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 on: Today at 12:41:08 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Cicero
About one in 8 middle and HS students are in not government schools (private and HS), and that slice of the population continues to rise. The larger population of school aged kids is likely to shrink over the next decade.

See https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/tables/table_whs_01.asp for private school data.

 22 
 on: Today at 12:31:28 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by NIN
Anecdotally I am told HS students are our largest segment of cadets. Am in process of gathering data and will report results when complete. But of the last 6 months cadets entering that I know almost all have been either private or home schooled.

That may be the case in your neck of the woods, but is not the case nationally.

It is certainly true that the homeschool'd cadet segment is growing. But they are not the "majority" of our cadets.


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 on: Today at 12:23:03 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by NIN
I dunno, Sir. Open Houses do wonders in getting mass attention for a visit on a set date with a structured plan to introduce CAP to prospective recruits (both cadets and seniors). But I have seen them almost always either such a "phony" view of the weekly meeting or very minimal representation of "CAP life." For example, there is a station demonstrating a Color Guard, a station demonstrating the ELT, a flight simulator, etc. These are not the basis for most 2-3 hour meetings once per week, at least not on the scale usually represented. This is not to say Open Houses are not a strong tool for recruiting; they very much are. But they coincide with that need to visit those weekly meetings to really get a taste of CAP.

I will agree with you: its a bit of a set-piece.  But frankly, its putting your best foot forward and doing so in an organized, professional way. Not randomly and without any forethought.

My unit runs a pretty successful program like that. Twice a year we start a cohort with an Open House.  Lots of cool stuff.  But we try to be clear in what we show the prospective members that these are the things we do, but we don't do all of them at once.

And again, this speaks to "recruiting for the CAP you have, not the CAP you wish you had."

In 2013, when I was still retired from CAP, I decided to go to local squadron's Spring Open House with an eye to coming back. The unit had 2-3 cadets who were the "ES guys," and they were tasked to setup the "ES Table" for the event.   Let me see if I can embed a photo of that table that night...



OK yeah, ES displays can be a bit of a "junk on the bunk" style thing with all your hooah gear. I get it. Been there, done it.

But then I stood there to the side listening as these guys were regaling visitors with what CAP emergency services does. They made it sound like you'll join CAP today, and tomorrow you'll be rappelling out of helicopters, and you'll have a lifesaving award, maybe even two, by the end of the next week.

No real talk about training, or even how the reality was in my wing that we have pretty much almost no ground SAR mission.

It took some time to "fix" that particular thing. One night, I looked at the ES table as they were laying it out for the Open House, and I said "Guys, why are there five orange hats and two uniforms? What are these here for?"

"Sir, those uniforms demonstrate ES."

"Demonstrate ES?  How?  Two folded up uniforms and 5 orange hats demonstrate ES like my shoes here demonstrate drill team. You're not demonstrating *anything* with folded up uniforms and hats!"

Eventually, I had to tell them "OK, guys, you can do the ES table, but you have to become subject matter experts on disaster relief, communications, air SAR, UDF.." and they looked at me like I'd grown another head on my shoulders. I got them to run a small slideshow with photos and informational slides about ES on the table alongside a DF and some radios.

"You mean.. thats all part of ES?"

(I also had to say once "Tonight, you can't use the words 'Hawk Mountain' or 'Ranger' when you tell people about emergency services. Good luck."  LOL. Unfortunately, thats all they were about.)

You have to be sure you're realistic about what you portray.  The displays and such are an "attract," but its the "1 meter" recruiting that is what is ultimately going to get people to understand what CAP is and what it does.

 24 
 on: Today at 12:22:36 PM 
Started by Robborsari - Last post by Live2Learn
Hi.  I created a simple 3d printed battery holder for the Pointer style ELT Practice Beacon.  I have always had to build batteries for these and wanted a faster way to get the C-batteries to fit.  The 3d print files are located at: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2798927

Now THIS is "COOL"! 

We really need a forum for nifty tech ideas! 

 25 
 on: Today at 12:22:12 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Cicero
https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CopyofHomeschooledCadets_3C5DE2D95B_94FBCCA84E95D.pdf

http://www.home-school.com/Articles/how-to-become-a-civil-air-patrol-cadet.php

http://themommaknows.com/civil-air-patrol-and-homeschooling/

https://hslda.org/docs/BrightSpots/200610110.asp

 26 
 on: Today at 12:19:08 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Live2Learn
They are our largest demographic.

Define.
Anecdotally I am told HS students are our largest segment of cadets. Am in process of gathering data and will report results when complete. But of the last 6 months cadets entering that I know almost all have been either private or home schooled.

I have no data, merely anecdotal observations of two CAP sqdrns.  Both sqdrns fit the assertion of Home Schooled youth being a very large slice of the CAP cadet demographic.

 27 
 on: Today at 12:18:32 PM 
Started by Noah Pluska - Last post by jeders
The following images show how slotting works. As you can see, the points are based on age, your level of achievement in CAP, your length of time in CAP, and whether or not you've been to an NCSA before.


 28 
 on: Today at 12:12:18 PM 
Started by BraveRifles19D - Last post by abdsp51
What's the reg say?

 29 
 on: Today at 12:12:07 PM 
Started by BraveRifles19D - Last post by jeders
The question that has come up is this. Can cadets use one CPFT HFZ credential to promote multiple times since it is good for 6 months, or do they need a new test for every promotion?

So long as they have a valid HFZ credential they can promote; they don't need to redo it if they already have a valid one.

 30 
 on: Today at 12:09:48 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Cicero
They are our largest demographic.

Define.
Anecdotally I am told HS students are our largest segment of cadets. Am in process of gathering data and will report results when complete. But of the last 6 months cadets entering that I know almost all have been either private or home schooled.

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