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Summer Training

Summer 2020 dates and joining instructions have not yet been released. Please review the information below in the meantime.

2019 Course Information

2019 CTC Info Pamphlet
A detailed overview of available summer training courses.

2018 National Courses Handbook for Cadets and Parents (v2 – 20 Dec 17)
This handbook provides detailed information about the application and selection process for National Courses.

2019 Joining Instructions

General instructions

CTC-specific information

Cadet Training Centre Brochure Joining Instructions
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2019 Summer training schedule

Note: We cannot request specific dates and that the following dates do not include any time required for travel.

1st year cadets: If you are selected to attend General Training, you will most likely be attending Serial B.

Serials
General Training Serial A: 8 – 19 Jul Serial B: 22 Jul – 2 Aug Serial C: 5 – 16 Aug
3 weeks Serial A: 8 – 26 Jul Serial B: 29 Jul – 16 Aug
6 weeks 8 Jul – 16 Aug
GPS/PPS 8 Jul – 23 Aug

Summer Training Application

All summer training applicants must:

  • Have joined the squadron before 31 Dec
  • Have a minimum of 75% attendance for mandatory training activities
  • Have completed their tagging shifts and returned their lottery tickets stubs

Cadet that will turn 19 years of age before the end of the course date are not eligible to apply.

There is no guarantee that the applicant will receive a course offer.

540 Sqn summer training application
Please download and fill this form out electronically and bring it on a Tuesday evening.

High School Co-op Credit

You can earn a high school credit for attending summer training by applying to the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).

All information about the cadet co-op program is found on the UCDSB website. Be mindful of the posted deadline!

Note: You must already be in high school to receive this credit.

FAQs

Summer Training, also known as “summer camp” is performed at a Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC). It provides cadets with in depth and specialized knowledge to supplement their regular training. Courses run during July and August, and range from 2 to 7 weeks long. Some of the topics offered through summer training include aviation, leadership, fitness, marksmanship, survival, music, and more.

Approximately 20,000 cadets across Canada are selected to attend summer training. As such, cadets are required to apply and go through a selection process that is based on several factors such as their attendance records, participation in squadron activities, and performance within the squadron. National courses such as the Glider and Power Pilot Scholarships and International Exchange require a more extensive application process and include an interview.

Living arrangements vary between training centres, and may include barracks, student residences, or semi-permanent softwall shelters. Cadets will share a sleeping space with peers, separated by gender.

All meals will be provided by the training centre, and will be served in the mess hall or equivalent dining facility. Cadets may also have an opportunity to eat MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the canteen during their free time.

Training occurs six days a week from before breakfast to after dinner, and as such parents are encouraged to visit their cadets only during evenings or weekends.

Depending on the course, parents may pick up cadets for weekend leave after training has concluded for the week. Cadets attending the first year, 2-week General Training Course are not eligible for leave.

Cell phones are not permitted during training hours, and can only be used during free time (evenings and weekends). Cadets will have access to pay phones during their stay at a CSTC, and can purchase calling cards from the canteen or bring them from home. You may also write mail to your cadet, to the address found in the joining instructions for your cadet’s CSTC. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Duty Centre for your cadet’s CSTC, found in the joining instructions.

Similar to the home unit, the summer training centres employ the same ‘youth leading youth’ model with most of the instruction and close supervision performed by staff cadets with facilitation and overall supervision by CIC Officers and Civilian Instructors.

Unfortunately, logistics and scheduling of summer courses is performed at the provincial and national level and are largely out of the control of 540 Sqn. The cadet units in our local area are typically assigned to Serial A for three week courses and Serial B for the two week General Training course.

Cadets who request other serials will be offered a position only if there are not enough cadets from the units typically assigned to that serial. As there is a lot of competition for summer training positions, cadets being accepted to other serials is very rare.

Each training centre has different requirements.

A detailed kit list will be provided in the summer course joining instructions once your cadet has been accepted to summer training.

Course descriptions

GENERAL TRAINING COURSE (GTC)

This course introduce cadets to life at a cadet training centre (CTC) with a focus on the opportunities available through air cadet summer training.

Activities include a field exercise, team-building, air-rifle range, drill, building and flying paper gliders and rockets, airport operations, marshalling, tours, recreational sports, swimming, music training, general knowledge and citizenship.

BASIC DRILL & CEREMONIAL COURSE (BDCC)

This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of followership, teamwork, drill and leadership training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two of the Squadron program.

This course develops self-confidence, knowledge and skills, and provides ample opportunity for practical application.

DRILL & CEREMONIAL INSTRUCTOR COURSE (DCIC)

This course develops a specialist cadet with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor for drill and ceremonial activities.

This course prepares cadets to assume a leadership parade position at the Squadron or summer training centre.

BASIC AVIATION COURSE (BAC)

This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of aviation training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two at the Sqn. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application.

ADVANCED AVIATION COURSE (AAC)

This course develops 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.

BASIC AVIATION TECHNOLOGY AND AEROSPACE COURSE (BATAC)

The course develops in cadets the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, and inspires them to pursue specialist training in some or all of these subject areas. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application.

Advanced Aviation Technology Courses

AIRPORT OPERATIONS (AATC-AO)

The aim of this course is to introduce cadets to programming specific to airport operations. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions.

AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (AATC-AM)

The aim of this course is to introduce cadets to aircraft construction and maintenance. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions.

Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)

This course develop 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. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills relevant to various aspects of aerospace science and technology, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application within the format of a simulated space mission project. Candidates should show interest and ability for mathematics and physics.

BASIC SURVIVAL COURSE (BSC)

This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of survival training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two of the Squadron program.

SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR COURSE (SIC)

This course develops 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. Cadets experience dynamic and challenging training that offers ample opportunity for practical application.

The cadets will learn advanced theoretical and technical skills required to assist in the delivery of survival training at the Sqn. This course will ensure the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Squadron and as staff cadets.

BASIC FITNESS & SPORTS COURSE (BFSC)

This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of fitness and recreational sports training, building upon what has been experienced at the Sqn. This aim will be accomplished through the development of skills and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. The course will promote the development of ethical sports conduct, sportsmanship and teamwork.

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.

FITNESS & SPORTS INSTRUCTOR COURSE (FSIC)

This course develops cadets into a 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 summer training centre.

The aim of the course will be accomplished by providing dynamic and challenging training that includes ample opportunity for practical application. The cadets will learn theoretical and technical skills required to deliver the Squadron physical education and recreational training program as specialist instructors. This course will ensure that the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Squadron and as Staff Cadets at the CTCs.

AIR RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP INSTRUCTOR COURSE (ARMIC)

The aim of this course is to develop individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon specialty skills while reinforcing and further developing the leadership and instructional technique skills preparing the cadets to support these two specialty activities at the Sqn, during regionally directed activities and/or as a staff cadet at a summer training centre. The cadet will be provided with the necessary theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to monitor and instruct other cadets during marksmanship training at the Sqn.

Musician Courses are for band members only and require validation by the Band Officer.

BASIC MUSICIAN COURSE (MB-BMC, PB-BMC)

The aim of this course is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Sqn bands and related music activities. As well, they will experience some aspects of Air Cadet training to help them in their future course selections of the Air CTC program.

INTERMEDIATE MUSICIAN COURSE (MB-IMC, PB-IMC)

The aim of all Music Level Courses is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. This training is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Sqn bands and related music activities. During this six-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance & repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some Instructional Techniques relating to music.

Prerequisites: Must have achieved the Basic music proficiency level.

ADVANCED MUSICIAN COURSE (MB-AMC, PB-AMC)

The aim of all Music Level Courses is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. During this six-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance & repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some Instructional Techniques relating to music

Prerequisites: Must have achieved the music proficiency level 2.

STAFF CADET (ADVANCED TRAINING)

Staff cadets are the NCOs of the Cadet Training Centres. A staff cadet can assist the officer staff with the instruction and supervision of cadets, or might be tasked in an administrative or logistical support role. Rank and pay for staff cadets depend upon the position; this is usually determined during a pre-course training and evaluation period.

Staff Cadets must be 16 years of age by 1 Jan of the training year.

Glider Pilot Scholarship and Power Pilot Scholarship candidates must have successfully completed their squadron ground school training and be recommended by the chief ground school instructor.

GLIDER PILOT SCHOLARSHIP (GPS)

This six-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Glider Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings.

POWER PILOT SCHOLARSHIP (PPS)

This seven-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Private Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Pilot Wings.

INTERNATIONAL AIR CADET EXCHANGE (IACE)

The purpose of the IACE is three-fold:

  • to promote friendship and goodwill among Air cadets of the participating countries,
  • to encourage participants to develop an interest in international affairs, and
  • to reward those Air cadets who have rendered outstanding services to their Sqns over a period of years

The IACE is intended only for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction. Exchange cadets visit air bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, plus they experience private hospitality with families in their own homes.

Host countries include:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America