Cadet Training: Summer Activities


Summer camps are a very large part of the Air Cadet Program. Cadets are held at Canadian Forces Bases and other locations across Canada, giving cadets the opportunity to experience various training courses. The courses are divided in familiarization, introductory specialty, and advanced specialty courses. The training courses can be of two, three, six, or seven weeks long. Cadets are paid while on course and meals, housing, and transportation are free to participants.

Click on any of the blue bars to see the different courses that fall under each specific category.

Familiarization Courses

Introduces new cadets to the summer training center environment and program. The training provided in these courses supplements the training the cadets receive at the squadron
  • General Training Course (GTC): This is a two-week course that introduces first-year cadets to the cadet summer training centre environment and program, as well as supplementing the training the cadet receives at the squadron. The cadets participate in a variety of activities related to drill and ceremonial, marksmanship, aviation, aerodrome operations, aircraft maintenance, fitness and sports, aerospace, and aircrew survival.

  • Military Band - Basic Musician Course (MB – BMC): This course allows cadets to develop music proficiency so that they are prepared to support their squadron's band and related music activities. Cadets also gain experience in other areas of the summer training centre environment and program.

  • Pipes & Drums – Basic Musician Course (PD – BMC): This course is identical to the Military Band – Basic Musician Course except that it provides music training for cadets of a squadron with a pipes and drums band.

Introductory Specialty Courses

Deliver training directed more specifically towards certain specialties. All of these are three weeks long, and most are available to cadets who have completed Level 2 or above.
  • Basic Drill & Ceremonial (BDCC): This course provides cadets with 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.

  • Basic Survival Course (BSC): This course provides cadets an opportunity to develop aircrew survival skills. Cadets are participate in activities, which include field training, navigation, and ground search and rescue.

  • Basic Aviation Course (BAC): This course provides cadets with the basics of aviation training. Cadets will learn the knowledge and skills through practical applications. Activities include radio communication, a familiarization flight, meteorology, and air navigation.

  • Basic Fitness and Sports Course (BFSC): This course provides cadets with training in the fundamentals of fitness and recreational sports. 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.

  • Basic Aviation Technology & Aerospace Course (BATAC): This course is designed to teach cadets on aerospace, airport operations, and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Cadets will learn through a variety of hands-on practical activities.

  • Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course (MB – IMC): This course is designed to raise each cadet's musical skills to the next music proficiency level. This course also provides cadets with instruction in instrument maintenance and repair, music theory, drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band.

  • Pipes & Drums – Intermediate Musician Course (PD – IMC): This course is identical to the Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course except that it provides music training for cadets of a squadron with a pipes and drums band.

Advanced Courses

Deliver training within a certain specialty. These courses range from three to seven weeks long, and most are available to cadets who have completed level three or above. For some of these courses, the application process is more extensive, including an interview, a narrative submission, and an evaluation of academic grades.
  • Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS): This course is an intensive program of ground school and in-flight training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Glider Pilot License and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings. Cadets who want to apply must not hold any other pilot's license; must be 16; must be physically fit; must pass a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Exam; must be in Level 3 and grade 9; must complete ground school at the squadron and receive a passing grade on the qualifying exam. There are also height and weight restrictions.

  • Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS): This course is an intensive program of ground school and in-flight pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and TC written exam wil qualify for a Private Pilot License and be awarded Air Cadet Pilot Wings. Cadets who want to apply must be 17 years of age; must be physically fit; must pass a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Exam; must be in Level 4 and grade 10; must complete ground school at the squadron and receive a passing grade on the qualifying exam. There is also a weight restriction.

  • Advanced Aviation Course (AAC): This course is for cadets in Level 3 and above. It teaches the skills and knowledge required for cadets 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.

  • Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course (DCIC): This course is designed to teach senior cadets the skills and knowledge to become a specialist instructor for drill and ceremonial activities. Cadets are exposed to a variety of advanced drill and ceremonial opportunities.

  • Survival Instructor Course (SIC): This course provides cadets with the skills and knowledge required for them 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.

  • Fitness and Sports Instructor Course (FSIC): This course teaches cadets the skills and knowledge required for them to take on the role of a fitness and sports instructor and a team leader for the fitness and sports activities conducted at the squadron. Activities include personal fitness and healthy living, conducting the Cadet Fitness Assessment, and leading recreational sports.

  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC): This course allows cadets to develop individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon skills, while reinforcing and further developing leadership and instructional techniques to prepare the cadets to help support these activities at their squadron. Cadets will learn the necessary theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to monitor and instruct other cadets during marksmanship activities.

  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations (AATC – AO): This is a six-week course that provides cadets with the opportunity to learn about 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.

  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance (AATC – AM): This is a six-week course that provides cadets with an opportunity to learn aircraft maintenance skills through a set of practical, hands-on training activities, such as performing a landing gear retraction test on a fixed wing aircraft and assembling an input driveshaft from a turbine powered helicopter.

  • Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC): This course will provide cadets with the skills and knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aerospace activities within the Air Cadet program. Cadets will have many opportunities for practical applications within the format of a simulated space mission project. Cadets who apply for this course should show interest and ability for math and physics.

  • Military Band – Advanced Musician Course (MB - AMC): This course is designed to provides cadets with an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct the unit'smusic 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.

  • Pipes & Drums – Advanced Musician Course (PD - AMC): This course is identical to the Military Band – Advanced Musician Course that it provides music training for cadets of a squadron with a pipes and drums band.

Exchanges

Allows senior cadets to travel outside of Canada and be ambassadors of the Air Cadet program.
  • International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE): This provides senior cadets with the opportunity to visit Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey, New Zealand, Britain, or the United States, as an ambassador of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Cades who apply for this must be 17 years of age; must be medically and physically fit; must be in Level 5; and must be able to gain entry into the destination country.

  • Oshkosh Trip:This is a two-week trip that provides cadets with an opportunity to visit one of the largest air shows in the world in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Cadets will also have the opportunity to participate in familiarization flights and aviation museum tours. Cadets who apply for this must be in Level 3.

Staff

Provides senior cadets with the opportunity to take on leadership roles at various cadet summer training centres. The application process for each summer training centre is different.

Staff cadets are the NCOs at each of the cadet summer training centers. A staff cadet can assist the officers with instruction and supervision of cadets, or in administrative or logistical support. Rank and pay for staff cadets depend upon the position filled, which is determined during a pre-course training and evaluation course. A staff cadet must be at least 16 years old.