Bowie Civil Air Patrol

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Disaster Relief
  • Emergency & Safety


15901 Fred Robinson WayBowie City HallBowie, MD 20716 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is made up of highly trained, non-paid volunteers who donate their time to the non-profit organization. We are looking for adult and teen volunteers to join in our community service efforts. CAP's missions include search and rescue, disaster relief, and homeland security missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. Members also play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP boasts more than 56,000 adult and youth members nationwide, with more than 1,500 members serving in Maryland.


Youth program
Teens, do you want to gain experience leading others, explore science and engineering careers or learn to fly? You can do all this and more in our youth program, also called our cadet program. The program is for young people ages 12 to 18.

Adult Program
We also need help running our local units. To do that, we need adults (age 18+) from all walks of life. Whether you are a pilot, an attorney, a plumber, or you have some other area of expertise, chances are you have a skill or interest that we could use in Civil Air Patrol. We also need help mentoring youth in our cadet program.

Our Missions
Operating a fleet of 550 aircraft, CAP performs 90-percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). CAP is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Last fiscal year, Maryland wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds.

What do you get in return?
We offer training ranging from the basics of aeronautics and aerospace to aircrew and search and rescue training. Members also have access to college-level distance learning opportunities. Pilots are also a big part of CAP.

CAP was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens concerned about defending America's coastline. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for more than 70 years.


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