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June 23, 2014

The majority of a cadet’s annual contact hours with CAP occur in the squadron. Counting fifty weekly squadron meetings alone, cadets spend over 100 hours at squadron activities, a total surpassing even a week-long encampment’s duration. No mater how amazing our summer activities are, it is only through vibrant local...

June 12, 2014

Young people learn best through personal experience. You can’t simply tell a kid what cadets do. You can’t simply show cadet life to them, either. Prospective cadets need to participate actively to see how exciting the Cadet Program is, and to decide if we’re a good match for their interests....

May 29, 2014

Starting this week when a cadet's promotion is approved in eServices their notification email will include a link to share the good news on Facebook.  If a cadet chooses to share the information a picture of their new grade insignia will post on their Wall.  Friends and family who follow...

November 6, 2013

We anticipate that the Cadet Encampment Guide and Cadet Encampment Handbook that have been in draft status for over a year will be finalized and published by Christmas, in time for the planning season for the summer '14 encampments. We know that there are a couple spring encampments out there....

September 30, 2013

We are continuing to craft a cadet protection policy (CPP) that reflects the latest wisdom from academic researchers and experts who work face-to-face with youth every day. Having received over 100 comments on the first draft, we know that this issue is important to everyone in the cadet community. Please...

September 9, 2013

When new cadets join CAP, NHQ mails them their cadet textbooks and other resources. The draft "New Cadet Guide" would collect some of those secondary resources under a single cover and, more importantly, provide step-by-step guidance for brand new cadets. How to wear the uniform, the Super Chart, and how...

August 15, 2013

Senior CAP leaders, cadets, academics, and experts from leading youth-serving organizations have helped CAP develop an enhanced Cadet Protection Policy. This draft policy is available for your review and comment. A white paper explains the context for an enhanced policy, an executive summary presents a list of proposed new rules,...

April 1, 2013

  Cadets, pin this tracker to your wall and record your progress in the Cadet Program. This new document, CAPVA 52-101, "Personal Cadet Tracker" is sort of like a mini "Cadet Super Chart" that's tailor-made for the individual cadet. We should've had something like this available a long time ago....

January 31, 2013

NDEP funds, provided by the Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office at the Pentagon, will allow CAP to implement an innovative “CAP STEM Kit Program” for our cadets and schools.  The kits will contain all the educational materials and tools necessary to provide hands-on, experiential learning in subject areas such...

January 15, 2013

Announcing the Cadet Honor Academy, the new regional program that prepares cadets to serve on color guards and honor guards while simultaneously furthering their individual character development. CHA is envisioned as a weekend activity, perhaps conducted concurrent with Region Cadet Leadership Schools. A new program guide offers interim guidance, and...

December 17, 2012

  A special message for the Honor Guard Academy and overall CAP cadet communities   The Honor Guard Academy has successfully introduced hundreds of cadets to honor guard principles and the drug-free message over the past several years, thanks to a dedicated staff who’ve done a superb job. Many have...

August 9, 2012

Apologies to the cadet community. Due to an in-house error, our “Cadet Encampment Guide” was released to DCPs and National Board members before it was ready for the community’s review. Encampment is the #1 cadet activity in terms of participation, so it’s no surprise that people have dived-in to a...

August 9, 2012

What's new and what's in the works in Cadet Programs? Read our briefing handout and/or visit the "Cadet News & Innovations" seminar at National Boards in Baltimore. We've prepared the handout to be as helpful and comprehensive as possible to people who are unable to join us at the conference.

July 25, 2012

On Saturday 04 August, all CAP members are invited to participate in a list of 1-hour webinars. You can join in from your home, office, or squadron during any of 5 different times. For more information, please check out the DDR Webpage at www.capmembers.com/ddr

March 7, 2012

Do you have a great success story or interesting presentation that would be suitable for delivery at CAP’s annual conference in August? Cadet Programs wants to put you on the stage! Please send proposals for your presentations, or ideas for presentations you’d like to see, to Steven Trupp (strupp@capnhq.gov) by...

October 31, 2011

“The only thing my squadron does for physical fitness is the cadet physical fitness test (CPFT) once a month. We have a few cadets that fail the CPFT time after time, and it’s making them discouraged about staying in the cadet program. Besides the fitness test, what can my squadron...

October 26, 2011

“My unit does not do anything with DDR. How do I get my cadets involved in this program?” A lot of units struggle with this issue so we went to some successful members and asked them about it. Lt Danny L. Carter, PCR-WA-069 says: 1. Find a senior and cadet that...

July 29, 2011

Have your squadron preserve history by interviewing a veteran and sending the interview to the Library of Congress. Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  VHP relies on volunteers to collect veterans’ stories on behalf of...

June 8, 2011

You’ve heard of wings hosting “aerospace days” and “leadership academies.” Why not a similar endeavor showcasing the character development aspects of cadet life?   National Character Day is a new, hands-on, wing-level activity that serves two purposes: (1)  Motivate cadets to take seriously issues of character and honor, while recommitting...

January 11, 2011

Announcing the (draft) “Cadets Take-Off” booklet. This 18-page handbook is designed to meet two needs that local leaders in the field have identified and been asking for help with.   First, “Cadets Take-Off” is a “tier 2” recruiting resource that can bridge the gap between the 1-page “Learn, Lead, &...

November 16, 2010

Let's celebrate those squadrons that have strong program fundamentals... Let's get even more squadrons pointed in the right direction... What's measured tends to be what gets done:  Enter the Quality Cadet Unit Award. Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earnthe Quality Cadet Unit Award. This new award...

July 20, 2010

Online testing, Learn to Lead, ORM, “character development.”  There have been a number of changes in Cadet Programs in the past year or two. Therefore, we think it’s time to update the cadet regulation, CAPR 52-16. The document you see at the right is a DRAFT. As always, we want...

January 13, 2010

Greetings, Gen Courter and I need your help. She has a vision of a strong and dynamic Cadet Alumni Association to reach out to the roughly one million former CAP cadets floating around this country of ours and allow them to reconnect.  Similar to a academic alumni association, a CAP...

November 12, 2009

Are CAP regulations easy to read? Can you quickly scan them and find what you're looking for? I can't. Dozens of members have told us that they like the layout that's been used for cadet publications over the past couple years. Therefore, we're considering taking publication design a step further...

September 23, 2009

Nine months ago, we launched the Cadet Blog with two main goals. First, we wanted to keep you better informed about Cadet Program news. Second, we wanted to let you sound off to us directly about the new activities, curricula, and support tools we have in the works. Judging by...

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