Have loads of fun in the summer AND learn lots of interesting stuff while you’re at it! Courses include survival training, marksmanship, aviation courses, drill and instructor courses, along with many other subjects.

In addition to the weekly training nights, every summer cadets around the country have the opportunity to attend summer training courses which vary from two to seven weeks spent at summer training centres around Canada. Over 9,000 Air Cadets take part in summer training. Some of the courses offered are: athletic instructor, aerospace, aircrew survival, air studies, air traffic control, instructional techniques, leadership, music, physical fitness, rifle coach, and technical training. International exchanges are offered with the International Air Cadet Association. Senior Air Cadets have the opportunity to travel to many countries.

A number of summer training opportunities are available to eligible cadets. Each squadron is allotted a limited number of positions on the various courses. Decisions on which cadets are to attend summer courses are based on the cadet’s attendance behaviour, and performance during the training year. A cadet must be enrolled in the squadron by March 31st to be eligible for a summer training course.

Similar to the mandatory training program at the Squadron, there are generally no fees or costs associated with attending summer training courses. Living and transportation expenses to and from course are provided by the cadet program. Course cadets are normally provided a training bonus of $60 per week for incidentals and spending money.

Cadets are selected for one course per summer, and normally progress from the initial two week General Training Course into a three week “basic” course, followed by a six week “instructor” level course.

The current summer training courses offered to Air Cadets are:

Category

Camp Name

Duration

General

General Training

2 Weeks

Drill

Basic Drill and Ceremonial

3 Weeks

Drill

Drill and Ceremonial Instructor

6 Weeks

Sports & Fitness

Basic Sports

3 Weeks

Sports & Fitness

Fitness and Sports Instructor

6 Weeks

Aircrew Survival

Basic Survival

3 Weeks

Aircrew Survival

Survival Instructor

6 Weeks

Marksmanship

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor

6 Weeks

Music

Military Band – Basic Musician

3 Weeks

Music

Military Band – Intermediate Musician

6 Weeks

Music

Music Course – Advanced

6 Weeks

Music

Pipes and Drums – Basic Musician

3 Weeks

Music

Pipes and Drums – Intermediate Musician

6 Weeks

Music

Pipes and Drums – Advanced

6 Weeks

Aviation

Basic Aviation

3 Weeks

Aviation

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace

3 Weeks

Aviation

Advanced Aviation

3 Weeks

Unfortunately, not all cadets can attend summer training, but it is an excellent opportunity for those who do apply and are selected.  It is important to remember that attendance at summer camps is a privilege that must be earned through hard work and dedication throughout the training year.


National Summer Training Courses

In addition to summer training, a number of national training (scholarship) courses are available to Air Cadets. Owing to their more challenging level of technical training and more substantial cost, cadets are selected for these courses through a competitive, merit based application and interview process run by the Air Cadet League. Each course has different minimum entry requirements, and generally require significant time and practice to become eligible for.

The current national training courses are:

Category

Camp Name

Duration

Flight Trg

Glider Pilot

7 Weeks

Flight Trg

Power Pilot (Private Pilot Flight Training)

7 Weeks

Aviation

Advanced Aerospace

6 Weeks

Technical

Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations

6 Weeks

Technical

Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance

6 Weeks

Exchange

International Air Cadet Exchange (Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, U.K, or U.S.A.)

2 – 3 Weeks

 

Advanced Summer Training – Staff Cadets

Senior cadets can also apply for advanced summer training as a staff cadet at a summer training centre.  They may be involved directly in training junior cadets or in a training support role.  These cadets are paid a daily rate which varies based on their rank (determined during a week of Staff Cadet training). This “summer job” is an excellent way to improve and advance leadership skills while earning some money over the summer. Roles and length does vary, but staff cadets are generally employed for seven weeks.

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