Cap Chat Army Cadet Summer Training Centre

Centre d'instruction d'été des Cadets de l'Armée Cap Chat

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Cap Chat 1984


The village of Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir survived the crisis of the Great Depression of 1929-1930, thanks to Mgr Caron’s initiative, a priest from the town. Despite much growth and positive enthusiasm, several fires throughout the years eventually led to the exodus of the inhabitants. Near the end of the 1990s, studies revealed that economic activity was non-existent in Saint-Octave-de-l’Avenir. Consequently, the government of Quebec decided to close up the village in 1970-1971.

In order to help youth from Gaspésie, the adults in the region decided to form a non-profit organisation. They took over all the buildings left in Saint-Octave, specifically the church, presbytery and school, to create an outdoor base.

Later on, contacts were established with the “Bureau de Cadets de la Force Mobile .” During the summer of 1972, approximately sixty cadets from the three elements, navy, air and army, officially inaugurated the first summer camp, Cap-Chat. The first Commanding Officer was Major Jacques Côté. He served from 1972 to 1975. The have been several Commanding Officers since then.

The camp was open to cadets from all three elements until 1982. However, in 1983, the camp became exclusively offered to Army Cadets and was commanded by Lcol Normand Lapointe. At the time, the mission was to train junior cadets (2 weeks) and cadets specializing in adventure training (6 weeks).
The mission of the camp changed in 1985 while it was still under Lcol Lapointe’s command. The junior cadets (2 weeks) were repatriated to the camp in Valcartier and in exchange Cap-Chat got senior cadets for a period of three weeks. This program began as a pilot project. The six-week cadet Adventure Leadership was a pilot project at the time as well. 
The camp has undergone several modifications since 1982 in order to improve cadet life and training. A beautiful parade square was built in 1983. In 1984, the organisation decided to enclose the outdoor pool and added offices. The additions and improvements particularly increased the diversity of training offered at the camp. 
Today, the Training Centre can accommodate approximately 80 officers, 40 Regular and Reserve Force personnel, 100 staff cadets and 400 cadets of which one-third are female. 



The Cap-Chat Army Cadet Summer Training Centre’s mission is to train cadets to be senior cadets. Senior cadet instructors train and specialize in: instruction of military drills and ceremonies, adventure training instruction, music instruction and cadet leader courses.


1. To promote the public image of the Training Centre and the Cadet Movement to familiarize the public with the cadet movement and its activities. This endeavour will also help promote local cadet corps. This year, the focus will be the Training Centre and Cadet Movement’s vision and our involvement in community projects, the open house, the 150th anniversary, the Cap-Chat mess and the Terry Fox run. 

2. To promote this public image to our own Canadian Forces unit members who are involved with the Training Centre to ensure a better understanding for its members, the objectives of the Canadian Cadet Movement and of the specific courses and activities offered at the Cap-Chat Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. 

3. To develop a sense of belonging in our staff by focusing on quality of life issues, personnel development, accountability, respect of others, the implementation of safety measures and professional excellence regarding our actions and our decisions. 

4. To develop a sense of accomplishment when completing tasks to encourage individual accountability while ensuring each individual has a good understanding of their role in the organisation. In addition, to identify the benefits of using as much from their personal lives as their military lives. 

5. To substantially improve the quality of instruction in a measurable way for each course offered that reflects the vision and objectives of the Eastern Region Cadet Movement. 

6. To reinforce support roles and services specific to each course to increase focus on services provided to cadets rather than administrative procedures, the “raison d’être” of the Cadet Training Centre ;

7. To promote cadet and member participation and interest concerning the benefits of daily sports and physical activities;

8. To promote community involvement and special activities that demonstrate to cadets their role in Canadian society and in the Canadian Armed Forces. 


Parents entrust us with their children and Cadet Corps look to us to enrich their cadets’ training. With this responsibility comes a moral obligation to the parents and Cadet Corps, which implies that we must carry out our responsibilities with great care. We also have a moral obligation to our subordinates to lead them as best we can in all situations. 

Fundamental Principles
• Respect the dignity of all individuals
• Serve the organisation before yourself
• Obey and implement the legal authority

Through these principles, we act according to our ethical obligations:

Loyalty: We are loyal to our superiors and trustworthy to our subordinates and colleagues;

Honesty: We are worthy of the trust instilled in us. We value honesty with high regard and act with integrity at all times;

Courage: We face all challenges, whether physical or mental, with resolve and strength of character;

Diligence: We undertake all of our duties with dedication and perseverance. We understand the obligation to accomplish our work with competence and strive for excellence; 

Justice: We are fair when dealing with others. We are just when making decisions and through our actions;

Responsibility: We accept our responsibilities and the consequences of our own actions.