For Parents

Welcome, Parents!

This page is here for you to get information about Civil Air Patrol and about what your child is doing at the weekly meetings. If you don't see something that you want to see or know about, please use the "Contact Us" page to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Civil Air Patrol Can Do For Your Child

The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate executives, and others credit their success to CAP. Many of the cadets from Naples Cadet Squadron have improved in their self discipline, leadership abilities, their knowledge of aerospace, and their physical fitness since they joined Civil Air Patrol.

Costs Of Being A Member

Cadet Membership Fee (FLWG): $45 annually


Upon completing their first grade promotion, cadets receive a voucher towards their Blues uniform. Parents may have to fill in some uniform items which cannot be covered under the voucher.

Utility uniform (ABU/BDU): Parents are responsible for purchasing the ABU uniform for their cadet, although many squadrons have uniforms available. Please check with your squadron commander prior to purchasing utility uniforms. BDUs are on a five year phase out and will no longer be worn after 15 June 2021.

Activity fees for cadets vary upon the activity. Encampments are typically between $150 – 200, but cadets may apply for the National Cadet Encampment Assistance Program to help defray these costs.

Activity fees for squadron, group, and other wing level activities tend to be less. Most squadron and group activities range from $20 – $50, with some activities having no fee at all. Activity fees typically include food and lodging where applicable. 

What Goes On Each Week

Some parents might be wondering what Civil Air Patrol will be doing with their child. This is a general idea of what goes on each week.

  • Arrival- Cadets arrive and sign in.
  • Safety Briefing- A cadet safety officer or member of the cadet executive staff will give a safety briefing on a multitude of topics.
  • Meeting Opens- Cadet executive staff open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance and Cadet Oath.
  • Formation/Inspection- Cadets fall outside for a squadron formation and usually a uniform inspection. During the inspection cadets are graded on their overall appearance according to the Civil Air Patrol uniform manual.
  • Main Activity- Each week we have a main activity that ranges from physical training to knowledge testing to promoting in grade.
  • Secondary Activity- Another activity follows the main activity, which could be anywhere from a class on aerospace to an informal class on CAP history.
  • Drill and Ceremonies- Every week we do drill and ceremonies. This includes marching and doing stationary drill movements.
  • Announcements- Cadet and senior members give announcements such as encampment dates or the uniform for the next meeting.
  • Meeting Closes- Cadet executive staff closes meeting and cadets are dismissed.

Other Opportunities Within Civil Air Patrol

Cadet and senior members can participate in so many more activities than just weekly meetings. Cadets can attend activities throughout the year such as leadership encampments and high adventure activities. Here is a short list of some activities cadets can attend:

  • Encampments- CAP holds leadership encampments, which are kind of like basic training for CAP, every summer and winter. These events are held on a military base and consist of a week of intensive training in all things CAP. Cadets must attend an encampment to become a cadet officer.
  • National Blue Beret- This is one of CAP's National Cadet Special Activities. During this activity, cadets attend the nation's largest air show and conduct flight line marshaling, participate in flight line security, and conduct emergency services missions. It is two weeks long.
  • Cyberpatriot - CAP participates in the National Youth Cyber Education Program sponsored by the Air Force Association.  At the center of CyberPatriot in is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​  This highly competitive and highly technological event is training a new generation to ensure America is prepared to defend its national security from the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
  • S.T.E.M.. - is a curriculum based on the idea of educating Cadets in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Cadets have an opportunity to build kits that include astronomy, flight simulator, model and remote control aircraft, robotics, rocketry, quad copter, hydraulic engineering, weather station,  and ready to fly quad copter.   
  • Honor Guard Academy- This is an activity entirely dedicated to drill and ceremonies. Cadets will learn all the ins and outs of a Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, and upon graduation become a member of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.