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Mission Statement

"To serve America by developing our Nation's youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergence and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space." --CAP Mission Statement


Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a benevolent, nonprofit, community based, volunteer organization performing humanitarian services on behalf of the U.S. Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol is your community based volunteer organization focused on providing critical emergency services and youth leadership development. Civil Air Patrol was there when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and your Civil Air Patrol in Maryland will be there when disaster or a community emergency strikes close to home. CAP is an all-volunteer service and the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

If you're interested in a worthwhile volunteer program for your son, daughter, or yourself Civil Air Patrol may be exactly what you've been looking for! CAP's cadet program has more than 27,000 members, ages 12 to 21, throughout the nation. Parents of cadets credit our program with communicating to their children the importance of personal integrity, accountability, self-discipline and respect for others.

Because CAP includes both cadet and senior members, this can be an outstanding volunteer activity for your whole family. You can work together to serve your local community, learn new skills and share a common commitment to making our nation stronger and more secure. What can your family do in Civil Air Patrol?

As CAP cadets, your children will follow an awards-based, multi-level program that includes leadership and technical training, values clarification, physical fitness and aerospace education. CAP offers national cadet encampments with activities in emergency services, engineering, technology, physical fitness, teambuilding and flight training. You can even visit foreign countries through the International Air Cadet Exchange.

As senior members, adults work alongside the cadets, learning new skills for search and rescue missions, disaster relief, communications, mentoring, crisis management, moral leadership and teamwork. You don?t have to be a pilot or have prior military service to participate in CAP. What you need is a desire to make a difference in your community and to your country as a volunteer with knowledge, experience, and the willingness to serve.

Today, 68 years since its inception, over 58,000 CAP volunteer members-approximately 24,000 youth and 34,000 adults-continue to put general aviation to its best use through service in the Civil Air Patrol. They are dedicated to saving lives, flying counter-drug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America's educators.

For more information contact the Recruitment Officer, Major Douglas Barth, CAP, at (301) 518-0046 or douglas.barth@ftmchenrycap.org But the best way to find out about the challenges and opportunities of CAP is to visit our squadron. Fort McHenry Squadron meets on Tuesdays, 7-9pm .

Squadron meets weekly, Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at the Maryland National Guard Armory, 130 Mellor Ave, Catonsville, MD. Visit our website at www.ftmchenrycap.org

Visitors are always welcome.



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