SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM

The Army Cadet Summer Training program provides cadets with an opportunity to travel, face new challenges, and develop skills that can advance their cadet career. Transportation, meals and uniforms are provided free of charge to Cadets. While away at camp, all cadets earn a weekly training bonus for their hard work. Successful completion of a summer course allows a cadet to move on to the next level of summer training for the following summer and can even contribute to their selection for higher ranks and positions within their home corps. Basic and Instruction level courses are taught CPR and First Aid.

1st year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

General Training Course:

This course is two weeks in duration and is open to first year cadets 12-13 years of age. It provides cadets who are new to the program with an introductory summer camp experience. Cadets participate in a wide variety of activities that will help them decide what specialty courses they may like to take in the future. Cadets on this course will experience new challenges and make new friends as they participate in rock climbing, abseiling, music training, marksmanship, Drill, Hiking, Camping, Canoeing, and much more.

2nd year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course:

This course is three weeks in duration and is open to second year cadets 13-14 years of age. It provides cadets who are interested in building on drill learned at the home corps with the opportunity to participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities. Cadets will also build on their leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad or platoon, drill with arms, flag drill, and participation in precision drill teams.

 

Basic Expedition Course:

This course is three weeks in duration and is open to second year cadets 13-14 years of age. It provides cadets who are interested in building on survival skills learned at the home corps with the opportunity to participate in advanced outdoor activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Abseiling, Hiking, Survival, Navigation, and Mountain Bike Riding. Cadets will also build on their leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a team leader.

 

Basic Marksmanship Course:

This course is three weeks in duration and is open to second year cadets 13-14 years of age. It provides cadets who  are interested in building on marksmanship skills learned at the home corps with the opportunity to participate in advanced range activities and shooting competitions while still enjoying optional training activities such as swimming and Mountain Bike Riding. Cadets will also build on their leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a team leader.

 

Basic Fitness and Sports Course:

This course is three weeks in duration and is open to second year cadets 13-14 years of age. It provides cadets who are interested in building on their overall physical fitness with the opportunity to participate in several sporting activities while still enjoying optional training activities such as swimming and Mountain Bike Riding. Cadets will also build on their leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a team leader.

 

Basic Musician Course:

This course is three weeks in duration and is open to second year cadets 13-14 years of age. It provides cadets who are interested in building on their musical talents with the opportunity to participate in a large military band while still enjoying optional training activities such as swimming and Mountain Bike Riding. Instruments are loaned to cadets during their course so that cadets may practice and work towards attaining music levels. Cadets will also build on their leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a team leader.

3rd year Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course:

This course is six weeks in duration and is open to third year cadets 14-15 years of age. It provides cadets with the opportunity to participate in advanced precision drill activities such as Pace Stick drill, Sword drill, drill with arms, and Feu de Joie. Cadets will also build on their instruction techniques and leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a cadet leader. Participating in this course provides a cadet with opportunities to attend advanced training courses and exchanges across the world.

 

Expedition Instructor Course:

This course is six weeks in duration and is open to third year cadets 14-15 years of age. It provides cadets who are interested in building on survival skills learned at the home corps with the opportunity to participate in advanced outdoor activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Abseiling, Hiking, Survival, Navigation, and Mountain Bike Riding. Cadets will participate in an 18-day hike as well as an overnight solo exercise in New Brunswick that will put their will and determination to the ultimate test! Cadets will also build on their instruction techniques and leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a cadet leader. Participation in this course opens at cadet to advanced training opportunities such as the Leadership and Challenge Course at Rocky Mountain Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Banff, Alberta.

 

Air Rifle Instructor Course:

This course is six weeks in duration and is open to third year cadets 14-15 years of age. It provides cadets with the opportunity to advance their marksmanship skills and participate in advanced marksmanship competitions. Cadets will also build on their instruction techniques and leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a cadet leader. Participation in this course opens a cadet to opportunities to participate in advanced training opportunities such as the National Rifle Team and Full Bore Courses at Connaught Summer Training Centre in Ontario.

 

Fitness and Sports Instructor Course:

This course is six weeks in duration and is open to third year cadets 14-15 years of age. It provides cadets with the opportunity to put their physical fitness and endurance to the test.  Cadets that participate in this course will be pushed to their limits as they participate in organized sporting activities. Cadets will also build on their instruction techniques and leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a cadet leader. Participation in this course opens a cadet to the opportunity to participate in advanced training opportunities such as the Basic Parachutist Course at Connaught Summer Training Centre in Ontario.

 

Military Band/ Pipe Band - Intermediate Musician Course:

This course is six weeks in duration and is open to third year cadets 14-15 years of age. It provides cadets with the opportunity to master their chosen instrument and improve their musical talents.  Cadets that participate in this course will be given the opportunity to compete in the Highland Games in New Brunswick, attend the Freedom of the City Parade in Maine, and may even be selected to participate at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Cadets will also build on their instruction techniques and leadership skills and knowledge while performing the role of a cadet leader.

4th year and above Cadet Summer Training Opportunities

Staff Cadet:

Staff Cadets undergo advanced instructional and leadership training and are mentored by adult leaders and senior staff cadets. Staff Cadets provide leadership, instruction and support to course Cadets at Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTC) across Canada. Staff Cadets are not employees. Participation as a staff cadet during authorized CSTC summer training is considered advanced training.

Examples of staff cadet appointments include recreational sports staff, platoon staff, and training support staff.  Staff cadets receive an advanced training bonus 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 on the first day of January of the year of their advanced training.

 

Leadership and Challenge Course:

The Leadership and Challenge Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop, through the use of unique advanced adventure training leadership and challenge development activities, as a self-aware outdoor leader with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to act as an activity leader at a Cadet Corps, Expedition Centre or Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC). Activities include wilderness first aid, outdoor leadership, and adventure activities such as biking, kayaking, horseback riding or mountaineering. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, have achieved a minimum of the Bronze Level of the Cadet Fitness Assessment Incentive Level, and have successfully completed Gold Star.

 

Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Course:

The Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become a Canadian Forces Basic Paratrooper. Cadets applying for this course must be certified by a CF medical officer as being physically and mentally fit, be 16 years if age by 1 July of the year of training and shall not have reached 19 years of age during the course. They must have no participation limitations which may preclude them from participating in intense level physical training activities in remote locations and in high altitudes, have achieved the minimum fitness requisite of 31 sit-ups and 7 chin-ups and a 1600 metre run in under 7:30 minutes, and have successfully completed Gold Star.

 

International Cadet Exchanges:

As part of the Army Cadet Program there are several opportunities for a cadet to participate in advanced summer training programs, some of which are conducted internationally. These are opportunities a cadet must work very hard to obtain as they become a cadet representative of their country and community abroad.

 

Select senior cadets are chosen from Army Cadet Corps across Canada to participate in International Exchanges in the following countries and locations:

·         Australia,

·         England,

·         Mount Everest (Nepal),

·         Germany,

·         Scotland,

·         Wales,

·         Argentina,

·         The United States of America, and

·         Many more…!