Summer Training Courses

General Training Course (GTC) 2 weeks

The GTC is intended for cadets 12-14 years of age who have completed their first year of cadet training. It introduces the cadet to life at a cadet summer training centre (CSTC) with a focus on the opportunities available through air cadet summer training. Activities include: aircrew survival, team-building, air-rifle marksmanship, drill, aviation & aerospace activities, airport operations, tours, recreational sports, swimming, music training, general cadet knowledge and citizenship.

Basic Aviation Course (BAC) 3 weeks

Cadet will learn the fundamentals of aviation. The BAC provides cadets with training in basic aviation subjects, including Radio Communications, Principles of Flight, Aero Engines, Airmanship, Meteorology and Air Navigation. Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in a familiarization flight and build and fly model “Round the Pole” aircraft.

Basic Aviation Technology & Aerospace Course (BATAC) 3 weeks

Throughout the BATAC, cadets will undergo hands-on training in three specific topic areas: aerospace, airport operations, and aircraft manufacturing & maintenance. Activities include tours of aerodromes, aircraft manufacturing and/or maintenance facilities, star-gazing, rocketry, and constructing an aluminum bi-plane.

Basic Drill & Ceremonial Course (BDCC) 3 weeks

The BDCC provides cadets with the fundamentals of teamwork, leadership and drill & ceremonial training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two. Cadets will develop self-confidence, knowledge and skills, and be provided opportunity for practical application. Activities include team building, leading small group activities, commanding a squad on parade and community service activities. This course will inspire the cadets to further pursue leadership and ceremonial opportunities at the squadron and on the Drill & Ceremonial Instructor Course.

Basic Fitness & Sports Course (BFSC) 3 weeks

Cadets will learn the fundamentals of fitness and recreational sports and develop abilities to assist with fitness activities through practical application. Through a variety of sports and recreational activities, including attending a professional sports event, leading fitness and sports activities and participating in the cadet fitness assessment, 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 Survival Course (BSC) 3 weeks

Through a dynamic learning environment, cadets will learn the fundamentals of aircrew survival training. Subjects include survival skills, such as fires, shelters and ground-to-air signals; ground search and rescue, and ground navigation. The course will cumulate with a 4-day aircrew survival exercise, where in groups of two, cadets will practice their aircrew survival skills.

Military Band – Basic Musician Course (MB-BMC) 3 weeks

This course is intended for cadets with no music or limited music experience. MB-BMC will introduce cadets to musicianship and teach the basics of music proficiency including how to maintain an instrument, basic music theory, sectional and ensemble training, and band drill.

Advanced Aviation Course (AAC) 3 weeks

The AAC is an opportunity for cadets with an interest in pilotage to participate in ground school subjects, and to develop skills in ground school instruction. Cadets will discuss subjects such as principles of flight, airmanship, meteorology, aeronautical rules and facilities, aero engines and air navigation. Cadets will obtain the Industry Canada Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification.

Air Rile Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC) 6 weeks

The ARMIC will develop individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon specialty skills. The course will reinforce and further develop the leadership and instructional techniques required to support these two specialty activities. Cadets will learn to assist, lead and coach marksmanship and summer biathlon activities, as well as participate in an on-the-job training program.

Drill & Ceremonial Instructor Course (DCIC) 6 weeks

The DCIC will provide cadets with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor for drill and ceremonial activities. Activities include ceremonial opportunities, citizenship activities, flag and rifle drill; cadets will prepare to assume a specialist parade position at the squadron and CSTCs. On-the-job training provides cadets leadership opportunities through staff cadet job shadowing. Extra-curricular leadership activities and instructional techniques may be delivered, including a rifle drill team, effective speaking competition, and leadership seminars.

Fitness & Sports Instructor Course (FSIC) 6 weeks

Cadets will develop skills and knowledge required to perform the role of a fitness and sports instructor and team leader for fitness and sport activities conducted at the squadron and/or as a staff cadet at a CSTC. Through a variety of sports and fitness activities, cadets will lead recreation and fitness activities, participate in an on-the-job training program, lead the cadet fitness assessment, and develop a personal fitness and healthy living routine.

Survival Instructor Course (SIC) 6 weeks

Cadets will develop skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instruction and team leader for aircrew survival activities within the air cadet program. Cadets will participate in on-the-job training, a ground search and rescue exercise, a ground navigation exercise, and flat-water canoeing. The course will cumulate with a 4-day aircrew survival exercise where cadets, supervised but in isolation

Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course (MB-IMC) 6 weeks

The MB-IMC is intended to raise cadets’ musical skills to the standard of the next proficiency level. This course will develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their squadron bands and related music activities. In addition to an on-the-job training phase, cadets, based on their current music proficiency level, will learn music theory, participate in sectional and ensemble training, band drill, sigh reading, and discuss music history.

Military Band – Advanced Musician Course (MB-AMC) 6 weeks

The MB-AMC is intended to raise cadets’ musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. In addition to the on-the-job training phase, cadets will participate in music theory, sectional and ensemble training, band drill, sight reading, and will develop their skills as a music instructor.

Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations (AATC-AO) 6 weeks

The AATC-AO provides training in the area of airport operations. Cadets receive training in aerodrome operations, flight safety and air traffic services.

Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance (AATC-AM) 6 weeks

The AATC-AM provides training in aircraft construction and maintenance. Cadets receive training in aircraft components, construction and assembly.

Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC) 6 weeks

AASC stimulates a space mission project. Cadets should show interest/ability for math and physics. Cadets will learn about the night sky, aerospace components, orbital mechanics, space systems, rocketry, robotics and life in space.

Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) 6 weeks

The GPS is an intensive program of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete a flight test and Transport Canada written exam qualify for a Glider Pilot License and are awarded the Air Cadet Pilot Wings. The GPS includes daily intensive physical exertion, such as running and pushing gliders. Cadets should be prepared accordingly

Power Pilot Schlorship (PPS) 7 weeks

The PPS is an intensive program of ground school and in-flight pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete a flight test and Transport Canada written exam qualify for a Private Pilot Licence and are awarded the Air Cadet Pilot Wings.

Staff Cadet (SC) 7 weeks

Staff Cadet 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 CTC/CFTC.