Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a variety of summer training opportunities throughout their career. Summer training courses offer more in-depth study and experience in a variety of different subject areas, and builds off of the training that is conducted at the Squadron. Air Cadets may apply for courses in: physical fitness, drill and ceremonial, aviation, aviation technology, air crew survival, marksmanship and music. Summer courses progress in scope and difficulty, and the intermediate and advanced level courses require the pre-requisite of completing certain training levels.
There are no costs to attend summer training, with transportation, lodging and meals being provided by the Department of National Defence. Cadets will be paid an allowance for each week of training in order to cover their incidental expenses.
There are limited spots available for each summer training course, and therefore not all cadets who apply will be selected for training. There is no guarantee that those who apply will be accepted for summer training. Cadets applying to both types of courses (regional and national) will be ranked by the Squadron Commanding Officer based on the following criteria:
Attendance in regular training
Attendance in mandatory parades
Participation in fundraising activities
Drill, dress and deportment
Recommendation of the level officer
These rankings are then sent to the Regional Cadet Support Unit, who will allocate cadets to courses according to quotas for the various Areas in Ontario. The Squadron generally receives Offers of Participation for cadets around late-April to mid-May.
Cadet units in the Toronto area are assigned specific serials for the 2-week and 3-week courses. Please see below for the dates for the courses, which are exclusive of travel days.
Central Region courses (Ontario):
dates are approximate as they slightly vary each year.
2-week courses: Serial B, 23 July-3 August
3-week courses: Serial A, 9-27 July
6-week courses: 9 July-17 August