Civil Air Patrol has been the source of several elective credits for Landon during his high school years. In fact, this year he is earning two full credits in Aerospace Education and Leadership.
Civil Air Patrol is a humanitarian and educational non-profit organization, offering civilians opportunities to volunteer in the Air Force auxiliary. There are more than 56,000 members that serve in a wide variety of roles, with a cadet program dedicated to developing leadership and technical skills in youth 12 to 21 years of age. Cadets learn about aviation, aerospace, technology, search and rescue, survival skills, radio communications, model rocketry, flight training, physical fitness, and so much more.The Cadet Program emphasizes leadership skills along with personal integrity, self-discipline, excellence, and respect.
Cadets in the program work their way through seven aerospace education textbooks in a well rounded, self-study aerospace education course. As they complete each successive textbook--along with four other required cadet accomplishments--they progress to a new achievement. The cadet must master the aerospace education text; he must participate satisfactorily in an activities program, a leadership program designed to teach military customs and courtesies, a physical fitness regimen, and a moral leadership program. Each cadet can progress at his own pace through the textbooks and accompanying workbooks. When the cadet is ready, the "oral debriefer" informally discusses randomly selected objectives with him to determine if he has reasonably mastered the material. As cadets earn achievements and promotions, they are given more leadership responsibility within the organization, especially in training newer cadets.
Now, when Landon first started with CAP, he was thirteen years old, and at the time he claimed that he only did it because Mom made him. Well, that may have been true, but all the study and achievements and skills have been on his own initiative ever since. He has definitely honed his leadership skills and self-discipline, and he takes his responsibilities to the squadron and cadets under his authority very seriously. CAP has provided him the opportunities to work with aircraft on the flight line, and to participate in orientation flights of both powered and non-powered aircraft. Oddly, being able to fly and start working on a pilot's license has held very little appeal to him, but he seems to enjoy working on the flight lines, as well as participating in some of the community service opportunities.
Last week, Landon was saluted as an officer in his squadron, and recognized for earning another achievement. I wasn't able to attend, so I am grateful to my husband and a Senior Member of CAP who provided some photos for us. I look forward to being able to attend the next dress blues night, when the award certificate he earned will actually be presented!
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