Summer Training Information


Summer Training is a unique and amazing experience for your cadet to learn new skills, practice newly acquired skills, meet other cadets from across BC, Alberta and Northern Canada and to make life long friends. 


Summer Training is an optional program that cadets are required to apply for. Cadets are selected to attend summer training based on their attendance, behavior, and other attributes demonstrated throughout the cadet training year. All expenses for accommodation, clothing, meals, and transportation are paid for by the Department of Defence.  


While on their course cadets live in barracks with separate quarters for males and females.  Each camp has a fully staffed kitchen and hospital with nurses, doctors, medics, and pharmacy technicians.  The camp hospital deals with everything from sprains to colds. The safety of your cadet is the first priority of the staff.


The training run two(2) weeks, three(3) weeks and six(6) weeks in duration for which your cadet will receive a training bonus of $60/week. Some of the more senior courses require having attended previous courses. It is highly recommended to attend from the start of your cadet career. 



Many different courses are available to cadets.  Selecting the right course for each cadet depends on the following:

  • age of the cadet
  • interests of the cadet
  • fitness level


Course Levels:

Level Duration Ages Specialty?
General Training 2 weeks 12-13 no
Basic Training 3 weeks 13-14 yes
Instructor Level Training 6 weeks 14-16 yes
Advanced Training 6 weeks 15+ yes
Senior Level  6 weeks 16+ yes
Staff Cadet 7 weeks 16+ yes


Course Specialties:

  • Leadership – these courses focus on drill and team building activities.  Cadets develop leadership and public speaking skills. Offered as Basic and Instructor level.
  • Sports and Fitness – these courses focus on fitness and sports training.  The aim of this specialty is to train sports assistants and leaders. Offered as Basic and Instructor level.
  • Expedition – these courses focus on adventure training.  Activities include canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and abseiling.  Cadets interested in this specialty should be physically fit, and be comfortable in the water and on a bike. Offered as Basic, Instructor, Advanced and Senior level.
  • Marksmanship – these courses focus on marksmanship training and coaching. The aim of this specialty is to develop skilled shooters and effective marksmanship coaches. Offered as Basic, Instructor, Advanced and Senior level.
  • Band – these courses offer additional instruction on the instrument of the cadet’s choice. The aim of this specialty is to develop skilled musicians who can also assist in training other cadet musicians. Offered as Basic, Instructor, and Advanced level, in both Military Band and Pipe Band.
  • International Exchanges – these courses offer Army Cadets a chance to participate in a joint training and cultural exchange program. Offered as Senior level.
  • Army Cadet Basic Parachutist – To allow Army cadets to obtain the CF Basic Parachutist qualification.  Should the cadet continue with a military career this qualification will transfer. Offered as Senior level.



There are 23 Cadet Training Centres (CSTCs) located in various provinces and territories across Canada.  Depending on the course your cadet may be offered a spot in any of the following locations (please note – not a comprehensive list):

  • Vernon Army CTC, Vernon, BC
  • Whitehorse CTC, Whitehorse, YK
  • Connaught CTC, Ottawa, ON
  • Rocky Mountain ACTC, Cochrane, AB 
  • Cold Lake ACTC, Cold Lake, AB
  • CFLWAC CFB Trenton, Trenton, ON



Transportation by bus or plane is arranged for each cadet.  You may also choose to drop off or pick up your cadet personally.  For security reasons, this should be arranged in advance.

**For summer camps the cadet’s Star level will determine their placement**

  • Green and Red Star cadets go to General Training and Basic Training Locations
  • Silver Star and Gold Star Cadets go to Intermediate Training Locations
  • Gold Star Qualified and Master Cadets go to Advanced Training Locations

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