Regional Summer Training

Each year, cadets from all over Canada attend Regional Training Courses during the summer months. 706 Squadron is allocated a small number of spots for these courses based on the number of cadets in our Squadron. Generally, we have a greater number of cadets who are interested in these opportunities than spots available. Therefore, we hold an internal selection process to select cadets to fill the allocated positions available at the regional level.

Cadets who are selected for summer training should be notified in early May. Cadets who are not selected will be placed on a wait list.

706 Squadron is preparing for cadet summer training camps, which includes asking cadets to create their "wish list" for summer training positions. Summer training can be a rewarding part of a cadet's career, but it is not mandatory.

The Squadron Staff does their best to ensure that as many cadets as possible are able to participate in summer training. However, many summer training courses have a limited number of spaces available, which means that in some cases a cadet may be invited to attend a summer course that was not on their "wish list". Cadets are asked to indicate on the Summer Training Application form if they would be interested in a course that is not one of their top three choices in order to assist with filling positions quickly and efficiently.

If you have any questions, please contact applications@706aircadets.ca or admin.


New 1-week General Training Course - Questions and Answers -

The changes to CTCs for 2020 are driven by staff and infrastructure requirements, and are necessary to maintain the safe, fun, efficient, and effective training experience we are expected to deliver.

Changes to the delivery of the General Training Course, we are able to ensure that a similar number of cadets can obtain a summer training experience, while at the same time reducing the in-house population of our training centres to provide some relief to both staff and infrastructure.

Changes to CTC for 2020 have also been drawn from information gathered during evaluation exercises, after action reporting, renewal working groups, advanced training reviews, and as well as evaluations and surveys collected over the past 15 years.

The one-week General Training Course is planned to include five days of intensive training with some programmed activities in the evening, allowing for an exciting, action-packed course for participants.

In order to preserve the unique traditions and identities of the Sea, Army and Air Cadets, those participating in General Training will be grouped and preferably staffed by element.

Each cadet participating in the General Training course will have the opportunity to experience an elemental training day. For example, activities may include introduction to on water activities and naval skills for Sea Cadets, introduction to expedition and field craft for Army Cadets, and facilities tours, familiarization flights or other aerospace activities for Air Cadets.

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, a local training delivery model of the General Training course will be trialed in the Ottawa-Gatineau region by the Regional Cadet Support Unit Eastern. This trial will provide valuable data and feedback as to the feasibility of this method of delivery to potentially complement cadet summer training in the future.

Regional Summer Camps (Quota Camps) - Directive and Application - Deadline Mar 6 -

Apply now for regional summer camps! Deadline to apply: March 6th, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Application Form
Eligibility Requirements and Medical Limitations

Below you will find a list of all of the regional camp available to the cadets and the expected dates.

Please note that these date are not set-in-stone and cadets could be accepted to contingents not listed here. 

26 July to 31 July (1 week)

  1. General Training Course - 26 July to 31 July - Valcartier QC

5 July to 25 July (3 weeks)

  1. Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course
  2. Basic Fitness and Sports Course
  3. Basic Survival Course 
  4. Basic Aviation Course
  5. Advanced Aviation Course
  6. Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course

5 July to 15 August (6 weeks)

  1. Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course
  2. Fitness and Sports Instructor Course
  3. Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course
  4. Survival Instructor Course

New for Summer 2020 - Local General Training Course

The NCR will conduct a trail which will consist of two contingents of the General Training Course (GTC) at the local level (within the NCR). Cadets from Ottawa will have the choice to apply for the Local GTC or the GTC offered in Valcartier. Only very limited space will be available on these courses.

Cadets on the local course will return home every day and parents will drop off and pick up their child Monday to Friday at the training location (see below) between 7:30-8:00 am and 4:30-5:00 pm respectively.

English contingent: 13 July to 17 July
30th Field Artillery Regiment Armoury, RCA
Morrison Artillery Park
307 De Niverville Pvt
Gloucester, ON, K1V 0N5

French contingent: 27 July to 31 July
Régiment de Hull
188 Boulevard Alexandre-Taché
Gatineau, QC, J8Y 3L5

Music Camps - Directive and Application - Deadline EXTENDED to Mar 6 -

Application Form
Eligibility Requirements
Medical Limitations

Cadets may now apply for music courses. The deadline to apply is March 6th at 11:59 PM.

Cadets are allowed to apply to the music courses in addition to the regional quota camps. Please note that music courses may be considered higher priority over the regional quota camps in an effort to ensure that as many cadets as possible have the opportunity to go to summer camp this year. In other words, your music course application will usually be considered your first choice.

DRUMLINE: If you are interested in participating in the Drumline component of one of the Military Band courses (beginner, intermediate or advanced) please indicate so in your application. Language: This course will be primarily french and is located in a cadet camp with french-only courses. In order for the cadet to have a positive experience at the summer training centre, we highly recommend that the cadet has a functional ability to communicate in French.

As we do not yet have the dates for these camps we understand if a cadet applies but is not able to attend due to scheduling conflicts. It is important to let us know ASAP of any conflicts. Please contact us at applications@706aircadets.ca

New changes for 2020

By consolidating some music courses we are able to ensure that each cadet receives the best instruction possible from qualified instructors who are trained in music. This will allow for a better and more sustainable music experience at the Cadet Training Centre, and give them valuable skills they can bring back to their school's music program and to their corps and squadrons in order to build and expand the capacity of Cadet music programs in the future.

The music courses at certain Cadet Training Centres will continue to provide community support with performances in local events and parades.

As part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, these changes will be subject to review following the summer training period to ensure the Cadet program continues to deliver fun, challenging and unique experiences to Canada's youth.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo - Deadline Mar 6 -

Application Form - Indicate your desire to participate in this opportunity within this application form for music courses. Please indicate whether a late arrival is required.

The deadline to apply is March 6th at 11:59 PM.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo takes place in Halifax from June 27th to July 4th, 2020. In addition to these dates, cadets and instructors will be expected to be available from June 14th 2020 to participate in the overall rehearsals that will be held in Nova Scotia.

Application / selection of cadets

The RCSU East will select 16 (sixteen) cadets (8 brass & reeds / 8 pipes & drums), the selection criteria are:

  1. Phase 2 / Red Star / Level 2 and above;
  2. Minimum musical qualification level III (preferably IV/V);
  3. 14 years or older at the beginning of the activity;
  4. Be able to parade about 5 km and stand for a long time;
  5. be in good medical and dental health;
  6. Get permission from their parents / guardians and school principal
  7. Be available for the entire period of the activity (late arrival requests NLT 20 June 2020 could be considered.

Merit-Based Selections -

Total100
CriteriaWeight
Attendance at Mandatory Events 40
Attendance at Optional Events including volunteer events 30
Membership in teams (5 pts per team up to 20 pts)  20
Previous Awards 5
Rank 5

* In the case of a tie, training results will be used as the tiebreaker. 

Cadets who are selected for summer training should be notified in early May. Cadets who are not selected will be placed on a wait list.

706 Squadron is preparing for cadet summer training camps, which includes asking cadets to create their "wish list" for summer training positions. Summer training can be a rewarding part of a cadet's career, but it is not mandatory.

The Squadron Staff does their best to ensure that as many cadets as possible are able to participate in summer training. However, many summer training courses have a limited number of spaces available, which means that in some cases a cadet may be invited to attend a summer course that was not on their "wish list". Cadets are asked to indicate on the Summer Training Application form if they would be interested in a course that is not one of their top three choices in order to assist with filling positions quickly and efficiently.

If you have any questions, please contact admin.

Regional (Quota) Camp Descriptions -

General Training Course - GTC

The General Training Course provides cadets who have recently joined the Cadet Program an introductory summer training experience where they will participate in a variety of activities from each specialty, to include Drill and Ceremonial, Music, Marksmanship, Aviation, Aerodrome Operations, Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance, Aerospace, and Aircrew Survival. Cadets applying for this course should have successfully completed Proficiency Level One by the end of the current training year.

Basic Aviation Course - BAC

The Basic Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aviation. Activities include radio communication, a familiarization flight, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the training year.

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course - BATAC

The Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Activities include aerospace, aerodrome operations, and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the training year.

Basic Survival Course - BSC

The Basic Survival Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop aircrew survival skills. Activities include field training, navigation and ground search and rescue. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the current training year.

Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course - BDCC

The Basic Drill and Ceremonial (Air) Course provides cadets an opportunity to build on drill learned at the squadron, participate in advanced drill and ceremonial activities, and to develop leadership skills and knowledge; while performing the role of a team leader. Activities include commanding a squad on parade, drill with arms, flag drill, and marksmanship training. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the training year.

Basic Fitness and Sports Course - BFSC

The Basic Fitness and Sports course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in fitness and sports activities, and to develop knowledge and skills on how to perform the duties of a Fitness and Sports Assistant. Activities include following a personal fitness routine, leading warm-up and cool-down sessions, assisting with the Cadet Fitness Assessment and assisting with recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the training year.

Advanced Aviation Course - AAC

The Advanced Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as 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. Activities include instructional technique, radio communication, meteorology, and air navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three.

Survival Instructor Course - SIC

The Survival Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as 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. Activities include instructional technique, first aid, survival and field training, and ground navigation. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course - DSIC

The Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course provides cadets an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to become an instructor and team leader during drill and ceremonial activities. Activities include advanced drill, instructional techniques and leadership. Cadets applying for this course should be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

Fitness and Sports Instructor Course - FSIC

The Fitness and Sports Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a fitness and sports 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 corps / squadron during regionally directed activities and/or as a staff cadet at a CSTC. Activities include personal fitness and healthy living, conducting the Cadet Fitness Assessment, and leading recreational sports. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three by the end of the training year.

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course - ARMIC

The Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop marksmanship skills and knowledge, and to instruct and lead air rifle marksmanship activities. Activities include first aid, advanced marksmanship, instructional techniques and coaching. Cadets applying for this course should be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Three by the end of the current training year.

Music Camp Descriptions -

Military Band Basic Musician Course - MB-BMC

The Military Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Proficiency Level Two by the end of the training year.

Military Band Intermediate Musician Course - MB-IMC

The Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and military band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency

Military Band Advanced Musician Course - MB-AMC

The Military Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and military band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps' music programs. Activities include music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Military Band Music Level Basic, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Four / Gold Star / Proficiency Level Four.

Pipe Band - Basic Musician - PB-BMC

The Pipe Band – Basic Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, demonstrating rhythm skills, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should be 13–14 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Two / Red Star / Proficiency Level Two.

Pipe Band - Intermediate Musician - PB-IMC

The Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to support corps / squadron music programs. Activities include first aid, highland dance, maintaining a primary instrument, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, and performing ensemble music as a member of a band. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Two, be 14–15 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Three / Silver Star / Proficiency Level Three.

Pipe Band - Advanced Musician - PB-AMC

The Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Course provides cadets an opportunity to participate in advanced music training and pipe band activities, to prepare them to lead and instruct corps' music programs. Activities include highland dance, music theory, executing drill as a member of a band, performing ensemble music as a member of a band, leadership, and instructional technique. Cadets applying for this course should have obtained a Music Proficiency Level – Pipes and Drums Level Three, be 15–16 years of age, and have successfully completed Phase Four / Gold Star / Proficiency Level Four.

Drumline Specialization - Summer 2020

There will be a 3-week and 6-week drumline course at the Military Band Camps. Cadets will have the opportunity to expand their drumming skills and be part of a drumline at the summer camp.