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During the summer period, if you qualify, a cadet may apply to participate in a training course for two, three or six-weeks (see below). Senior cadets can eventually have a paid summer job at a training facility in Canada. There is a whole lot of interesting things to do and learn at summer training. You will also meet many new friends coming from all over the province, other regions of Canada and some from other countries on a cadet exchange.

 How Do you Qualify for Summer Camp & What's the Selection Process?


Several factors are taken into consideration with the summer training selection process, and the final decision rests with the squadron Commanding Officer. Rest assured, all applications go through a rigorous internal screening process with key CIC staff members. The Cadet Region Detachment assigns to each squadron a limited number of summer training spots for various training programs. Within each training program, there are a limited number of physical beds available for the duration of each course. The spots assigned to each cadet squadron are based on a percentage of the squadron average strength within Central Ontario Area. For this reason, not all cadets are selected to attend summer training and competition to get chosen remains high throughout the entire training year.

Do you qualify?

A cadet who joins prior to Jan. 31st may apply for summer training. However, age is a critical factor at this stage and may disqualify a cadet outright. Summer training is geared toward a progression model of 'experience-based' training and all courses have a prerequisite for subsequent training levels. The General Training (GT) 2-week course is specifically designed for cadets 12 & 13 years of age and it is a prerequisite for the Basic 3-week course. The Basic 3-week course is designed for cadets 13 & 14 years of age and is a prerequisite for the Advanced 6-week courses. Therefore, any cadet who joins the program at an older age (15+) would automatically be disqualified from applying for summer training. An age 'waiver' is only permitted for the Basic 3-week summer training course for a cadet who has not turned 15 years old by the last day of the training course. It must also be emphasized that cadets who join at 14 years of age are at a significant disadvantage to attending summer training. Parents should understand that priority to attend the Basic 3-week summer training program is first given to cadets who successfully completed the GT 2-week course. This is providing the cadet's training report from the previous summer was satisfactory. If there are any remaining spots available after this elimination process and if the cadet qualifies (see below), a 14 year old cadet may apply for a 'waiver' on to the Basic 3-week course.

Selection Criteria

As a general rule, the best way to increase your odds for summer training selection is:


If you are present, you are training and building on your leadership qualities! We record lateness and it negatively impacts your chances. Air cadets are never late! As a rule, a cadet who has a 90% attendance record for all activities has a far greater chance of selection versus a cadet with a 60% attendance.

The general rules which apply after this, are as follows:


Our senior cadets, Civilian Instructors and CIC Officer's staff are always observing these important elements with all cadets. They are an integral part of the Air Cadet Program and these fundamentals are the guiding principles upon which constitutes a good citizen. It is not uncommon for a cadet who has seniority with 'time-in' to be bumped by a newer cadet who has the same attendance record but has impeccable discipline, dress, drill & deportment! Always do your best at cadets.


Cadets who are passionate about the program have the inner-drive to succeed. They go the 'extra mile' to make it happen and build team spirit. They embrace all facets of the training program and thrive to accomplish more. Challenging optional cadet activities, such as the band, marksmanship or drill team, augment the training syllabus. Cadets who participate are recognized and rewarded at zone, regional and national competitions. Another key to cadet success is good physical fitness. A great indicator of a cadet's fitness level is their latest fitness test result on the Canadian Fitness & Incentive Plan. Optional cadet activities and physical fitness results are taken into consideration when determining summer course selection.

Closing Comments

You can be certain that a cadet who embraces the cadet program will have an advantage for summer training selection. Also note that summer training selection is not a guarantee up to and including the scheduled day of departure. If there is reasonable justification, the Commanding Officer has the authority to withdraw a cadet from attending summer training. Be sure to adhere to the Cadet Code of Conduct and follow the squadron motto until the last day of training:

Show-up on time, properly dressed and ready to train.