Army cadets have
the opportunity to attend a variety of courses during the summer.
Courses are scheduled in July and August and vary from 2-8 weeks
in duration. Attendance at Cadet Training Centres (CTC) is
free. The Canadian Forces provides all transportation, meals, lodging
and special equipment. In fact, Cadets receive $60/week
as a training bonus for attending. For senior cadets there are also
employment opportunities for those that choose to attend CTCs as
staff, earning $3000 or more for 8 weeks employment!
The courses are designed to offer a unique mixture of outdoor activities
and valuable instruction. They are split into three main categories,General
Training, Basic Army Cadet Courses, and Army Cadet Leader Instructor
Courses. Cadets participate in activities such as physical education,
ceremonial drill, map & compass, marksmanship, and adventure
activities (i.e. summer biathlon, canoeing and camping). Community
living, also known as barracks life, is a big part of it all and
friendships are made that will last a lifetime.
Many Army Cadets also participate in advanced training and international
exchanges. The summer training at these levels take place in Alberta,
Ontario or many other countries like England, Scotland, or Australia.