Civil Air Patrol Trains Youth Program Leaders
Rapid City - Sixteen members of Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing gathered last week for a Training Leaders of Cadets, Basic, a required class for adult members who lead the organization’s youth program, known as the cadet program.
“We have a great number of senior members in our organization, who want to help our cadets be successful,” said Captain Denise Clement. “They selflessly donate their time and talent to make this happen. The mentoring and leadership our cadets receive will benefit them throughout their entire life.”
The day-long class employed a nationally-standardized curriculum and included sections on cadet advancement, service learning, planning cadet meetings and activities, and compliance with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) regulations about the youth program. Students also complete three online modules as preparation for the class.
“The goal of the CAP Cadet Program is to develop young leaders, and particularly leaders of tomorrow who understand aerospace and STEM,” said Col. Michael Marek, CAP’s South Dakota Wing commander. “It is a central part of our mission of serving America’s communities, saving lives and shaping futures.”
CAP is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. As part of USAF support civil authorities to save lives, CAP is assigned operational missions that relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.
With close to 400 members in South Dakota and units in Brookings, Custer, Miller/Faulkton, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea, CAP in South Dakota can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams and small search drones to assist in disaster response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.