Archive for May, 2011

Encampment Staff

I want to put out another call for cadets and seniors who are interested in serving on staff at Encampment this summer. Time is fleeting and if this is one of your ambitions you need to act soon.

Send an E-Mail to

CADETS: detail your CAP and any other relevant experience.

SENIORS: If would like to attend for any number of days you have but to let me know that fact.

Categories: Uncategorized

Changes to Maine Wing Cadet Programs Staff

As time move on changes happen, some for the better and some for the worse, but change is part of life. I would like to thank Captain Joyce Gaddis for both her service to Maine Wing and her mentoring of me. Effective today, I am the new Director of Cadet Programs. It’s a difficult job and I’ll be continuing to draw on Captain Gaddis’s knowledge and experience, far into the future.

I want to continue stressing that CAC is important. Squadrons that don’t participate lack voice, and you should never give up the opportunity to voice grievances and ideas. I have double checked the assets assigned to cadet programs and a crystal ball isn’t among those listed. One of the only ways to get feedback from the cadets at large remains the CAC, so let’s try and make more of an effort to have each squadron represented.

1LT Nathan Fellows
Director of Cadet Programs
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Categories: Cadet Activities

Learn to Lead Online Tests

18 May 2011 Leave a comment

Cadet Programs has revised the online test banks for Learn to Lead Chapters 1-3 and is currently editing the test banks for Chapters 4-8. We believe these revisions will greatly assist cadets taking online tests

Categories: General Cadet Stuff

Arlington National Cemetery

13 May 2011 Leave a comment

  Arlington National Cemetery

Today is an important day in Arlington history. On May 13, 1864, Private William Henry Christman was buried in Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery. Pvt. Christman was the first military person buried at Arlington. Do you know who was the first person buried at the Arlington Estate?

It is Mary Ann Randolph (cousin of Mary Custis, wife of Gen. Robert E. Lee).  She is buried in Section 45.

Categories: General Cadet Stuff

Cadet Membership

13 May 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t usually like to deal with statistics – they can be deceiving.  However a quick look at Maine Wing cadet membership shows a dramatic decline over the past few months.

So, I have to ask myself “Why is that”?  As I drive around this great state of Maine and visit each of our nine squadrons I see cadets who are enthusiastic, motivated and more actively involved in local and wing activities.  Cadets are promoting.  Cadet Milestone Achievements have increased dramatically.

Let me show you:

>  In 2008 there were 3 milestone achievements and in 2009 there were 8 milestone achievements.  That’s a 166% increase!!!

>  Now, as I just said, in 2009 there were 8 milestone achievements and in 2010 there were 28 milestone achievements.  That’s a 250% increase.

Yet our cadet membership census is down significantly.

Maine Wing Cadet Programs staff has our eye on a quality cadet program – not a numbers mill.  However, without cadets being constantly recruited, and units consistently growing the program will quickly fade away.  Recruiting must be a year-round event.  A constant influx of new cadets who learn and grow and then turn around and teach makes for a healthy squadron cadet program.

The answer is quality recruiting of quality cadets.  This needs to be a team effort.  Simply hanging flyers at the mall will not work.  Talk to other squadrons who have been successful at recruiting.  Sending information packets to school Guidance Counselors and/or Principals, asking to go to schools and home school groups to talk about our program, being involved in local community projects and activities, publicizing advancements and achievements in local media, etc is how we will grow.

Let’s do this together.  Cadets, direct your ideas through your chain of command and CAC Representatives.

Categories: General Cadet Stuff

Academy of Model Aeronautics Free Membership

13 May 2011 Leave a comment

Gen Courter would like to ensure that you are aware of the opportunity our cadets have with the Academy of Model Aeronautics – a FREE membership.  Yes, FREE.

When cadets join, what does this mean for us?  That they will receive discounts and will be available for scholarships from the AMA.  And, hopefully, that they will get more involved in aviation.

Please spread the word.  The link below provides you more information.

Categories: General Cadet Stuff

Learn to Lead Audio

13 May 2011 Leave a comment

Cadet Programs is pleased to announce audio versions of the first three chapters of Learn to Lead. CP thanks CAP Lt Col James Shaw for producing these recordings that will benefit auditory learners and sight-disabled persons as well as many others. Please see the Learn to Lead page in the Cadet Library and click on the tabs next to the Chapter 1-3 titles.

Categories: General Cadet Stuff