STT conducts the outdoor camps for all courses at INA. The camps are aimed at promoting qualities of leadership, camaraderie and esprit-de-corps under conditions of extreme physical and mental stress. The camps are also a tool to assess OLQs of cadets. It is noteworthy that camps at INA have been ‘marinised’ and comprise a mix of seamanship activities, land endurance exercises, whaler sailing at sea and whaler pulling in the backwaters amongst others. Four camps are conducted every term and are as follows: -
Camp Rookie and Barracuda. Camp Rookie and Barracuda is conducted simultaneously for NOC (Reg &CG) and II term INAC and NOC (Ext) respectively. These outdoor camps comprise of route march, small arms firing, tent pitching, whaler rigging and pulling, raft making, punting and quadrathlon. Also, various seamanship evolutions, such as Swinging Derrick, Prussik Knot, Ropeway and Parbuckling are taught to trainees during these camps.
Camp Varuna and Samudramanthan. Camp Varuna and Samudramanthan is conducted simultaneously for VII term and IV term trainees respectively. Camp Varuna comprises of Whaler pulling (09 Nm), navigation and endurance runs, small arms firing, tent pitching, seamanship race, whaler rigging, bunker fortification exercise and quadrathlon. During Camp Samudramanthan the trainees are assessed for the seamanship exercise taught in II term camps, along with route march, land navigation exercise, small arms firing, tent pitching, whaler rigging and pulling, raft making, punting and quadrathlon.