Coronavirus & Keeping Cadets Engaged
Posted on March 16, 2020 at 3:06 PM by Curt LaFond
Nearly all in-person cadet operations, worldwide, are on hold for the first time in our 77-year history. During this pause that extends at least until 11 May, the Cadet Program’s main goal for itself is to maintain cadets’ interest in CAP. When the “all clear” sounds, we want every cadet to return to active status. That challenge will not be easy. Weekly squadron meetings are like a dose of “Air Force blue.” Going without that dose for several weeks could be like a slow goodbye to cadet life.
The National Cadet Team, in cooperation with the CAP Command Team, is working hard to accomplish two objectives this week. First, we want to provide squadrons with a practical, recipe-like plan for a 30-minute virtual weekly cadet activity. Second, we want to create reasonable accommodations (and wholesale waivers where necessary) so that cadets can continue ranking-up. Our theory is that a weekly “activity” and an opportunity to promote are essential to sustaining cadets’ interests.
Look for guidance along these lines later this week. In the meantime, please use this space in the Cadet Blog to share ideas on how to keep cadets engaged – how to continue their weekly dose of “Air Force blue.”