Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol has been conducting Summer Encampments for many years in many different locations. We each have a favorite location that embodies encampment for us, and we are fortunate to find new and exciting opportunities at each location. Some locations have better food, some have better lodging, and some have better scenery. But they all have one thing in common: a great summer encampment experience!
During the week long, Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol Summer Encampment, cadets will receive an introduction to the military cadets will attend classes covering topics such as the U.S. Air Force structure and mission, aerospace power and heritage; CAP emergency services, aerospace education and the cadet program; plus aerospace career opportunities and requirements. Cadets will participate in drill and ceremonies, and physical fitness activities, daily. Orientation flights in gliders and powered aircraft provide the chance for cadets to experience flying first hand.
Throughout all activities, cadets apply knowledge gained in the cadet and senior programs to practical situations, develop a greater understanding of CAP and Air Force missions and capabilities, develop their leadership potential, enhance their interpersonal skills, develop time-management skills, develop a spirit of teamwork, inspire a sense of discipline and learn how to overcome challenges and succeed. In addition the values of discipline, teamwork, personal responsibility, sportsmanship, confidence, and respect are taught and encouraged.
An encampment can be the most significant and worthwhile training experience of a CAP cadet’s membership. Training is what the encampment is all about. To achieve the overall goals, a positive attitude is essential. Each staff member has an obligation to learn as much as possible and to offer the highest quality of training to others. The staff must always remember that their first duty is to the members of the basic flight.
Encampment attendance aids in retention and motivation of attendees. Cadet who attend enhance their local unit’s Cadet Program though the application of their knowledge gained at encampment.