warning: this post contains a proud momma moment
Monday night took Nicholas took the test for Staff Sergeant – and passed!
I laugh when I tell people this, but he is living his life dream.
He is only 13.
As I said before, he has had his eye on joining the Civil Air Patrol since he was 10.
He joined when he was eligible, at the age of 12. And has been living his dream since.
The hardest part of this program for us personally? We like to travel, and attendance is imperative.
I have seen a difference in this child since joining The Civil Air Patrol. There is more discipline. And (because it is a requirement) he likes to keep his hair cut. <grin>
The goal of the Cadet Program is designed to give the Cadets the opportunity to develop leadership and technical skills and learn about aviation and space.
Benefits of Civil Air Patrol
- CAP introduces cadets to Air Force perspectives on leadership. This is done through classroom instruction, mentoring, and hands on learning. Cadets are first followers, and then progress to leading small teams. The best leaders are first followers. Leadership skills are developed that will be used throughout their adult lives.
- CAP inspires in youth a love of aviation, space, and technology. (Well, this is right up our alley) The participants study the fundamentals of aerospace science as well as fly an aircraft. Cadets who wish to fly can develop their skills – from beginner to licensed pilot – through local flight encampment, national flight academies and flight scholarships.
- The Cadet Program program promotes fitness and a lifestyle. Calisthenics and numerous physical activities, the cadets are taught and led to make good decisions for their body and live a healthy lifestyle.
- The Cadets are challenged to live out the Civil Air Patrol’s Core Values – integrity, volunteer service, excellence, respect.
- More than $250,000 in academic and flight training scholarships are available to cadets each year.
- The activities available are endless. Weekend activities may include O-flights, train for disaster relief and search and rescue missions, or take part in camping adventures. Basic encampments are offered each summer and winter, as well as specialized camps based on interests of the Cadets – aerospace, engineering, photography, radio communications, and much more. While there are some stipulations to many of these encampments, every participant will have the opportunity if he or she applies himself. The best part of all of these activities? The cadets have a blast! They are surrounded by peers with many of the same interests. Experiencing some of life’s greatest adventures along with good friends? It doesn’t get much better.
My momma heart is thrilled Nicholas is involved in this program. And even more so that he is progressing as he is. But mostly, I love that he is driving this ship.
Remember the youth sports programs where everyone gets a trophy?
The Civil Air Patrol is not a program where everyone wins.
It is up to each Cadet individually as to how quickly he progresses.
Dedication, discipline, determination. It’s required to be successful in anything in life.
The Civil Air Patrol is no different.
While each cadet is surrounded by support, tools, and encouragement to succeed, it is up to him (or her) individually to make it happen.
Eligibility for Civil Air Patrol
- A cadet must be at least 12 and no older than 18.
- A cadet may remain in the program until age 21.
- National, state, and regional dues are required on a yearly basis. Dues vary from state to state.
Do I believe the Civil Air Patrol is for every child? No. Nor is homeschooling, football, violin lessons….
Every child is unique. Let them be.
But if your child has an interest in aviation or aerospace, it will provide a great foundation for them – as well as offer one of a kind opportunities throughout the years.