About Civil Air Patrol
"Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,255 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years."
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded in 1941, just before the start of World War II. After the war, Congress created the United States Air Force in 1947 and named CAP as the Air Force's official civilian auxiliary in 1948. 2008 is the 67th anniversary of CAP. CAP operates the world's largest fleet of single engine aircraft (535), the largest emergency communications network in the nation, and a fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles.
Geographically, CAP is divided into 8 Regions and 52 Wings, one for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Many Wings, especially those with large populations and/or large geographic areas, are divided into Groups. Each Group is made up of from 5 to 9 Squadrons. The squadron is the community-level unit of CAP and is the heart of the organization. The squadron is the basic operational unit and all higher echelons exist to support the squadron. CAP National Headquarters (NHQ) is located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. NHQ has a paid support staff of about 100.
About Evergreen Composite Squadron
Evergreen Composite Squadron (ECS) is part of Group 1 of the Colorado Wing, Rocky Mountain Region. Group 1 has 8 squadrons in the Denver Metro Area south of Interstate 70. ECS is the westernmost squadron in Group 1 and has members from the mountain communities of Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Bailey, Idaho Springs, Morrison, and Summit County, west of the Continental Divide. As a Composite Squadron, ECS has cadet and adult members and conducts training and activities for both.
ECS currently has 31 cadets and 23 adult members and is in a growth phase. ECS participates in all three of CAP's missions. We place emphasis on Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services (ES). Several adult and cadet members have Emergency Services qualifications and participate regularly in training and actual missions. We have an active ES training program with many squadron members in training to attain ES qualifications. We are also proud of our Cadet Programs and have an energetic and highly motivated group of cadets. Cadet Programs places emphasis on discipline, learning leadership skills, character development, physical fitness, teamwork, community service and Aerospace Education. The cadets plan, organize and conduct most squadron meetings and activities. ECS is very active in Aerospace Education. In addition to activities and field trips outside of regular meetings, we dedicate one monthly meeting to Aerospace Education for our members. ECS partcipates in the Aerospace Excellence (AEX) program. This involves some specialized training activities approved by CAP National Headquarters.
About CAP Membership
Youth, aged 12 through 18, may apply for membership in the CAP Cadet Program. Those 19 and older must apply for adult membership (i.e. Senior Members). Youth that join the Cadet Program before turning 19 may remain in the Cadet Program until age 21. You need not be a pilot to join CAP. In fact, only a very small percentage of CAP members are pilots. As a CAP volunteer, there are many ways that you can serve. To find out more, go to the CAP National Website at http://gocivilairpatrol.com and do a bit of exploring. If you want to learn more or have specific questions, visit ECS as a guest at one of our regular meetings. We encourage prospective members to visit several meetings before making a commitment to join CAP. For prospective cadet members, we request that one or both parents attend at least one meeting with their son or daughter. In this way, parents can meet with the commander or his representative to learn more about the Cadet Program and its goals. Success in the CAP Cadet Program requires a commitment from the cadet and his/her parents.
Adults are welcome to participate in CAP. No prior military service or special skills are required. Whether you want to help chaperone cadets once in a while or become a full-fledged senior member active in CAP missions, we would love to have you get involved in CAP. Parents Committees help arrange carpools, plan social events, raise funds, and connect the squadron to your hometown by serving on an informal parents' committee. Cadet Sponsor Members occasionally support cadets as a chaperone or driver. Senior Members take a leadership role in the Cadet Program, and/or participate in CAP's aerospace education and emergency services missions.
As part of the application process, all Senior Member and Cadet Sponsor Member applicants are fingerprinted and undergo a background check by the FBI. This, along with other CAP policies and procedures, known as Cadet Protective Practices, is an assurance to parents that they can entrust the safety and supervision of their sons and daughters to the adult leadership of CAP.
National CAP dues for cadets are $38 initially. Initial national dues for senior members are $72. Annual membership renewals are $38 for cadets and $62 for Senior Members. Additionally, ECS cadets pay squadron dues of $30 annually, due in October. Squadron dues payable upon joining CAP are prorated to the following October.
Although CAP Cadets wear the Air Force style uniforms and CAP uses a command structure similar to the Air Force, no military obligation is incurred by joining CAP.