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HCS Announcements - Oct 27, 2019

October 27, 2019




  • What is Encampment?

    • Encampment is a basic introduction to the military way of life and is an opportunity to experience leadership from both a follower’s and leader's point of view. Encampment is a unique training opportunity because of the week long "total immersion" concept that introduces cadets to a military environment at an active military installation. Although encampment is not a military boot camp, it is intense training! It is an excellent way for cadets to meet new cadets from throughout the Wing and aids in establishing an “esprit de corps” among the “next generation” of cadet leaders. 

  • Who should attend Encampment?

    • Most cadets who are current members of CAP and who have not previously attended an encampment should attend encampment at their first available opportunity. This is essential training and is especially important for most new cadets. Although Colorado Wing has had great success with the youngest cadets at encampment, it is possible that some of the youngest and newest CAP cadets will be best served if they attend encampment during their second cycle of eligibility. Parents of very new cadets or cadets under age 14 should discuss the encampment environment with squadron commanders and make the attendance decision based on the maturity level of the individual cadet as compared to other cadets of similar age and experience. The attendance decision should also factor in that encampment attendance is a big success factor in membership renewal after the first year of membership.

  • Why should a Cadet attend Encampment? 

    • It is a requirement to achieve the Billy Mitchell Award and the promotion to cadet officer. 

    • It is required prior to participation in many National and Wing-sponsored special activities (NCSAs). 

    • It provides an outstanding leadership and training forum for new cadets and cadet staff members. It provides an opportunity to meet cadets from other squadrons and begin lasting friendships. 

    • It provides an opportunity for cadets to learn about the military and to live in a military environment. 

    • Studies show that encampment attendance during the first year of membership increases retention in CAP. Cadets attending encampment are much more likely to renew membership after the first year. 

    • Encampment completion provides an opportunity for cadets to become staff members at subsequent encampments and many other activities!

  • Winter Encampments 

    • Who: Cadets who have never attended an encampment

    • What: Kansas is not having their winter encampment this year; however, some other states are. It is NOT required to attend a winter encampment. Here is information for some that are. These applications need to be done ASAP, yesterday. Sorry I didn’t get this out sooner. I hadn’t been watching these as close, but recently learned Utah is doing a winter encampment this year.

    • Utah Winter Encampment: Dec 26 - Dec 31, this is a short encampment compared to most. But will meet the requirements for attending and being able to sign up for Summer NCSA’s. Application due, Nov 1st.

    • Link to all Winter Encampment info: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/encampment 

    • NOTE: Many of the Encampment registration dates are fast approaching. If you are seriously interested, I would recommend emailing the Encampment Contact on the Winter Encampment page and letting them know you are interested, just learned about the Winter Encampment, and ask if they will accept a late application that you are trying to get the application processed as quickly as possible. The application needs to be approved by the Wing Commander, so can take a little time to receive all signatures. 


  • Flag Retirement Ceremony 

    • Who: Cadets/Senior members 

    • What: Learn about and participate in a Flag Retirement Ceremony.

    • When: Saturday, Nov 9th, 2019 @ 11:00 am

    • Where: VFW Post 322, 3800 S. Windermere St. Englewood, CO 80110

    • RSVP: 1st Lt Tami Clements - Cedesalexis@hotmail.com 


  • Winter and Summer NCSA’s ** Winter Applications now open**

    • Who: Cadets who have attended an encampment & Senior members

    • What: There are a few winter NCSA’s, such as the Civic Leadership Academy in DC.

      • Summer NCSA’s are also beginning to be posted, but applications will not open till Dec. 1st.

    • NCSA Website: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/activities/national-cadet-special-activities 

      • Website seems to be currently down, checking on this. Keep trying though.

    • Deadline for Winter NCSA applications: Nov 15th, 2019

    • Deadline for Summer NCSA applications: NOT YET OPEN, Opens Dec. 1st.


  • SEAP and Other Summer Activities *NEW*

    • Who: Cadets

    • What:  These are just activites, NON-CAP, that I have found that people may find helpful. These are not endorsed or promoted by CAP.

      • SEAP (Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program) - Provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy laboratory during the summer. A stipend for the summer is provided.

        • Application Deadline for summer 2020 is Nov 1st, 2019.   

    • Other Summer Activites URL: https://coloradowingcap.org/squadrons-and-units/highlander-composite/summer-activities 


  • CAP Scholarships and Financial Assistance (CadetInvest) ** Applications now open **


  • VFW College Scholarships

    • Who: Cadets in Middle School and High School

    • Grades 6 - 8: Patriots Pen Scholarship

      • National 1st Place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, State 1st Place winner receives a minimum of $500, and all expense paid trip to Washington DC.

      • Witten essay

      • Deadline: Oct 31st, 2019

    • Grades 9 - 12: Voice Of Democracy Scholarship

      • National 1st Place Winner receives a $30,000 scholarship, State 1st Place winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, and an all expense paid trip to Washington DC.

      • Audio essay

      • Deadline: Oct 31st, 2019

    • Website: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships 


  • Flight Training Scholarships

    • Who: Middle School and High School

    • What: Wings Over the Rockies will be offering flight training scholarships starting in September. Scholarships will cover working towards glider or power private licences. More info to come.

    • Website: https://wingsmuseum.org/education-4/programs/

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