Advanced Courses

SUMMER CAMPS

For cadets, the term "summer training" is commonly equivalent to "summer camp". Spread across the country, the 24 Cadet Summer Training Centers (CSTCs) offer a variety of challenging and dynamic courses. Some of these centers are located in very unique environments, for example in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, north of the 60th parallel, in Whitehorse, Yukon, and on the Pacific coast, in Comox, British Columbia. Other centers offer specialized training, for example, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, which provides an introduction to aerospace or the Center of Excellence in marksmanship, located in Ottawa, Ontario.

No matter where they go for summer training, the cadet will spend an interesting and rewarding summer. For many, summer training is an opportunity to travel abroad, meet people from across Canada, and learn a lot of new things.

"I made so many new friends from all across Canada at summer camp. It is nice to know that no matter where I travel in our country, I have a friend that lives there.”
– Air Cadet Skylar Shaunessy, Alberta




Courses By Quota



General Training | GTC Level 1 | 12-13 years old | 1 week
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.

Basic Drill and Ceremonial | BDC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
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.

Basic Aviation | BAC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
Provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aviation. Activities include radio communication, a familiarization flight, meteorology, and air navigation.

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace | BATAC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
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.

Basic Survival | BSC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
The Basic Survival Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop aircrew survival skills. Activities include field training, navigation and ground search and rescue.

Drill and Ceremonial Instructor | DCIC Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Advanced Aviation | AAC Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 3 weeks
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.

Survival Instructor | SIC Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Basic Fitness and Sports | BFSC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
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.

Fitness and Sports Instructor | FSIC Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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 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.

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor | ARMIC Level 3 | 15-16 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Military Band – Basic Musician** | MB-BMC Level 2 | 13-14 years old | 3 weeks
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.
** Intermediate and Advanced Musician are 6 weeks; Pipe Band Courses follow the same structure as Military Band







Advanced Aerospace |AASC Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance |AART-AM Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations |AART-AO Level 3 | 14-15 years old | 6 weeks
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.

Glider Pilot Scholarship |GPS Level 3 | 16 -18 years old | 6 weeks
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) 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 5 ft 0 and a maximum height of 6 ft 3, and a minimum weight of 90 lbs and a maximum weight of 200 lbs.

Power Pilot Scholarship | PPS Level 4 | 17-18 years old | 7 weeks
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) 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 245 lbs.

Advanced Training - Staff Cadets | SC 16-18 years old | 7 weeks
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, 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 Level 5 | 17-18 years old | 3 weeks
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 Exchange 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 partake in these training opportunities: Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.