Civil Air Patrol: Camden Military Academy Cadet Squadron (MER-SC-805)
On behalf of Civil Air Patrol's nearly 60,000 volunteer members nationwide and overseas, welcome to the Camden Military Academy Cadet Squadron! The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer, non-profit organization that also serves as the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. Our three missions are to develop youth through a cadet program, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform live-saving humanitarian missions.
CAP is a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life.
To fulfill its goal of developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the Cadet Program is developed around five program elements: Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities. As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way.
This year we are participating in the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. Throughout the school year, our cadets will study the core values of Civil Air Patrol and examine real stories from Medal of Honor recepients. Cadets will analyze the stories and be able to explain the importance of the core values and their role in daily life decision making. We have also implemented the Drug Demand Reduction Excellence Program in our squadron. The Drug Demand Reduction mission is dedicated to helping Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve excellence in life by making good choices and remaining free of drugs and alcohol. This is especially important if the cadet wants to become a part of the military or the professional world of civilian aviation or business.
We have officially begun our Emergency Services Training. We have a highly trained and qualified staff eager to train cadets in Search and Rescue. There are four levels of Ground Team training. Ground Team 3 (24 hour missions), Ground Team 2 (48 hour missions), Ground Team 1 (72 hour missions), and Ground Team Leader (must be 18). Each level requires certain training and knowledge to earn certification. By the end of the school year, our cadets will have earned Ground Team 1 certification. This level of training will have cadets proficient in the use of a compass, land navigation and map reading, survival skills, and search and rescue techniques. We are excited to begin the training!
This weekend, we participated in Search and Rescue Training Exercises at Goodale State Park. Our cadets learned how to use a compass, participate in missing person/aircraft searches, and identify clues during missing person/aircraft searches. We are at the halfway point of earning the Ground Team 3 rating!
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Commander: 1st Lt Nicholas Paramore
Deputy Commander: Lt Col Glenn Melberg
Aerospace Officer: 1st Lt Harry Zimmerman
Emergency Services Officer: 2d Lt Jason Grogan
Safety Officer: Maj. Del Sills