Attending summer training is a rewarding experience and each cadet is encouraged to apply. This opportunity will allow you to meet people from across Canada and acquire really interesting skills.
These training courses are not offered specifically by 51 Squadron but are coordinated and delivered by training centres here in Ottawa and in every region of Canada.
Each year, the Squadron receives an allotted number of spaces for various summer training opportunities. The number of spaces is based on the number of cadets registered in the Squadron and will fluctuate from year to year. Due to the limited amount of space and allocation for summer training, each cadet that applies for summer training will be reviewed thoroughly by the staff based on their attendance, ability, drill, dress and general attitude.
Please note that most courses place some cadets on a waitlist. If a cadet does not initially receive an offer of participation, the cadet will be placed on a waitlist pending any openings.
Cadet Activity Program (CAP)
This program for junior cadets is delivered here in Ottawa. It is almost completely held in a day training format where parents/guardians drop off cadets in the morning and retrieve them in late in the afternoon.
Year 1: 5-day experience that allows cadets opportunities to build confidence and meet other cadets through participation in fun, safe, challenging, and well-organized activities in their local areas. This experience is day only (no overnight). Cadet participants are generally aged 12-13 and are about to enter their second year of training at the squadron.
Year 2: 12-day experience that allows cadets opportunities to build leadership and interpersonal skills through participation in fun, safe, challenging, and well-organized activities in their local areas. This experience includes a small overnight portion related to aircrew survival. Cadet participants are generally aged 13-14 and are about to enter their third year of training at the squadron.
Cadet Training Centre (CTC)
These summer training experiences for senior cadets range from 3 weeks to 7 weeks in duration and are generally located within Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) facilities. You normally start off with a three-week summer course, and the duration increases as you go along. These courses allow you to develop specialist knowledge and skills in one part of the cadet program such as aviation, aircrew survival, physical fitness, marksmanship, drill, or music. Not only are they free to attend, but cadets also receive a monetary weekly training allowance of $60.
These experiences for senior cadets are intended to issue cadets with Transport Canada licences to operate glider or powered aircraft. They range from 6 to 7 weeks in duration and are held at CTCs or private flight schools across Quebec. Applications for these courses require a written examination and interview.
Staff Cadet Opportunities
Cadets sixteen years of age and older may also apply for positions as staff cadets at either CAPs or CTCs in a variety of positions. These cadets receive a daily advanced training allocation of at least $86.
For more information visit the official Summer training page.