The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer, non-profit organization that also serves as the civilian auxilary to the U.S. Air Force.  Our three missions are to develop youth through a cadet program, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perfom lifesaving humanitarian missions.

The program accepts new cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.  It is a year-round program with weekly meeting and additional activities on weekends or during the summer.  CAP is not a military or boarding school, but a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies.  Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders.  The leadership skills, self-confidence, and dicipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

To fulfil its goal of developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the Cadet Program is developed around fige program elements:  Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities.  As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors, and increased responsibilities along the way.

CAP isn't just for cadets.  CAP is for adults too.  Known as senior members, these adults participate as flight crew members, educators, mentors, and other roles within the squadron.

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