Quote from: Ned on August 20, 2020, 04:14:11 amA couple of observations:
1. Even if things don't get better by mid-winter, we will not be discussing completely virtual encampments. It's just not encampment. We will find other solutions if necessary.
2. There is nothing in the 60-20 that requires encampments to be held in brick and mortar buildings. Encampments could be conducted in the field using tentage. I once went deep into the planning process for a Type A outside the contonement area of a military installation. Bases often have "deployment training sites" with areas designated for tents, hardstand latrines, and classrooms. My issues came down to finding enough GP mediums or larges, and figuring out how to get them put up and taken down. Including a possible delay in taking them down if they got wet the last day of encampment. (You can't store wet tentage.). I could not resource them in time, so we had to cancel.
Heck, you could indeed use individual tents ("BYOT") if you were so inclined. It would be a challenge to meet the curricula, and I would love to come visit. But the bottom line is that there is no rule that prevents a CAP encampment from being held in the field. Obviously, even if the cadets spend the night in individual tents, military social distance would still be required in class, meal times, etc. until we leave Phase 3 of the remob plan.
3. The encampment seminar at the conference was presented by Ms. Joanna Lee of the NHQ corporate team, and not LtCol Christine Lee who recently suffered a severe injury. (Sing it with me: "Here a Lee, there a Lee, everywhere a Lee, a Lee . . .")
4. Once we all have access to an effective vaccine, there is no reason that we could not require a vaccination for all members attending encampment. Indeed, my guess is that many institutions (Schools, military bases, etc.) will be requiring vaccination certificates. But let's get an effective vaccine before we begin the "you can't make me get a vaccination before you let me do X" argument.
None of us knows when the virus conditions will change. Like CAP uniforms, we can be certain that things will significantly change in the future. Just nobody knows when.
National Cadet Program Manager
Quote from: PHall on Yesterday at 09:01:48 pmBut if we ever wanted to do a "reset" on how we do encampment, now would be the time.
Quote from: Phil Hirons, Jr. on Yesterday at 08:19:35 pmThe institutional knowledge drain on the cadet side (and to a lesser extent senior side) will be tough to refill.