General Information

Summer training is commonly referred to as summer camp by cadets. The 7 Army Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) across Canada offer a variety of exciting and dynamic training courses. Some are located in unique settings such as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and north of 60° in Whitehorse, Yukon. Others offer specialized training, such as Connaught CTC where the training centre’s focal point is advanced training in marksmanship. Regardless of where a cadet goes for summer training, he or she is certain to have a fun and rewarding summer. Summer training offers, for some, an opportunity to travel internationally while for others it means meeting new people from across Canada while learning.

Experience the inspirational adventures of the cadets at Blackdown Training Centre.
Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) Locations
Summer Training Qualification Badges

Summer Training Qualification Badges

Some important points about cadet summer training:

  • All cadets applying for Army cadet summer training must be medically fit and submit an application for summer training. These applications are reviewed by the Training Officer and Commanding Officer. The CO will review all applications and either recommended them up the chain of command, or declined them for not meeting criteria or being an unsatisfactory applicant.

  • Due to the remote location of some Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTCs), cadets with severe allergies or other medical conditions that may require rapid medical attention may be precluded from attending certain courses.

  • Applicants must have parent/guardian consent, and must be recommended by their Commanding Officer (CO).

  • The cadet must have successfully completed the required training level, and also meet any other prerequisite(s) specific to the course(s) for which the application is made.

  • A cadet’s 19th birthday must occur after the return travel date.

  • In all cases, the cadet must have demonstrated an interest in, and aptitude for, further Army cadet training.

  • Cadets who report for summer training and are found not to meet course prerequisites may be re-coursed or returned to unit, at the discretion of the CSTC CO.

  • A training bonus of $10 per day is paid to every cadet for each day of training they complete (to a weekly maximum of $60, and a course maximum of $360). Depending on the course and CSTC, this may be paid upon completion of the course, or portions of the bonus may be paid during the course.

  • Staff Cadets are paid a daily rate, varying depending on their rank, starting at $68/day and up to $92/day.

Selection on Summer Training 

There are 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTCs) located in various provinces and territories across Canada. Cadets are selected to attend summer training based on their attendance, behaviour, and other attributes that they had demonstrated throughout the cadet training year. You must have been a Cadet prior to March 31 in order to be considered and apply for summer training.

If you are selected to participate in summer training you will have the chance to travel to a training centre in your Region.  If you are selected for a specialized course or your Region does not offer a particular program you may have the opportunity to travel to another training centre located even further from your home where you will meet other cadets from all over Canada.

CSTCs offer more in-depth study and experience in the area in which you are selected to participate.  Summer camp, as cadets fondly call it, are located on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Rocky Mountains and everywhere in between.  Some summer training centres involve all three elements (Sea, Army and Air Cadets) learning and working together in one location.  It is the chance to meet friends for life during an experience you will never forget!

2 Week Basic Course (Year 1)

This two-week course is intended for cadets 12-13 years of age who have completed their first year of cadet training. It introduces the cadet to life at a CTC with a focus on the opportunities available through Army Cadet Summer Training. Activities include: a field exercise, team-building, air-rifle range, adventure training, tours, recreational sports, swimming, music training, general knowledge and citizenship. 

  1. Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Green Star training by 30 Jun.

  2. Training Centres: Blackdown (Borden, ON), or Valcartier QC (French)