Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Summer attendance at a Cadet Training Centre (CTC) is an amazing opportunity offered to Sea Cadets (ages 12 and up). Cadets generally begin with General Training (two weeks) in their first year, and then in following years they can select training focusing on different areas including band, marksmanship, sailing, drill, and other areas. These “camps” vary from 3 weeks to 6 weeks in length. Like all the cadet programs, attendance at a CTC is free of charge including all transport. Many sea cadets go to Quadra on Vancouver Island, but training centres are located across the country. More information on the types of courses and their locations is published each year — see this sample for 2018This post gives you one parent’s perspective as her daughter leaves for her 2019 staff cadet posting to a CTC.

Going to a summer CTC is a great opportunity for cadets to make friends and get new perspectives, not to mention the intense training that is implemented during this timeframe. As cadets become more senior they may also be hired as instructors, providing them a source of summer income.

Cadets also have other opportunities for travel, including exchanges and opportunities to work with serving members of the Canadian Military on various military vessels. These are usually reserved for senior cadets who have demonstrated their suitability for such opportunities — that is, they have to show responsibility and common sense, as they will be representing their corps!