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Our goal at this website is to share information, news, activities and links to help enhance yours (or your cadets) Civil Air Patrol experience. Please let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or questions.
What is Civil Air Patrol?
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Civil Air Patrol Squadron Type Overview...
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is dedicated to serving the American people through education, welfare and personal development services. CAP accomplishes this through with its three-fold mission of Emergency Services, Aerospace Education & the Cadet Program. Throughout the nation there are hundreds of squadrons participating in, or conducting, activities that fall in to one of these three areas. There are three types of squadrons in CAP and the Sheldon Squadron is a "Cadet Squadron". We are called this because we are comprised primarily of cadets and we conduct cadet programs/activities. The other two types of squadrons are the Senior Member Squadron (comprised of senior members/adults) and the Composite Squadron (which is comprised of cadets and senior members).
Are you, or your cadet, new to the CAP Program? Or would you just like more information about the Cadet Program? Make sure to check out the Civil Air Patrol Parents Guide!
Sheldon Cadet Squadron Overview...
The Sheldon Cadet Squadron (or the TX 802) is part of the Civil Air Patrol School Enrichment Program, and is comprised primarily of 6th, 7th & 8th grade students. The cadet program is designed to provide youths (ages 12-20) training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. Cadets receive training in these areas by participating in local and wing level activities that occur throughout the year, at monthly squadron activities held at CE King Middle School, and sixth - eighth graders, if applicable, during their school elective classes.
During the school year the Sheldon Cadet Squadron hosts a weekend activity once every month. Throughout the year, as cadets progress through the program they will also be able to attend wing (state level), region and national level activities. Cadets can attend activities that range from weekend Basic Cadet Schools and Leadership Schools to week-long cadet encampments and even National Cadet Special Activities. During their cadet career, cadets will have the opportunity to participate in leadership positions, flight training, emergency services, communications and more. Cadets that reach the grade of Cadet Captain (C/CPT) may apply for International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) and serve as an overseas ambassador of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program in one of several foreign countries.
The Sheldon Cadet Squadron calls C.E. King Middle School, located in the heart of Sheldon I.S.D., its home. Our booster club is always seeking parent/guardian volunteers to help serve food and assist with other squadron activities.
Parents are welcome to participate in CAP. No prior military service or special skills are required. Whether you want to help chaperone cadets once in a while or become a full-fledged senior member active in CAP missions, we would love to have you get involved in CAP.
Parents Committee - help plan social events, raise funds, and connect the squadron to your community - To volunteer, talk with your son's or daughter's instructor.
Cadet Sponsor Member - occasionally support cadets as a chaperone or driver - To volunteer,talk with the squadron commander, who will give you a membership application, help you get fingerprinted, and complete an orientation course. Annual dues vary by state.
Senior Member - take a leadership role in the Cadet Program, and/or participate in CAP's aerospace education and emergency services missions - To volunteer, talk with the squadron commander, who will give you a membership application, help you get fingerprinted and complete an orientation course. Annual dues vary by state.
Lt Col Levesque
Mr. Ray Hicks
National CAP News