pilot scholarships and international exchanges), and a more competitive application process because cadets are competing nation-wide. National course application requires a written narrative from the cadet, a squadron Commanding Officer (CO) letter of recommendation, and a board interview (and written exams for pilot scholarships).
|Course Category||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5+|
|Drill and Ceremonial||General Training (GTC) – 2 weeks||Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course (BDCC) – 3 weeks||Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (DCIC) – 6 weeks|
|Aviation||Basic Aviation (BAC) – 3 weeks||Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) – 6 weeks|
|Advanced Aviation (AAC) – 3 weeks||Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS) – 7 weeks|
|Fitness and Sports||Basic Fitness and Sports (BFSC) – 3 weeks||Fitness and Sports Instructor (FSIC) – 6 weeks|
|Survival||Basic Survival (BSC) – 3 weeks||Survival Instructor (SIC) – 6 weeks|
|Military Band||Basic Musician (MB-BMC) – 3 weeks||Military Band — Intermediate Musician (MB-IMC) – 6 weeks|
|—||Military Band — Advanced Musician (MB-AMC) – 6 weeks|
|Pipe Band||Basic Musician (PB-BMC) – 3 weeks||Pipe Band — Intermediate Musician (PB-IMC) – 6 weeks|
|—||Pipe Band — Advanced Musician (PB-AMC) – 6 weeks|
|Aerospace||Basic Aviation Technology
and Aerospace (BATAC)
|Advanced Aerospace (AASC) – 6 weeks|
|Technology||Advanced Aviation Technology Courses – 6 weeks:
Airport Operations (AATC-AO)
Aircraft Maintenance (AATC-AM)
|Marksmanship||—||Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor (ARMIC) – 6 weeks|
|Exchanges and Trips||—||—||International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) – 3 weeks|
|Staff Cadet||—||Staff Cadet – 7 weeks or more|
- A prerequisite for the Power Pilot Scholarship is that cadets must be 17 years old before 1 September of the year of the course.
- A prerequisite for the Glider Pilot Scholarship is that cadets must be 16 years old before 1 September of the year of the course.
- A prerequisite for being a part of the International Air Cadet Exchange is that cadets must be 17 years old before 1 August of the year of the course.
- A prerequisite for being a Staff Cadet is that cadets must be 16 years old before 1 January of the year of the course.