(SER-GA-142) Walton County Composite Squadron
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Join the Walton County Composite Squadron

Being a CAP member is, for many, one of the most enriching parts of their lives. Like most clubs and organizations, CAP will introduce you to new endeavors and you will make many new acquaintances--some of whom will become friends for life. However, unlike most organizations, CAP has a life saving mission, and fulfilling that mission provides our members with a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

We are a composite squadron, which means we support the Emergency Services mission of CAP with an all-adult, or senior program, and we support the Cadet Programs mission of CAP with a cadet component, which is dedicated to helping young people learn about leadership and aerospace. The Walton County Composite Squadron is very active in both areas, and there are numerous opportunities for the cadets and senior members to work together.

Joining Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity to serve your community, save lives, and shape futures. Members come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wide variety of experience and skills to the organization.

Professional and personal development opportunities contribute to the success of members, allowing them to explore all that Civil Air Patrol has to offer, and can help advance professional aspirations while volunteering.

Youth aged 12-18 may join the cadet program, which focuses on four elements: leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and character development. Civil Air Patrol follows Air Force values, customs, courtesies, and traditions, but there is no military obligation for either cadets or adult members.

Individuals 18 and older can join as adult members.

Adult Members (18+)

Civil Air Patrol Senior Members come from all walks of life. A military background is not required, nor do you need to be a pilot. Some members choose to get involved with aviation-related missions such as search and rescue or taking cadets on orientation flights, but there is a role for everyone in CAP. 

For local units to function, volunteers are needed to fill leadership roles as well as staff positions in personnel, transportation, operations, recruiting, safety, finance, and other areas.

Whatever their role, Civil Air Patrol volunteers make a positive impact on their community and may serve as leaders and role models for our cadets. Local and national training programs enable members to gain new skills and serve in various CAP positions.

Youth Members (12-18) 

Youth from 12-18 may join Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program. Cadets learn about aviation and develop leadership and teamwork skills valuable in becoming responsible adults. The year-round program typically includes a two-to-three-hour squadron meeting each week, one Saturday event every four to eight weeks, and one seven-to-10-day encampment each year, usually in the summer.

While school and family obligations take priority, this engaging program transforms youth into dynamic citizens and community leaders through a curriculum that encourages cadets to learn to lead as they progress. Many of the nation's astronauts, pilots, engineers, scientists, and business leaders first explored their careers through Civil Air Patrol.

Patron Members

Adults who wish to remain inactive, but want to be associated with Civil Air Patrol, can show support financially by paying annual dues as patron members. Patrons do not participate in CAP activities or meetings but may be invited to attend squadron social functions.

Cadet Sponsor

Civil Air Patrol cadets benefit when their families offer support. Parents, grandparents, or legal guardians of a cadet are eligible and encouraged to join as cadet sponsors and participate in the rewarding experience of assisting their unit’s cadet program.  

Cadet sponsors can chaperone cadets, ride in or drive a Civil Air Patrol vehicle, and help other adult volunteer members as needed. They are not assigned to a staff position but support the unit as their schedules allow.

There are requirements for basic education and training before fully interacting with cadets. 

CAP Alumni

Nearly 1 million members have served in Civil Air Patrol since its founding in 1941. If you are one of them, connect with other alumni members at alumni@gocivilairpatrol.org.

 

 

 

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