WHAT IS A CADET 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 AN 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 AN 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!
SCHOLARSHIPS OR GRANTS
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS OR GRANTS TO HELP PAY FOR ENCAMPMENT?
Yes, some of the activities have grants or scholarships that can be applied for posted with their activity information. The Colorado CAP Foundation also offers scholarships or grants for NCSAs and Encampment.
Click on the link for the scholarships or grants page for additional information.