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CFToaster
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« on: September 11, 2018, 07:33:02 AM »

I've been touring squadrons in my area to decide which one to join. One thing that has really stood out is that the evaluation of the FLWG encampment has varied widely from squadron to squadron, and no one seems to be willing to elaborate on how it went. I've heard it was, "the usual," I've heard it was, "interesting" and I've heard a couple of strongly negative comments such as, "Dangerous," and "I'll never staff another encampment again."

Does anyone have any first-hand information on this year's FLWG summer encampment that they'd be willing to share? As potential encampment staff (and having a daughter who's a potential cadet), I'd really like to know.  Feel free to PM me if that's more comfortable for you.
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TheSkyHornet
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 09:55:30 AM »

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"Dangerous"

If that's the case, it's something that needs to be looked into. While perception is reality, this could just be scuttlebutt and not actually the case.

Be cautious of anyone that "heard" of what happened at Encampment that didn't actually attend.

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"I'll never staff another encampment again."

That's always a shame to hear. I understand the frustrations that can lead to that statement, myself. I've heard it from cadets in our Wing as well.

Sometimes it's poor leadership/management. Sometimes it's the cadet not really understanding what they opted themselves into.

Another area to review and correct, if necessary.


On that whole "I heard" thing---I have a colleague/friend who staffed this past summer in Florida, along with his son. They're out-of-staters who went down after our Wing's Encampment. They had a great time. "Florida's Encampment is so much better than ours. It's like a real Encampment." Now that doesn't mean a lot to me, since I don't know what it implies. But they had a blast.

Hope you get the answers you're looking for.
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Eclipse
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 10:30:41 AM »

As a potential new member(s), focus on a squadron that is a good fit, and don't worry too much about
encampments or anything else outside the unit.

Encampments are an important part of the cadet experience, and participation is considered
a significant factor in regards to cadet retention and progression, but the local unit is where the
rubber meets the road.

Any comments you may have heard about that activity have to be filtered based on source,
and as TheSkyHornet says, that's very subjective.

A cadet who didn't get the job they wanted, or it wasn't what they expected, or an adult
who bumped heads with someone over something they consider "important" which isn't even actually
a "thing to be worried about" may characterize the activity in an unfair negative way.

A Marine DI who goes to his first Encampment that happens to be "not on a military base" will
probably come back complaining about how soft CAP is.  A mom with zero military background
and a skittish cadet will probably be worried about how hard CAP is on their kid.

Most cadets base their entire experience on the quality of the food, that "kid in the other bunk
who snored all night", and whether they got close to Honor Flight.

And as with everything else in life, you will also get people who have never been there (or even to an
encampment at all), happy to espouse on the experience.

By the time your cadet is ready to go to an encampment, most likely next year, you should have a much better
lay of the land in regards to whose opinion you can trust and whether or not a particular activity.

Attending your home wing's encampment is almost always the best option for a number of reasons,
but if it comes down to it, there are generally 40-45 other encampments in a given year, and not all
of them occur in the summer.
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TheSkyHornet
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 10:33:15 AM »

^ Everything this guy just said.  :clap:
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