About the Cadet Summer Training Centre

1968 – The Army Cadet Camp returned to Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. At the time, the location was intended to be temporary. Since then, the camp has offered activities such as adventure training, sports, recreational and competitive shooting, and other recreational activities.

1970 – Cadets participated in camps lasting two or six weeks, including a leadership course, a chief instructor course and specialized courses in shooting, physical fitness, and driver education. At that time, music was not yet being taught at the camp. Music instruction was initially given at a private school.

1975 – Female cadets attended the Valcartier camp for the first time. That summer, a new ceremony was introduced, which has since become a tradition: the remembrance parade. It honours the memory of the cadets who lost their lives while taking part in camp activities.

1980 – During the 1980s, new courses were offered, such as Phase I of the parachutist course, the Arctic indoctrination course and the photography course.

1986 – The Mont-Saint-Sacrement school of music became fully independent from the camp.

1990 – In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the photography course and the Arctic indoctrination course were discontinued. The parachutist course was moved to another camp. The changes were made because of the high cost of organizing those courses. However, two new courses were introduced at the Valcartier camp: the chief instructor and quartermaster course (6 weeks) and the basic shooting course (3 weeks).

1993 – New complexes made their appearance. In 1996, the long-awaited new summer camp opened its doors and was given the name it is still known by today: the Valcarter Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. Another focus at the Centre during the 1990s was community activities, including cleaning up the shoreline in Sillery and pulling up ragweed in the Quebec City area.

1998 - The Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary with a parade through Place Georges V in Quebec City’s Old Town, marking the first cohort’s graduation from the basic training course.

2002 – The year saw significant budget cuts, which led to major changes in the structure of the training centres, including the one at Valcartier. The St-Jean Cadet Summer Training Centre was closed, and two Air Cadet physical fitness courses (three weeks and six weeks) were transferred to Valcartier.

2004 – The Training Centre discontinued the quartermaster course, whose status had been in question for several years. That year, Quebec City granted honorary citizenship to the Centre as part of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets’ 125th anniversary celebrations.

2006 – The Cap-Chat Army Cadet Summer Training Centre was closed, which led to an increase in staff and trainees at the Valcartier centre. Two courses were also added: Chief Instructor Adventure Training and Drill and Ceremonial.

2008 – In the summer of 2008, a one-time course was created specifically for fourth-year cadets who wanted to develop their leadership and management skills: Chief Instructor Special Events Management. The cadets who took the course were directly involved in organizing several high-profile community events to celebrate both the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and the 40th anniversary of the Training Centre.

2009 – The Cadet Program Update took effect at the training centres. At Valcartier, the Basic Training course became General Training. It still lasted two weeks and was now common to all three environments: Army, Air and Sea Cadets. Also in 2009, the camp became the centre of excellence for all shooting and sports courses for the three environments in Eastern Region.

2010 – The six-week leadership courses became specialized basic courses: Basic Leadership, Basic Marksman, Basic Expedition, and Basic Fitness and Sports.

2011 - In the summer of 2011, the third stage of the Cadet Program Update was launched. The chief instructor courses were replaced by Expedition Instructor, Drill and Ceremonial Instructor, Fitness and Sports Instructor, Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor, and Military Band – Intermediate Musician.

Throughout its history, the Valcartier Cadet Summer Training Centre (or Valcartier Cadet Camp) has organized a wide range of activities for young people aged 12 to 18, including physical activity, recreational shooting, competitive shooting, drill, leadership, adventure and expedition training, music, swimming (first at Lac Hayes, then at Lac-à-l’île), abseiling, and games and other entertainment offered at the canteen.