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The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Created in 1941, CAP was given three congressionally-mandated missions, which it continues to fulfill to this day: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.
The Cadet Program at Squadron 86 emphasizes four primary elements: Leadership, Aerospace, Fitness, and Character. During our weekly meetings, cadets are engaged in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, leadership lab, drill and ceremonies, physical fitness programs, orientation flights, and emergency services training.
CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. CAP cadets have the opportunity to participate in flight simulators, orientation flights, and a variety of other aviation and aerospace programs.
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.
Since its founding in 1941, CAP has continued to save lives through a myriad of emergency services and operational missions, including search-and-rescue, disaster relief, and humanitarian services.
Founded in 1976, Squadron 86 thrives to instill in our members our motto of "Excellence in Action" through rigorous and engaging courses and activities. Our cadet program is open to young people ages 12-20 and utilizes the traditions, values, customs and courtesies, of our parent organization, the United States Air Force.
During our weekly meetings, cadets are engaged in lectures and discussions in the classroom, covering topics such as the art (and science) of leadership, good citizenship, effective communication skills, and aerospace education. Cadets also partake in a variety of hands-on activities including orientation rides, model rocketry, and first aid. Additionally, as cadets are afforded the opportunity to participate in activities outside of the regular squadron meetings such as summer encampments, flight academies, search-and-rescue training, and the International Air Cadet Exchange. Overall, the curriculum and training provided by the Cadet Program helps youth to develop both their personal and team leadership skills.
Members of the senior staff at Squadron 86 serve as instructors and mentors to the cadets and are committed to seeing every cadet succeed in the Cadet Program—and in life. In brief, Squadron 86, and the Civil Air Patrol as a whole, seeks to transform its cadets into responsible citizens and leaders ready and willing to make positive contributions to their communities, be it that the local, national or global level.