The Edmond Sun

January 22, 2013

Students, adults make impact through Civil Air Patrol


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Composite Squadron will hosting an open house on Jan. 24 for anyone interested in joining Civil Air Patrol.

The open house will be at the Edmond National Guard Armory, 600 S. Bryant Ave., from 6:30-9 p.m. Anyone 12-19 years old or who will soon be turning 12 years old are considered cadets and are encouraged to visit to see all of the fun and impact building activities for students including leadership and scholarship opportunities.

Civil Air Patrol is an organization with more than 26,000 student and 34,000 adult members nationwide which began as a boarder patrolling organization during World War II and has since become the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Although no longer an armed service, CAP continues its impact throughout the nation through its congressionally mandated missions Aerospace Education, Emergency services, and Cadet Programs.

Activities such as weekly meetings, color guards and annual camps are structured to allow the cadets from ages 12-19 to govern themselves with a military style chain of command while being supervised by adults. Every member in CAP is a volunteer and has the privilege of wearing an Air Force style uniform of which most items are provided by the local squadron. The Civil Air Patrol has three squadrons in the Oklahoma City metro. The local squadrons meet once a week and can participate in at least two other activities outside of the regular meetings during the month. More information can be found at www.gocivilairpatrol.com and www.edmondcap.org.