Cadet Summer Training 2022 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Planning Update FAQs

Q1. How is summer 2022 planning progressing?

Cadets and Junior Cadet Rangers (CJCR) staff have been diligently focused on the planning required for in-person summer training for the first time in two years. The on-going pandemic and its impact has generated significant challenges across the world and CJCR planners have worked by adapting and innovating to adjust summer training to this new reality.

Plans for summer 2022 Cadet Activity Programs (CAPs) and Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) are being finalized, but modifications to the original announced plan are required in light of limitations to available civilian and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support staff. Despite this, we remain committed to offering an in-person summer experience to as many cadets as possible.

We still intend to run 12 in-person CTCs during summer 2022, but to ensure safety, our ability to meet training objectives, and the quality of experience for cadets, we have modified the number of available cadet positions to reflect current and anticipated support staff availability. This requires some planned courses to be relocated and a limited number of courses to be cancelled.

We remain committed to delivering Cadet Activity Programs in communities across the country as detailed under the Cadet Program Rescope, and planning for summer 2022 CAPs is still on-going. Our initial planning focus has been on the more complex CTC details, but we anticipate having a fuller update on Summer 2022 CAPs in the near future.

Q2. What modifications are necessary for cadet summer training in 2022?

We still intend to run 12 in-person CTCs during summer 2022, but to ensure safety, our ability to meet training objectives, and the quality of experience for cadets, we have modified the number of available cadet positions to reflect current and anticipated support staff availability. This requires some planned courses to be relocated and a limited number of courses to be cancelled.

The full extent of the impact of these changes is not yet known as plans are continuing to evolve. In some cases, cadets will be offered positions on courses at a location different than originally expected. In others, an in-person CTC experience will unfortunately no longer be available. We continue to explore options to limit the impact to as few cadets as possible.

We are grateful for the on-going support we have received from both our CAF and industry partners. Regular engagement enabled us to adapt and modify our plans with agility to avoid the need for more drastic modifications to in-person summer CTC training.

CJCR staff remain dedicated to the summer training goals outlined in the Cadet Program Rescope, and those goals are not changing. Although we are not able to offer as many summer experiences as we originally announced, we are proud that for the first time in two years in-person CTCs and CAPs will take place. This year we may be limited to crawling, but we aim to walk and eventually run in the future.

Q3. Why are these modifications necessary?

In addition to Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO) personnel and staff cadets, summer CTCs require both CAF and civilian support staff in areas such as feeding, administration, health services, transport, and security to ensure cadet safety and the effective delivery of training goals. As we work to recover from the pandemic, Canada is faced with a nation-wide labour shortage and the CCO are not immune to its effects. We anticipated some staffing challenges, but the full extent has only recently become known.

We are grateful for the on-going support we have received from both our CAF and industry partners. Regular engagement enabled us to adapt and modify our plans with agility to avoid the need for more drastic modifications to in-person summer CTC training.

Q4. What if additional staff support becomes available?

CJCR staff remain dedicated to the summer training goals outlined in the Cadet Program Rescope, and those goals are not changing. Although we are not able to offer as many summer experiences as we originally announced, we are proud that for the first time in two years in-person CTCs and CAPs will take place. This year we may be limited to crawling, but we aim to walk and eventually run in the future.

Our overall goal remains ensuring safety, our ability to meet training objectives, and the quality of experience for cadets. This modified scope of our CTC plans reflects our agility to adapt to current and anticipated support staff levels in commitment to those goals. We are still working to identify staff to fill vacancies and all personnel will be staffed as appropriate within this modified plan.

Q5. What courses are affected by these modifications?

To determine how to modify our 2022 summer course offerings, a number of factors were considered including staff support requirements, cadet interest and demand, and the course’s role in overall Cadet development. Based on this analysis, six of the courses originally announced will not be delivered in-person at CTCs this summer. These courses are:

  • Music (Pipes and Drums) – This specialized course is supported by training at the corps and squadron level throughout the year. In addition, a low number of applications were received for 2022 and current demand requires more staff than cadet students. We are continuing to explore options to offer this course without CTC attendance.
  • Ship’s Boat Operator – A low number of applications were received in 2022 for this supplemental course which relies on the Whaler platform. After two years of limited on-water training, Sea Cadet summer training in 2022 requires focus on foundational Seamanship courses to qualify cadets for future advanced seamanship courses.
  • Leadership and Challenge – This supplemental course requires contracted advance training and specialized medical staff to deliver due to the intense, high-impact activities it includes. Due to staffing and contracting challenges, we are unable to offer this course in 2022.
  • Advanced Aerospace – This highly specialized course was delivered nationally at a single CTC. Due to limited staff support, the course is cancelled to ensure the successful delivery of core glider flying courses.
  • Aviation Technology and Aerospace – This introductory Air Cadet course does not lead into any follow-on courses currently in the Air Cadet curriculum. The decision was made not to run this course in 2022 to allow for a focus on fundamental aviation theory and flying training.
  • Cadet Administration and Supply Assistant – The decision was made not to run this trial course in 2022 to allow for better curriculum development and an enhanced training experience for cadets. As this is a trial course, it also does not directly support corps and squadron annual training.
Q6. How many cadets will be affected by these changes?

The full extent of the impact of these changes is not yet known as plans are continuing to evolve. In some cases, cadets will be offered positions on courses at a location different than originally expected. In others, an in-person CTC experience will unfortunately no longer be available. We continue to explore options to limit the impact to as few cadets as possible.

While this news is disappointing, CJCR staff remain dedicated to the summer training goals outlined in the Cadet Program Rescope, and those goals are not changing. Although we are not able to offer as many summer experiences as we originally announced, we are proud that for the first time in two years in-person CTCs and CAPs will take place. This year we may be limited to crawling, but we aim to walk and eventually run in the future. 

Q7. What about offering the courses at CAPs instead?

After careful consideration, we have determined that shifting these courses to CAPs will not be viable given overall staffing levels.

We remain committed to delivering Cadet Activity Programs in communities across the country as detailed under the Cadet Program Rescope, and planning for summer 2022 CAPs is still on-going. Our initial planning focus has been on the more complex CTC details, but we anticipate having a fuller update on Summer 2022 CAPs in the near future.

CJCR staff remain dedicated to the summer training goals outlined in the Cadet Program Rescope, and those goals are not changing. Although we are not able to offer as many summer experiences as we originally announced, we are proud that for the first time in two years in-person CTCs and CAPs will take place. This year we may be limited to crawling, but we aim to walk and eventually run in the future.

Q8. Will cadets who applied on a course that has been relocated or cancelled be offered the opportunity to participate in another summer training opportunity?

The full extent of the impact of these changes is not yet known as plans are continuing to evolve. In some cases, cadets will be offered positions on courses at a location different than originally expected. In others, an in-person CTC experience will unfortunately no longer be available. We continue to explore options to limit the impact to as few cadets as possible, including exploring possibilities for inviting applications for any unfilled vacancies. Information will be communicated via Corps and Squadron staff once it is available.

Q9. When can cadets expect to be informed of course selections?

Plans for summer 2022 CAPs and CTCs are being finalized, including the preparation of letters of offer. We anticipate they will be available in the coming weeks.

General FAQs

Q1. Will summer 2022 have in-person camps like in 2019?

We are optimistic that in-person training will be possible in 2022.

We remain committed to the safety of our staff and cadets which may require adaptations in response to the changing COVID environment.

Planning for 2022 Cadet Summer Training is on-going at this time, and details are still being finalized. 

Q2. What changes are coming to cadet summer training for 2022?

Using lessons learned throughout the pandemic we are adapting to make better use of our resources.

Starting in summer 2022:

  • First year cadets will be offered a 5-day decentralized Cadet Activity Program (CAP) day camp.
  • Second year cadets who will be offered a 12-day CAP which includes 3 overnights focused on practical leadership development.
  • Third year or higher cadets will be offered to participate in activities ranging from 2-7-weeks located at one of 12 centralized Cadet Training Centres (CTCs).
  • Cadets sixteen and older may also apply for positions as staff cadets at either CAPs or CTCs. 

We are making changes so more cadets can be offered a summer experience option and benefit more equitably from this new training model that includes both CAP and CTC summer training.

Q3. If there are fewer Cadet Training Centres (CTCs), how is that a benefit to the program?

We are making changes so more cadets can be offered a summer experience option to participate in a Cadet Activity Program (CAP) or CTC summer training.

In 2022 we plan to operate:

  • 12 centralized CTCs, each CTC attended by cadets representing all three elements; and
  • more than 200 community-based CAPs will take place across the country 
Q4. Why is the overall number of Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) being reduced?

An evidence-based analysis was conducted of all CTCs run in 2019 to determine how best to optimize our CTC footprint for 2022 and deliver a summer training program aligned with the Cadet Program Rescope goals.

The analysis included considerations such as:

  • cost,
  • facility access and conditions,
  • future potential,
  • ability to meet our requirements, and
  • use by other groups both during the summer and through the year.

Consideration was also made to ensure the CTCs remain dispersed across the country and do not over-burden one region in required support.

Q5. Will there be any changes to the length of the courses delivered at Cadet Training Centres (CTCs)?

Yes. Starting in 2022:

  • First year cadets will be offered an opportunity to participate in a 5-day decentralized Cadet Activity Program (CAP) day camp. 
  • Second year cadets will be offered a 12-day CAP which includes 3 overnights focused on practical leadership development. 
  • Third year or higher cadets an opportunity to participate in activities ranging from 2-7-weeks located at one of 12 centralized Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) dispersed across Canada.
Q6. What can I expect from the Cadet Activity Programs (CAPs), and will they be offered across all Canadian Communities?

The CAPs are decentralized summer day camps that augment the corps/squadron’s program for all first-year and second-year cadets.

The dynamic citizenship, fitness, and CAF/Canadian Cadet Organizations familiarization activities offered will leverage CAF and community facilities to provide an elevated experience linked to the Cadet Program aims and objectives.

We anticipate that in 2022 more than 200 of these community-based CAPs will take place across the country resulting in experiences being offered to all first and second year cadets.

Q7. There is only one “HMCS” Cadet Training Centres (CTC)? Does that mean all sea cadets will go to B.C.?

No, in 2022 we plan to operate 12 centralized CTCs, each CTC is attended by cadets from all three elements. Despite its name, like all CTC’s, HMCS Quadra accommodates and provides summer training to cadets representing all three elements.

We intend to conduct sail activities in locations located across the country, including HMCS Quadra and Bagotville CTCs, who traditionally offer sailing activities and a third facility easily accessible from one of our other CTCs. The third location is still to be determined.

Q8. Why aren’t there Cadet Flying Training Centres (CFTC’s) anymore? Is there still flight training?

The use of the term Cadet Training Centres (CTC) better reflects the tri-service reality of our camps. 

In 2022, we intend to conduct flying activities in three locations:

  • Trenton CTC using Mountainview facilities in Central Region;
  • St-Jean CTC in Eastern Region; and 
  • Northwest CTC at a location to be determined in Northwest Region.
Q9. Won’t less Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) mean less employment opportunities for COATS members and staff cadets?

No. We expect to employ the same amount as we have in the past for local Cadet Activity Programs (CAP) or traditional CTC activities. 

Q10. What factors were considered when choosing not to run specific Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) in 2022?

Although many factors were considered, the CTCs we decided not to run in 2022 are generally:

  • not located within National Defence property and therefore require a contracted lease; 
  • removed from cadet populations; 
  • assessed as having limited potential for future use; 
  • a higher cost per cadet per day overall; and 
  • do not meet our operational requirements for 2022.

Even though we will not accommodate cadets at these locations in 2022, we are still in our initial planning stages and exploring options for use of some facilities for specific activities as appropriate.

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