585 Rideau Squadron cadets may apply to attend regional and national courses at various Cadet Summer Training Centre courses (CSTCs) and other facilities.

For specific course offerings and timings, see the Air Cadet Summer Training Opportunities Summer 2019 brochure.


Cadets attending Trenton 3 week courses will attend Serial B (29 Jul – 16 Aug) and the Trenton 2 week course (GTC) will attend Serial C (5 – 16 Aug). Cadets attending Blackdown 3 week courses will attend Serial A (8-26 Jul).  Deadline for the application form to be given to Administration is February 20, 2019.  Any form received after this date will be treated as a backfill applicant.


To be accepted to attend summer training, cadets are assessed on their own merit.

 

Courses

 

Courses by minimum proficiency level

Level One

  • General Training Course (GTC)

Level Two

  • Basic Drill & Ceremonial Course (BDCC)
  • Basic Fitness & Sports Course (BFSC)
  • Basic Survival Course (BSC)
  • Military Band – Basic Musician Course (MB-BMC)
  • Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course (BATAC)
  • Basic Aviation Course (BAC)

Level Three

  • Drill & Ceremonial Instructor Course (DCIC)
  • Fitness and Sports Instructor Course (FSIC)
  • Survival Instructor Course (SIC)
  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC)
  • Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course (MBIMC)
  • Military Band – Advanced Musician Course (MB-AMC)
  • Advanced Aviation Course (AAC)
  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course-Airport Operations (AATC-AO)—national course
  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course-Aircraft Maintenance (AATC-AM)—national course
  • Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)—national course
  • Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)—national course

Level Four

Level Five

 

Familiarization course

General Training Course (GTC)

This 2-week course is intended for cadets 12-14 years of age who have completed their first year of cadet training. It introduces the cadet to life at a Cadet Training Centre (CTC) with a focus on the opportunities available through air cadet summer training. Activities include a field exercise, team-building, air-rifle range, drill, building and flying paper gliders and rockets, airport operations, marshalling, tours, recreational sports, swimming, music training, general knowledge, and citizenship.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level One training by June 30.
Training Centre: Trenton, Ontario

 

Leadership courses

Basic Drill & Ceremonial Course (BDCC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of followership, teamwork, drill and leadership training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two of the Squadron program. This aim will be accomplished by the development of self-confidence, knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadet to a variety of followership, teamwork, drill and leadership opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue drill training at the Squadron and on the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Drill & Ceremonial Instructor Course (DCIC)

The aim of this 6-week course is to develop a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor for drill and ceremonial activities. The aim will be accomplished by further developing drill and ceremonial related specialist skills and knowledge that will allow them to perform the duties of a specialist instructor for ceremonial activities. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to a variety of drill and ceremonial opportunities, this course will prepare the cadets to assume a specialist parade position at the Squadron and CTCs.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centre: Trenton, Ontario

 

Fitness and sports courses

Basic Fitness & Sports Course (BFSC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of fitness and recreational sports training, building upon what has been experienced at the Squadron. This aim will be accomplished through the development of skills and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. The course will promote the development of ethical sports conduct, sportsmanship and teamwork. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to a variety of fitness and recreational sports opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue fitness and recreational sports training at the Squadron and on the Fitness & Sports Instructor course. The cadets will be provided with the basic theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to assist in the delivery of the Squadron fitness and recreational sports training program.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Fitness and Sports Instructor Course (FSIC)

The aim of this 6-week course is to develop a 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 squadron, during regionally directed activities, or Staff Cadet at a CTC. The aim of the course will be accomplished by providing dynamic and challenging training that includes ample opportunity for practical application. The cadets will learn theoretical and technical skills required to deliver the Squadron physical education and recreational training program as specialist instructors. This course will ensure that the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Squadron and as Staff Cadets at the CTCs.

Prerequisites: Must be medically fit, have completed Level Three training by June 30, and have achieved the overall fitness incentive level bronze as detailed IAW CATO 51-01 and CATO 14-18.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Survival courses

Basic Survival Course (BSC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of survival training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two of the Squadron program. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to the various aspects of a survival situation, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue survival training opportunities at the Squadron and on the Survival Instructor Course.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Survival Instructor Course (SIC)

The aim of this 6-week course is to develop 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. The aim will be accomplished by providing dynamic and challenging training that offers ample opportunity for practical application. The cadets will learn advanced theoretical and technical skills required to assist in the delivery of survival training at the Squadron. This course will ensure the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Squadron and as staff cadets.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Marksmanship course

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC)

The aim of this 6-week course is to develop individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon specialty skills while reinforcing and further developing the leadership and instructional techniques skills preparing the cadets to support these two specialty activities at the Squadron, during regionally directed activities, or Staff Cadet at a CTC. The cadet will be provided with the necessary theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to monitor and instruct other cadets during marksmanship training at the Squadron.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centre: Connaught (Kanata, Ontario)

 

Music courses

Military Band – Basic Musician Course (MB-BMC)

The aim of this course is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Squadron bands and related music activities. As well, they will experience some aspects of Air Cadet training to help them in their future course selections of the Air CTC program.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centre: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario)

 

Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course (MBIMC)

The aim of all Music Level courses is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. This training is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Squadron bands and related music activities. During this 6-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance and repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some instructional techniques relating to music.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, have achieved the Basic music proficiency level, and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centres: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario) and Trenton, Ontario

 

Military Band – Advanced Musician Course (MB-AMC)

The aim of all Music Level courses is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. During this 6-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance and repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some instructional techniques relating to music.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, have achieved the music proficiency Level 2, and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centres: Blackdown (Borden, Ontario) and Trenton, Ontario

 

Technology and aerospace courses

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course (BATAC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to further develop in cadets the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, and inspire them to pursue specialist training in some or all of the subject areas. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment and exposing the cadet to a variety of hands-on practical activities, this course will inspire a cadet to further pursue opportunities in the aerospace and aviation field at the Squadron and on future aerospace and aviation related CTC program courses.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centres: Trenton, Ontario; Gimli, Manitoba; and Bagotville, Quebec

 

Advanced Aviation Technology Courses

These 6-week national courses are designed to further develop instructional ability in technical skills as well as introduce background knowledge required in the aircraft maintenance and airport operations fields. The two distinct courses are described below.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centre: Canadore College (North Bay, Ontario)

 

Airport Operations (AATC-AO)—national course

The aim of the AATC-AO is to introduce cadets to programming specific to airport operations. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions. By establishing a dynamic learning environment and exposing the cadets to a variety of airport operations, they will be inspired to further pursue learning in this program area.

 

Aircraft Maintenance (AATC-AM)—national course

The aim of the AATC-AM is to introduce cadets to aircraft construction and maintenance. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions. By establishing a dynamic learning environment and exposing the cadets to a variety of aircraft construction and maintenance functions, they will be inspired to further pursue learning in this program area.

 

Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)—national course

The aim of this 6-week course is to develop 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. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills relevant to various aspects of aerospace science and technology, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application within the format of a simulated space mission project. Candidates should show interest and ability for mathematics and physics.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centre: St-Jean CFTC, Quebec

 

Pilot training courses (includes scholarships)

Basic Aviation Course (BAC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of aviation training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two at the Squadron. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue aviation training opportunities at the Squadron and on future aviation related cadet training courses.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Two training by June 30.
Training Centres: Trenton, Ontario and Bagotville, Quebec

 

Advanced Aviation Course (AAC)

The aim of this 3-week course is to develop 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. By establishing a dynamic learning environment, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue aviation training opportunities at the Squadron and on future aviation related cadet training courses.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit and have completed Level Three training by June 30.
Training Centres: Trenton, Ontario and Bagotville, Quebec

 

Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)—national course

This 6-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Glider Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings.

Video: The First Flight (Glider Pilot Scholarship)

Prerequisites: Must not hold any TC pilot licence. Must turn 16 by September 1, be physically fit, be certified medically fit (Category 3) by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, have completed Level Three training by June 30 and grade 9 by the application deadline, and must obtain a minimum passing score of 50% on the qualifying exam. Height and weight restrictions are made necessary by aviation regulation and safety procedures.
Training Centres: Mountainview CFTC, Debert CFTC, St-Jean CFTC, Gimli CFTC, and Comox CFTC

 

Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS)—national course

This 7-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Private Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Pilot Wings.

Prerequisites: Must be 17 by September 1, be physically fit, be certified medically fit (Category 3) by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, have completed Level Four training by June 30 and grade 10 by the application deadline, and must obtain a minimum passing score of 50% on the qualifying exam. Height and weight restrictions are made necessary by aviation regulation and safety procedures.
Training Centres: Various Flight Training Units across Ontario

 

International exchanges and trips

International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)—national course

The purpose of the IACE is three-fold: to promote friendship and goodwill among Air Cadets of the participating countries, to encourage participants to develop an interest in international affairs, and to reward those Air cadets who have rendered outstanding services to their Squadron over a period of years. The IACE is intended only for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction. Exchange cadets visit air bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, plus they experience private hospitality with families in their own homes. Host countries include: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Prerequisites: Must be min 17 by August 1, be medically and physically fit, have completed Level Five training by June 30, and be admissible as a visitor to the destination country.

 

Staff Cadet opportunities (advanced training)

Staff cadets are the non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Cadet Training Centres. A staff cadet can assist the officer staff with the instruction and supervision of cadets, or might be tasked in an administrative or logistical support role. Rank and pay for staff cadets depend upon the position; this is usually determined during a pre-course training and evaluation period.

Prerequisites: A staff cadet applicant must be at least 16 on January 1.

 

Applying for summer courses

Cadets apply by mid-December for national course training and early in the new year for regional courses using the summer course application form. See the Air Cadet Summer Training Opportunities Summer 2019 brochure. Cadet acceptance for all courses is typically confirmed by the end of April. It is vital that cadets follow the application instructions in detail and submit their applications on time.


Cadets attending Trenton 3 week courses will attend Serial B (29 Jul – 16 Aug) and the Trenton 2 week course (GTC) will attend Serial C (5 – 16 Aug). Cadets attending Blackdown 3 week courses will attend Serial A (8-26 Jul).  Deadline for the application form to be given to Administration is February 20, 2019.  Any form received after this date will be treated as a backfill applicant.


For national courses, there is significant competition for the limited spots available and there are several prerequisites as outlined in the National Courses Handbook for Cadets & Parents on the OPC website. See also National courses and air studies.

Due to aircraft size, the Glider and Power Pilot scholarship programs have height and weight restrictions:

Glider and Power Pilot scholarship candidates also require aviation medicals.

Any cadet who has applied, but not been selected for CSTC training, is placed on the standby list. If an opening becomes available, the Squadron contact officer will notify the cadet immediately.

 

Course joining instructions

Cadets must download the following documents appropriate to their designated CSTC. Cadets and their parents or guardians must be thoroughly familiar with the contents, especially the Kit List. If you have any questions, contact the Squadron summer courses training officer using the contact form at the end of this section.

Cadets and parents need to watch this website for the most up-to-date joining instructions and other course information.

Other CSTC joining instructions are not available at this time.

The following completed forms need to be turned in during intake at the CSTC:

  1. Accepted course Offer of Participation form (also required to get on the course transportation)
  2. Personal Articles Log
  3. OTC (Over the Counter)/Prescribed Medication Administration list
  4. Cadet Transportation Form
  5. Parental/Guardian Leave Authorization form (as applicable)
  6. Code of Conduct—Course  Cadets form

The individual Offer of Participation from is provided by the Squadron. All other form are contained in the annexes of the CSTC joining instructions.

Note: Any cadet on regular medication should not discontinue their medication during their summer training course.

Cadets are personally responsible the safety and security of all items brought to the CSTC. Cadets should bring at least two locks.

Contact the summer courses training officer by email:

 

 

Transportation

All cadets and parents will be notified of the travel timings within the week before the training course start. All cadets depart from Brockville the day before the course start date. The pick-up and drop-off point for regional camps is the KFC outlet parking lot in Brockville at Jefferson Drive and Stewart Boulevard (Highway 29), immediately north of Highway 401. Many parents choose to attend their cadet’s course graduation parade and take their cadet home from the CSTC.

 

Earning high school coop credits for cadet summer training

Cadets attending Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) schools can earn high school co-op credits while attending cadet summer training. See High school Co-Op Education Cadet Program.