Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol
6275 Crossman Lane
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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Today’s cadets are tomorrow’s aerospace leaders. Our Cadet Program builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to our young adults, male and female, ages 12 to 21.
The program follows a military model and emphasizes Air Force traditions and values. Our mission is accomplished through a curriculum of:
Through a variety of activities, cadets are provided the opportunity to apply their leadership skills, explore aerospace careers and display their overall enthusiasm for the cadet ethic.
CAP promotes teamwork and high standards of personal conduct by granting cadets the privilege of wearing an Air Force-style uniform. The uniform and the related traditions of rendering military customs and courtesies distinguish cadets from ordinary youth.
CAP members often hold in common a love of flying. Aviation is the thread that runs through all three CAP missions, and CAP’s affiliation with the Air Force underscores its identity as an air-minded organization.
CAP develops leadership skills in cadets by giving them opportunities to lead. This includes planning events, making decisions, and teaching and mentoring junior-ranking cadets, depending on how far the cadet-leaders have advanced in their program.
CAP challenges youth. It might be the physical challenge of conquering an obstacle course, an academic challenge to master aerospace and leadership concepts, a moral challenge to live the Core Values or a personal challenge to know oneself better and gain self-confidence.
Being a cadet is fun. New friends and great opportunities are the hallmarks of cadet life.
Safe, fun, educational.
The Cadet Orientation Flight Program introduces our cadets to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders. This is done at no cost to the cadet! The program’s motto describes what cadet flying is all about: “Safe, Fun, Educational.”
Cadets learn the fundamentals and hone leadership skills during a week long encampment at Camp Ripley.
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