SCOTIA, N.Y. -- More than 200 youth members of the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, graduated on Saturday from the New York Wing Leadership Encampment Program. The ceremony is a culmination of a week of training at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia.
Officials said the cadets spent the week focusing on three main missions: emergency services, the cadet program, and aerospace education. For emergency services, cadets practice real world scenarios. During the cadet program training, the focus is on learning and leadership. The aerospace education revolves around the signs of flight. The Wing in Scotia is New York’s only location for encampment, but one of several in the United States.
“CAP is divided into 52 wings across the nation. Each state has a wing, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. So this is the New York encampment, so this is the entire state,” said Jonathan Vega, Cadet Officer.
Cadet Officers also graduated on Saturday. Over the last week, Vega and other Cadet Officers were charged with assisting the senior staff at the Air Force base with cadet training.