Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Civil Air Patrol, a Great Supplement to Homeschooling

One way our family supplements our homeschooling is with Civil Air Patrol.  Civil Air Patrol, is the Auxiliary Unit of the United States Air Force  (also known as CAP) and is for ages 12 thru adult.  Those aged 12-18 are cadets.  Those over 18 are seniors. Many of the cadets are planning on joining the United States Air Force.  Many of the seniors are former Air Force.

CAP was formed one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, so it has been around since 1941.

CAP is very affordable.  The uniforms for the cadets are provided.  Cadets work hard learning and test their way up through the ranks.  Their squadron also performs volunteer activities.  They have the opportunity to learn to fly a plane, learn communications (radio), leadership, learn about aerospace, rockets, remote control planes, scuba diving and more.

They are also involved in search and rescue, disaster relief, Air Force support, counter drug activities and more.  Every week they learn new skills and practice old ones.

To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol and to find a squadron near you, visit their national website.

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