Here are the words you’ve been longing to hear…the CAWG 2021 Summer Encampment is quickly approaching! Save the dates of 26 June – 6 July 2021 so you can be sure to be part of the team that makes encampment a successful and memorable highlight for all of the participating cadets.
It is my honor to serve as the Chief Training Officer this year. We are looking for at least 28 senior members who will join the Training Officer team to ensure the cadet students and staff have the support they need to be successful. This staff role offers both experienced and new supporters of the Cadet Program a variety of opportunities to positively impact the lives of the cadets who will be participating.
Encampment is not just for cadets. As a senior member you can be a valuable member of the encampment team as a Training Officer (TO). Whether you are an experienced senior member with several encampments under your belt or have never been to an encampment, you can be a training officer or an assistant training officer. You will be provided with the training and tools to be a success in this role. All you need is a desire to provide a safe and encouraging learning environment for all the cadet students and staff.
What is the commitment? Here is the schedule:
26-27 June: Virtual Pre-encampment – learn from the comfort of home for these first 2 days of pre-encampment.
28 June: On-site pre-encampment. This is the day you meet your flight staff in person, get more training, and become familiar with Camp San Luis Obispo.
29 June to 6 July: Encampment
Additionally, some time will be dedicated to training on TO specific topics between now and 26 June, but you will appreciate the preparation once at encampment. A visit to the 2021 CAWG Encampment webpage will give you a lot of information about this year’s encampment. Pay special attention to the “Resources” tab. The role of a TO is outlined in the Encampment Training Handbook (CAWGP 60-70). You can “control/click” on the below link to access the 2021 CAWG Encampment website.
The Encampment Needs at least:
Fourteen (14) Training Officers (TO)
Fourteen (14) Assistant Training Officers (ATO)
Included in those numbers are a Support Cadre TO and a Food Services TO
The ideal TO is an experienced Cadet Program Officer who is enrolled in the Cadet Programs Specialty Track. The ideal ATO is a senior member who is involved with the cadet program and is eager to learn more about the TO role.
NEW THIS YEAR – Senior Training Officers (STO) will not be independent positions. Instead, STO’s will multi-task by providing TO guidance and support to the Cadet Training Squadron staff and TO’s in their squadron, as well as work directly with their own Flight staff as a Flight TO. The ideal person for this job possesses a strong background of Encampment TO experience and a proven track record of successfully mentoring cadet leaders at the unit level and higher.
If you are interested in a Senior Training Officer (STO) position, please let me know.
- Detail your interest (which role?) and summarize your Cadet Program experience
- If you will have schedule limitations (i.e. cannot attend all 11 days, including the 2 virtual days), please provide that detail. While we prefer the continuity of full-time staffing, we welcome those who cannot commit to the whole eleven days but can participate part time.
Thank you for giving consideration to the often challenging but always rewarding role of the Training Officer. I look forward to hearing of your interest via email and will answer any questions you may have (email, text or call).