2016 Encampment Has Ended
See you in 2017 at Joint Base Cape Cod
The Massachusetts Wing 2017 Summer Encampment
Joint Base Cape Cod
Otis Air National Guard Base
Lt Colonel Keith E. Raymond
Major Steven Lauzon
Deputy Commander of Support Services
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.
A Civil Air Patrol Basic Cadet Leadership Encampment can be the most significant and worthwhile training experience of a CAP cadet’s membership. Training is what the encampment is all about. To achieve the overall goals, a positive attitude is essential. Each staff member has an obligation to learn as much as possible and to offer the highest quality of training to others. The staff must always remember that their first duty is to the members of the basic flight.
If a cadet wishes to earn their General Billy Mitchell Achievement and become a cadet officer, attend certain NCSAs or serve at an encampment as a staff member, they must first attend and graduate from a basic encampment.
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.
About the Massachusetts Wing Encampment
Each cadet is part of a flight of approximately 10 other cadets. Each flight has two cadet staff members who are in charge of the flight. These cadet staff members have attended encampments in the past and have been chosen from an application process to serve in these positions. Each flight has one or two senior staff members assigned directly to it. These senior members are called Flight Training Officers. In addition to the Flight Training Officers, there are approximately 40 senior members and cadet staff members who serve on staff for this encampment. Included in this staff is a chaplain and a health services/safety officer
The ultimate responsibility for the cadets and the week's events rests on the Encampment Commander.
COMMUNICATIONS AT THE ENCAMPMENT
If your cadet doesn't write home, it's because the days are packed with activities, Fort Devens has no mailbox ( inbound or outbound), and the cadet will probably arrive home before a letter does. We purposely do not let cadets telephone to help them develop self-sufficiency.
In the event of any serious problem, we will contact you promptly. Should you have an emergency, the Encampment Emergency Contact Number is 781-600-9108.
Many cadets who are away from home for the first time experience homesickness while at the encampment. There is a period of adjustment that is natural when transitioning from summer vacation to a rigorous training schedule. Experience has shown that if cadets receive encouragement and give the encampment a chance for at least three days, most will end up enjoying themselves and even returning the next year.
If a cadet is having difficulty with homesickness, the cadet has many people at the encampment to turn to, including the cadet staff members, the Flight Training Officers, the chaplain staff, the medical staff, and the senior executive staff.
It is our hope that all cadets will remain at the encampment, complete the week's training, and graduate. If it becomes apparent that a cadet is having a great deal of difficulty with homesickness, a decision for the cadet to return home may be made after consultation with the cadet, the cadet's parents or guardians, and the senior member staff. If a decision is made for a cadet to leave the encampment, it is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to pick the cadet up from the encampment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The encampment is a very busy place. It is not possible to accommodate individuals who would like to 'stop by'. We can accept Civil Air Patrol seniors on a part-time basis, but you need to be registered as a staff member of the encampment, and we need to know when you will be on-site.
If you just want to see what is going on, the best time to come is graduation day. You are not required to be on the Military Support Authorization, but due to new security restrictions in place at Fort Devens this year, if you are coming to graduation, you will need to be added to the Gate List. Contact the Encampment Commander to have your name added.