Students and Homeschoolers - Volunteer with Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (Group 2-13)
The Squadrons of California Wing, Civil Air Patrol are looking for Students to become part of our all volunteer non-profit organization chartered by Congress as the US Air Force Auxiliary.
Students and parents, would you like to honor and serve America and your local community? Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends? Then rise to the challenge of Cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. The CAP Cadet Program is a program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. Our goal is to provide consistent opportunities for Cadets to achieve through events that focus on Leadership Aerospace, Emergency Service, Drill and Ceremonies and Character Development.
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation
The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
The following Cadet Squadrons are constantly seeking new members to join our all-volunteer non-profit organization:
Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10 meets Tuesday’s at 7:00 pm at Palo Alto Airport - 1907 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Santa Cruz Composite Squadron 13 meets Monday’s at 7:00 pm at Watsonville Municipal Airport - 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA 95076.
East Bay Cadet Squadron 18 meets Tuesday’s at 7:00 pm at Hayward Executive Airport - 1525 W. Winton Ave., Hayward, California 94540
John J. Montgomery Cadet Squadron 36 meets Tuesday’s at 7:00 pm at Reid-Hillview Airport - 2490 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95148
Diablo Composite Squadron 44 meets Monday’s at 6:45 pm at Buchanan Field Airport Clubhouse - 200 Sally Ride Dr, Concord, CA 94520.
San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86 meets Tuesday’s at 6:30 pm at California National Guard Armory - 100 Armory Dr., San Francisco, California 94132.
West Bay Composite Squadron 192 meets Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at the original San Carlos Airport- 620 Airport Way, Hangar T6S, San Carlos, CA 94070.
Tri-Valley Composite Squadron 156 Cadets meets Fridays at 6:30 pm at Byron Airport - 550 Eagle Ct, Byron, CA 94514
To become a Cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
Interested parents and your students, please contact your nearest local squadron listed above or contact Civil Air Patrol via this site and arrange to attend a weekly meeting at your local Squadron.
We'll work with your schedule.
Watsonville Municipal Airport60 Aviation WayWatsonville, CA 95076
- Outdoor Recreation
- Disaster Response
- Safety & Disaster Education
- Search & Rescue
- Youth Services
- Must be at least 12
- Orientation or Training
- Cadets meet 2 hours per week, 1 Saturday per month