Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp

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1947-1993

In the summer of 1943, Army Cadet Camps were organized in eleven locations across Canada for 10 days duration each. In the summer of 1947, the first experimental six-week camp was held at the Ipperwash Military Camp on Lake Huron, North of Sarnia, Ontario. Originally opened on 28 January 1942 as A29 Canadian Infantry Training Centre. Although A29 CITC ceased operations in 1945, the camp remained open as a training centre for the Regular Force, Reserves. In 1946, the camp was used as a two-week summer camp for army cadets, as an experiment. It was a success and as a result was expanded in 1947 as the summer home of the Central Command Cadet Camp. Cadets attended Basic Training, Signaling, Driver-Mechanics, and Senior Leaders courses. In 1948, the camp was further expanded and paved the way for similar camps in Dundurn, Vernon and Aldershot in the late 1940s and early 50s. In 1994, because of a First Nation land claim, the Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp moved to Canadian Forces Base Borden, and was renamed the Blackdown Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. Over the course of its 46 years existence, over 100,000 cadets and staff passed through its gates. 

Ipperwash, 1986 (DND)

Like it's counterparts in Vernon, Farnham, Aldershot and later Valcartier and Argonaut, there was a great sense of belong when attending the camp. Ipperwash's H-Hut barracks were home to 1500+ cadets every summer.