The dates for the California Wing Encampment for 2017 are 13-20 June at Camp San Luis Obispo. Pre-Encampment will start on 10 June for Cadre and selected Senior Staff. We understand that there are some school districts in California that don’t end instruction/finals until after 10 June. We apologize – these were the only dates we were able to reserve the facilities we need for the encampment. As other wings determine their encampment dates, we will publish them for those cadets who need encampment but who are not able to attend the California Wing Encampment. With parental intervention, some students may be able to speed up their end-of-term testing and leave school a few days early – we encourage that as an option as well. We may be able to work with Cadet Cadre who are unable to attend all of Pre-Encampment but who can be there for the entire encampment itself. Watch this page for more information about your encampment options in 2017!
– Lt Col Grace Edinboro, CAP
CAWG Encampment Commander
Wednesday was a busy day for your cadets! They began with their first Group level PT (physical training), lead by their Group Superintendent, C/Capt Brown. At 0900, the California Army National Guard began flying cadets in the CH-47 Chinook! Not … Continue reading →
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino Four days into the 2016 CAWG Encampment and the action continues to be exciting! Cadets continued orientation flights in the Cessna 182; we completed … Continue reading →
There was a lot of excitement in Monday’s schedule! Early in the morning, cadets were awakened by their flight cadre to begin PT. Today the Cadet Training Group participated in Orientation Rides at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. This activity enables cadets to learn more about the Aerospace Education mission of CAP. Cadets received a 60-minute Orientation Flight in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182! Flights also went through the Obstacle Course, which is highly physically demanding. Today’s obstacles helped cadets realize that by coming together as a team, each could succeed.
Ending this eventful day, cadets were inspected by the Squadron Commander and First Sergeant for the first time, and teamwork and discipline were heavily emphasized. The cadets are learning and improving each day. As they come together as a team, they continue to improve. Make sure to keep updated with your cadets by checking back daily during encampment!
“In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
Sunday provides a pivotal moment as the students at encampment continue to work with their flight staff and fellow students, as well as experience their first inspection. After constructive direction, the students begin coming together as a team while they train.
The students participated in their daily physical training and attended either religious services (Protestant or Catholic) or a character development class. After services (or character development), students learned about how cadets can transition to military careers. During a subsequent class on Customs and Courtesies, students learned military traditions related to respecting others. Students received a briefing on how to conduct a preflight inspection to prepare the students for their upcoming orientation flights. Flight staff took advantage of time between classes to practice volleyball for the upcoming competition later in the week. The flight staff continued to train their students on drill and ceremonies as well as barracks skills, concluding with an inspection to check on progress.
For each cadet to succeed at encampment, they must learn to rely on their teammates and their flight to accomplish more than they can accomplish on their own. Keep checking our page for daily updates and new photos!
“What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston
Cadets attend encampment to learn and build as both an individual and a team while at encampment. In-processing and the beginning in the journey is now past as the students continue their commitment to the program.
Day Two began with an intense environment as the day before revealed. The students were directed to physical training with their flight in the early morning and then marched to the Commander’s Welcome. Colonel Edinboro spoke to the students about how challenging this activity will be to each and every one of them. The students were then introduced to the Wingman, showing teamwork and dedication to one another. The Warrior Spirit was also introduced to the students in how they must prove themselves and defend each other in any event. Later, the students were educated in CAP and its historical relevance. Further training continued in the proper wear of the CAP uniforms and proper discipline. The flight staff began teaching the cadets proper Drill & Ceremonies movements. The students had their first barracks inspection. The purpose of the barracks skills is to practice and perform their understanding of attention to detail.
These students are continuing their training and are in the beginning phases of encampment. They will continue to train as both an individual as well as a team. Continue following us for more daily updates!
And so it begins! The 41st California Wing encampment has started with a motivated and enthusiastic staff working diligently to train the newest students. Students from all around the state and even students from Nevada and Utah Wings have come to … Continue reading →
Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available this year to cover encampment fees, uniforms, transportation, and other costs associated with our encampment program, with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets. This is great news and evidence of the Air Force’s pride in the accomplishments of CAP cadets and enthusiasm for their future. If a cadet wants to attend an encampment this summer, financial considerations should not be a factor holding them back.
Who can participate?
Assistance is available only to first-time encampment attendees participating in a Summer 2016 encampment. It is targeted towards helping low income cadets attend encampment.