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Winter Encampment to be Held 28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018

posted Sep 24, 2017, 12:25 PM by David Froiseth   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

The Florida Wing Winter Encampment will be held at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center located near Starke, Florida from 28 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2018.  Staff will arrive on 28 Dec 2017 for required staff training and site prep.  Students will arrive on 30 Dec 2017 and graduate on 6 Jan 2018.  Lt Col Cory Hewitt has been selected as the Encampment Commander.  An e-mail was sent to Florida CAP members announcing remaining Command Positions.  Applications for these Command Positions were being accepted with a deadline of 10 Oct 2017. 

Here are some important dates:

  • 2 Nov 17 - Cadet & Senior Online Staff Applications due.
  • 9 Nov 17 - Cadet & Senior Staff position offering acknowledgement (accept or decline) due via online application tool. 
  • 2 Dec 17 - Cadet & Senior Staff payment due, Student applications closed.
  • 6 Dec 17 Refund requests due.
  • 28 Dec 17 - Staff arrival for facility prep and RST.
  • 30 Dec 17 - Student arrival.
  • 6 Jan 18 - Graduation.

For positions and application procedures, and other information, see the encampment website:

To be eligible to attend encampment, cadets must have completed the Curry Achievement and have been promoted to Cadet Airman (C/Amn) prior to application submission. Staff applicants must have earned the Wright Brothers Award (C/SSgt) and have it posted to e-services prior to application submission.  

Additionally, the DFAC Commander is seeking experienced or new DFAC cadets for the encampment.  There are 12 cadet slots open for male or female cadets.  If you have an interest in a DFAC position, contact CAP Lt Col John Clark at 561-818-2506 and provide your name, CAPID, squadron, e-mail and telephone number.  If you have served previously, provide year of attendance and location. The DFAC duty assignments involve menu planning/posting, food/kitchen preparation, special meal preparation, serving food, food safety, stocking, cleaning, trash removal, supervision/training and providing assistance as directed by senior staff.  Additional DFAC information will follow.

The Dining Facility Staff will strive to provide nutritious meals with the proper calorie intake to sustain daily cadet activities.  They will offer lactose-free, gluten-free and vegetarian meals.  They will not serve any seafood or pork entree items (however breakfast will offer pork sausage and bacon).  If a cadet has special meal needs, advise Lt Col Clark two weeks prior to the encampment so that staff can attempt to accommodate the need.  It is highly recommended that soda and energy drinks not be consumed two to three weeks prior to the encampment.  

Encampments are week long activities that serve to build a foundation for cadets from which to build their Civil Air Patrol experience. These week long events provide in-depth orientation to Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force. First time cadets can expect to be challenged both mentally and physically during a busy and exciting week of hands-on leadership development training, aerospace events, and local site activities. Cadets returning as staff will be challenged even further through the leadership roles they will fill and staff duties they will perform. All cadets will have the opportunity to be introduced to the military, learn to overcome challenges, develop time-management skills, enhance their interpersonal skills, and have a great time.