Summer Training is an opportunity for cadets to travel, meet new friends, and learn new material that can advance their cadet career. Transportation, meals and uniforms are covered free of cost to the cadet and their families. While away at camp, cadets earn a weekly salary. Successful completion of a summer course, allows a cadet to move onto the next advancement of course for the following summer. Basic and Intermediate level courses are taught CPR and First Aid while at camp.

 

1st Year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities:

GENERAL TRAINING COURSE

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.

 

2nd Year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

BASIC DRILL AND CEREMONIAL COURSE

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 COURSE

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 COURSE

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 COURSE

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 COURSE

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.

MILITARY BAND – BASIC MUSICIAN COURSE

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 Phase Two / Red Star / Proficiency Level Two.

PIPE BAND – BASIC MUSICIAN COURSE

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.

 

3rd Year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

DRILL AND CEREMONIAL INSTRUCTOR COURSE

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 COURSE

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.

SURVIVOR INSTRUCTOR COURSE

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.

FITNESS AND SPORTS INSTRUCTOR COURSE

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 COURSE

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.

MILITARY BAND – INTERMEDIATE MUSICIAN COURSE

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.

PIPE BAND – INTERMEDIATE MUSICIAN COURSE

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.

 

 

4th Year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

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 – ADVANCED MUSICIAN COURSE

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.

STAFF CADET

Staff Cadets undergo advanced training which includes being mentored by adult leaders and senior staff cadets. Staff Cadets provide leadership, instruction and support to course Cadets at a Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC). Staff Cadets are not employees. Participation by the staff cadet during authorized CSTC summer training constitutes advanced training.

Examples of staff cadet assignments include recreational sports staff, division / platoon / flight staff, and administration staff. Staff cadets receive an advanced training allocation ranging from $71.00 to $95.00 per day depending on their rank. Cadets applying for staff may not be less than 16 years of age as of the first day of January of the year of advanced training.

INTERNATIONAL AIR CADET EXCHANGE (IACE)

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.

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