On April 24, the Captain "Bud" Jackson Composite Squadron NJ-102 hosted an Information Session for members of the local community to learn about the program and what it takes to become a member. The event had an amazing turnout of over 50 students, parents, family members, and school staff! Everyone was allowed to visit the various information booths set up by the cadets, and learn about the cadet's first-hand experiences. This event kicked off the squadron's move to the JP Stevens High school for all weekly meetings moving forward.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Youth program (Cadet Program), provides: Aerospace Education (orientation flights in powered planes and gliders, STEM concepts with hands-on activities). In addition, they learn Military structure (customs, courtesies, discipline, drills, physical training, and leadership) and provide community service. CAP also offers different types of summer camps from STEM to learning flight.

Overall, students who become members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet program have a great advantage in their future college applications. The “College Confidential” webpage states: “…since Admission officials are up to their eyeballs in common extracurriculars … Model UN, yearbook, orchestra, etc. CAP is something different and will help you stand out in a crowd. Secondly—and most important—it’s something you want to do and it meshes with your stated passions. It’s likely that your enthusiasm will come across in your applications and, especially, in an interview situation. So even if you aren’t applying to only military colleges, this sounds like a smart choice…”

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When: Every Tuesday (except Holidays) from 7 - 9 PM

Where:  JP Stevens High School room 136 (Edison, NJ)

Who can join: Ages from 12 to 18 (from any town)

For more information about the after-school Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Youth Cadet Program, please contact jose.vergara@njwg.cap.gov or visit CAP’s webpage at http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/cap_home/youth/