Air Cadet Summer Training Opportunities Pamphlet

An update pamphlet has been released for parents and cadets. A monochrome version will be released soon, the colour version is available at the link below:

Summer Training Centre Dates

The following courses and dates have been released to the Squadron. The dates provided do not necessarily include transportation days, and intake processing days and are provided to aid in summer planning.

Three Week Courses – Level 2 and Up.

Course Centre Start Date End Date
Military Band – Basic Musician Blackdown July 6 July 24
July 27 Aug 14
Pipe Band – Basic Musician Blackdown July 6 July 24
July 27 Aug 14
Basic Fitness and Sports Blackdown July 6 July 24
Basic Aviation Trenton July 27 Aug 14
Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Trenton July 27 Aug 14
Basic Survival Blackdown July 6 July 24
Basic Drill and Ceremonial Blackdown July 6 July 24

Six Week Courses – Level 3 and Up. Dates: July 6 to Aug 14

Course Centre
Survival Instructor Blackdown
Survival Instructor Bagotville
Fitness and Sports Instructor Blackdown
Fitness and Sports Instructor Valcartier
Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Connaught
Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Blackdown
Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Blackdown
Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Blackdown
Military Band – Intermediate Musician Blackdown
Military Band – Advanced Musician Blackdown

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 an introduction to 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.

Cadets are selected to attend summer training based on their attendance, behaviour, and other attributes that they had demonstrated throughout the cadet training year. You must have been a Cadet prior to March 31 in order to be considered and apply for summer training.

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!

Training Courses

General Training

The General Training Course provides cadets who have recently joined the Cadet Program an introductory summer training experience where they will participate in a variety of activities from each specialty, to include Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, Aviation, Aerodrome Operations, Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance, Aerospace, and Aircrew Survival. Cadets applying for this course should have successfully completed Proficiency Level One.

Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Air)

The Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Air) Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on drill learned at the squadron, participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities, and to develop leadership skills and knowledge; while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad on parade, drill with arms, flag drill, and marksmanship training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Basic Aviation

The Basic Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aviation. Activities include radio communication, a familiarization flight, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace

The Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Activities include aerospace, aerodrome operations, and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Basic Survival

The Basic Survival Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop aircrew survival skills. Activities include field training, navigation and ground search and rescue. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Basic Fitness and Sports

The Basic Fitness and Sports course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in fitness and sports activities, and to develop knowledge and skills on how to perform the duties of a Fitness and Sports Assistant. Activities include following a personal fitness routine, leading warm-up and cool-down sessions, assisting with the Cadet Fitness Assessment and assisting with recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Fitness and Sports Instructor

The Fitness and Sports Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a fitness and sports specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to perform the role of a Fitness and Sports Instructor and a team leader for fitness and sports activities conducted at the corps / squadron during regionally directed activities and/or as a staff cadet at a CSTC. Activities include personal fitness and healthy living, conducting the Cadet Fitness Assessment, and leading recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor

The Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop marksmanship skills and knowledge, and to instruct and lead air rifle marksmanship activities. Activities include first aid, advanced marksmanship, instructional techniques and coaching. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Leadership and Ceremonial

The Leadership and Ceremonial Instructor course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become an instructor and team leader during drill and ceremonial activities. Activities include advanced drill, instructional techniques and leadership. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Advanced Aviation

The Advanced Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aviation activities within the Air Cadet Program. Activities include instructional technique, radio communication, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Survival Instructor

The Survival Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aircrew survival activities within the Air Cadet Program. Activities include instructional technique, first aid, survival and field training, and ground navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Music Courses

Military Band – Basic Musician

The Military Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Military Band – Intermediate Musician

The Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three

Military Band – Advanced Musician Course

The Military Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and military band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps’ music programs. Activities include music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Four.

Pipe Band – Basic Musician

The Pipe Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two.

Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician

The Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Two, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Pipe Band – Advanced Musician

The Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps’ music programs. Activities include highland dance, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Three, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Four.

Advanced Specialty Courses

Advanced Aerospace

The Advanced Aerospace Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aerospace activities within the Air Cadet Program. Activities include instructional technique, first aid, astronomy, orbital mechanics, and model rocketry. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance

Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance is a six-week course that provides Cadets the opportunity to learn aircraft maintenance skills through a set of practical, hands-on training activities, such as installing and removing rivets used in aircraft metal structures, performing a landing gear retraction test on a fixed wing aircraft, assembling an input driveshaft from a turbine powered helicopter.  Cadets applying for the Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance course must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations

Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations is a six-week course that introduces Cadets to the various components of operating an airport.  Cadets will learn about airside operations, meteorology, navigation, air traffic services, ground services, and safety.  They will also examine some of the history and advancements in the aviation industry and explore employment opportunities.  Cadets applying for the Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance course must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

Glider Pilot Scholarship

The Glider Pilot Scholarship is a six or seven-week training program that results in successful candidates graduating with their Transport Canada Glider Pilot Licence.  Cadets applying for the Glider Pilot Scholarship must be 16 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken, must successfully complete Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year, must achieve a mark of at least 50% on the Canadian Armed Forces qualifying exam, must have completed Grade 9 or equivalent (Secondary 3 in Quebec and Senior 1 in Manitoba) by the nomination deadline, must obtain a valid Category 3 Medical Certificate from Transport Canada, and must meet the minimum and maximum height and weight limitations.  The physical limitations for height and weight are: minimum height of 152.4cm and a maximum height of 190.5cm, and a minimum weight of 40.82Kg and a maximum weight of 90.72Kg.

Power Pilot Scholarship

The Power Pilot Scholarship is a seven-week training program that results in successful candidates graduating with their Transport Canada Power Pilot Licence.  Cadets applying for the Power Pilot Scholarship must be 17 years old by September 1st of the year the course is taken, must successfully complete Proficiency Level Four by the end of the training year, must achieve a mark of at least 50% on the Canadian Armed Forces qualifying exam, must have completed Grade 10 or equivalent (Secondary 4 in Quebec and Senior 2 in Manitoba) by the nomination deadline, must obtain a valid Category 3 Medical Certificate from Transport Canada, and must meet the maximum weight limitations. The maximum weight for a student pilot is 111.13Kg (245lbs).

International Exchanges

Where in the world would you like to have dinner?

As part of the Air Cadet Program there are numerous opportunities to be involved in a variety of summer training programs and some are even conducted outside of Cadet Summer Training Centres.

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) jointly sponsor an International Cadet Exchange Program with Air Cadet Organizations around the world. As such, Canada is a member country of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Association.

Select senior cadets are chosen from air cadet squadrons across Canada to participate in International Exchanges and / or Cultural Visits.  The following is a list of countries that may partake in these training opportunities:

  • Australia,
  • Belgium,
  • France,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • Netherlands,
  • Philippines,
  • Singapore,
  • Turkey,
  • New Zealand,
  • United Kingdom; and
  • The United States of America.

Earning High School Co-op Credits for Cadet Summer Training

Cadets can earn high school co-op credits while attending cadet summer training. See High school Co-Op Education Cadet Program.