Joining Instructions

Here is the information for cadets heading to Connaught and Blackdown this summer.




Summer Training


General Information

  •  All cadets applying for Army cadet summer training must be medically fit and submit an application for summer training. These applications are submitted using the FORTRESS - The National Administration System for the CCO, and are completed for cadets through their Corps staff.
  • Due to the remote location of some Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTCs), cadets with severe allergies or other medical conditions that may require rapid medical attention may be precluded from attending certain courses.
  • Applicants must have parent/guardian consent, and must be recommended by their Commanding Officer (CO).
  • The cadet must have successfully completed the required training level, and also meet any other prerequisite(s) specific to the course(s) for which the application is made.
  • A cadet’s 19th birthday must occur after the return travel date.
  • In all cases, the cadet must have demonstrated an interest in, and aptitude for, further Army cadet training.
  • Cadets who report for summer training and are found not to meet course prerequisites may be re-coursed or returned to unit, at the discretion of the CSTC CO.
  • A training bonus of $10 per day is paid to every cadet for each day of training they complete (to a weekly maximum of $60, and a course maximum of $360). Depending on the course and CSTC, this may be paid upon completion of the course, or portions of the bonus may be paid during the course.

General Training Course

This two-week course is intended for cadets 12-14 years of age who have completed their first year of cadet training. It introduces the cadet to life at a cadet summer training centre (CSTC) with a focus on the opportunities available through Army Cadet Summer Training. Activities include: a field exercise, team-building, air-rifle range, adventure training, tours, recreational sports, swimming, music training, general knowledge and citizenship.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Green Star training .

Training Centres: Blackdown (Borden, ON), or Valcartier QC, or Argonaught (Gagetown) NB


Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course

The aim of this three-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of followership, teamwork and leadership training, building upon what has been taught in Red Star of the Corps level program. This aim will be accomplished by the development of self-confidence, knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadet to a variety of followership, teamwork and leadership opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue leadership training at the Corps and on the Drill & Ceremonial Instructor course.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Red Star training .

Training Centres: Blackdown (Borden, ON), or Valcartier QC