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Joint Dakota Encampment 2019

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Camp Rapid

2823 W Main St

Rapid City, SD 57702

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Join Encampment Commander Lt Col Nick Gengler and Cadet Commander C/Capt Jaden Petersen for the 2019 Joint Dakota Encampment held at Camp Rapid in South Dakota.

Encampment challenges you. It pushes you so you’ll grow. Are you self-disciplined? Can you lead? Can you truly work as a team? These are some of the questions the cadre will help you answer for yourself as you participate in awesome, hands-on activities and tours. Specifically, our goal is to inspire you to;

• develop leadership skills,

• learn about aviation, space, and technology,

• commit to a habit of regular exercise, and

• live the Core Values.

As cadets of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, your training will emphasize not only leadership and character, but fitness and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as you explore career opportunities in those areas and so much more.

For parents, Col Small has written a letter specifically for you. Please read it here.

We are offering a first-year Student course and an Advanced course for those that want to challenge themselves through advanced training as well as prepare themselves to be on staff in the coming years.

Special activities to be announced as the date gets closer.

Financial Assistance is available. Check out the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program Page. CEAP opens March 1.

SD Wing scholarships are available too. Click here for more info.

See below in the FAQ section for information regarding packing lists, forms required, plus more common questions.

Check out the Encampment Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CAPJDE/


1) When does Encampment start?

Cadre is expected to arrive on Friday, July 5th by 1pm. Students are expected to arrive Saturday, July 6th between 1 and 4 pm Mountain Time. We understand logistically it is difficult to send both students and cadre from the same Squadron to Encampment at different times, so if students end up arriving early that is perfectly acceptable. Please work with your Squadron Commander on transportation needs.

2) What should I bring to Encampment?

A packing list will be posted here in the near future. Check back for further updates.

You will also need several forms filled out. They are the CAPF 31, 160, 161, 163. They will need to be signed by your parents and your Squadron Commander where appropriate. You can find the forms at https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/publications/forms. We also have some pre-filled out forms and all in one pdf here.

Once you fill out the forms, you can either bring the hard copies with you, or upload them to a secure drop box here.

3) Why should I go to Encampment?

Encampment is a growing experience for all individuals, student and staff alike. It will grow your leadership experience beyond what you have today. Besides meeting and making new friends in CAP, cadets who want to attend the National Cadet Special Activities during the summer need to have attended an Encampment. To earn the Mitchell award, cadets must also successfully complete an Encampment.

4) What can I expect at Encampment?

Encampment showcases the Cadet Program’s regimented, military-like training model, in a positive, age-appropriate manner consistent with CAP and Air Force traditions. Encampments operate at a higher level of intensity in respect to the military aspects of cadet life than virtually any other cadet activity.

5) How much does Encampment cost?

The cost will be $175, however, if you sign up by the early bird registration date, it will by discounted and only cost you $150. There is a Cadet Encampment Assistant Program (CEAP) which is special funding to cover encampment fees and uniforms with emphasis on servicing economically disadvantaged cadets. Priority is given to first-time encampment attendees, but graduates wanting to attend a second or third encampment are welcome to apply. If you plan on applying for CEAP, please still register for Encampment using the CEAP registration ticket. If you don't receive a scholarship, you will be billed for the cost of Encampment.

6) What does the Encampment cost cover?

Lodging at Camp Rapid and 3 meals a day (including special dietary requirements). Squadrons are responsible for transporting cadets to Encampment. Please work with your Squadron Commander on transportation.

7) My cadet has some health concerns. How is this handled?

You will complete CAP Form 160 (CAP Member Health History Form) for your cadet to inform us of the cadet's health history. Per CAP policy, each encampment participant is responsible for administering his or her own prescription medication. Cadets who are not mature enough to accept that responsibility should not attend encampment.

Got more Questions: Send over an email. Lt Col Nicholas Gengler - nick.gengler@sdcap.us or C/Capt Jaden Petersen - jaden.petersen@sdcap.us


Banquet - Saturday, 13 July 2019, 6:00pm MDT - Location will be on Ellsworth AFB. Exact directions will be posted as the time approaches.

Encampment will culminate in a banquet held on Saturday evening. Parents, siblings and friends are invited to the banquet.

Because this is held on an active Air Force Base you will need to provide your state issued drivers license and date of birth ahead of time. Encampment staff will arrange to escort you on base for this event.

Banquet costs are included in the fee that cadets and seniors pay for encampment. The banquet charge in Eventbrite is for those who are going to attend the banquet only.


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