By, Payton M. (Sophomore)
Hello GCA World!
Recently I competed with the 4-H group from Effingham County. We went to the Southeastern District Conference where I competed with a 12-minute speech I memorized. My category was “General Recreation,” and my speech/presentation was about Civil Air Patrol.
If you don’t know about Civil Air Patrol, let me tell you about this interesting organization!
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded on December 1, 1941, less than a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Its job was to create a way for the citizens of America to serve on a volunteer basis in the defense of the homeland. Civil Air Patrol planes were used to patrol the coastlines as German U-boats approached. At first CAP planes were required just to find the boats and radio the Coast Guard, who then fired on the Germans. After some time, the American CAP planes were given depth charges and allowed to fire on the U-boats themselves.
Today, the CAP mission is much different. CAP gives cadets (students) ages 12-21 the opportunity to learn to fly, develop leadership skills, and become proficient in emergency services and training.
There is so much more to tell you about Civil Air Patrol! For example, there are over 1,000 squadrons in all 50 states, so there is probably a squadron near you. Membership is affordable, uniform vouchers are available, and there are scholarships for college and also to learn to fly.
If you have not looked into Civil Air Patrol in your area (possibly because you did not even know that it existed), now you SHOULD look into this program! Visit the website http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com to learn more!
About The Author: Payton M. is a 10th grade student with the Georgia Cyber Academy. His future goals include attending the Air Force Academy and training to be a fighter pilot before going to MARS!! He is very active with his Civil Air Patrol squadron, where he serves as the Cadet Aerospace Officer and the Alpha Flight Sergeant. He volunteers weekly at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. He taught two Drone Discovery and History of Flight Classes at state-wide 4-H events during 2016. He is a Certified Teen Leader for 4-H. He is also very active in his church and youth group.