The CAP cadet program is unique in that it combines leadership and aviation as its cornerstone. Cadets progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and character development. Each year a one week summer encampment is held. Ohio currently holds their encampment at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in June. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others.
Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level that involve leadership training, survival training, flight training, and USAF specialty training familiarization. Flight encampments provide the opportunity for cadets to solo in an airplane. From Astronaut Eric Boe: “I made my first solo flight at a CAP encampment.” The International Air Cadet Exchange Program lets cadets travel abroad in a 10 day worldwide program with the goal of promoting goodwill and fellowship through the common interest of aviation. At home, there are numerous major air shows throughout the nation where CAP provides assistance.
Learn more about CAP. View our Introduction to CAP presentation.
Also visit the Ohio Wing Cadet Programs page
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