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What's new in Cadet Programs, and what do you have to say? Join the National Cadet Team for a webinar.  

Everyone is welcome. No prior approval from the chain of command is needed. All times are in Central Time. All sessions are recorded for later viewing

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Archive

Upcoming Webinars

Cadet Protection, Insight from Praesidium, Inc

Praesidium has been working with organizations to protect vulnerable populations for more than 30 years. Over that time, the science of understanding how abuse happens has rapidly evolved, and awareness about the issue has grown exponentially. This workshop will focus on the fundamental principles that are critical to abuse prevention in any youth-serving organization.

This session will cover:

  • Foundational Knowledge and Data Trends on Child Sexual Abuse

  • Adult Offenders and how Adult-to-Youth abuse occurs

  • Trends and Prevention Practices on Youth-to-Youth Incidents

  • How to respond and report red-flag behaviors and suspected abuse with confidence

Register for either of the identical sessions (or to get a copy of the recording). 

Encampment Leadership Office Hours

Join the National Encampment Best Practices Team to get clarity on the coming encampment season. Bring your questions and share best practices with your fellow encampment leaders.  Two sessions offered.

Thursday, 25 April 2024 @7:30pm CDT

Thursday, 6 June 2024 @7:30pm CDT

Insights from the Annual Cadet Survey: A Review with Cadet Programs Director, Curt LaFond

Join us for a webinar where Curt LaFond, Director of Cadet Programs, delves into the findings of the Annual Survey. During this session, Curt will analyze key trends, highlight significant data points, and discuss implications for our programs and initiatives. Whether you're a cadet, a concerned parent, or a dedicated CP officer, this webinar promises to offer a comprehensive overview of the survey results, shedding light on areas of strength and areas for improvement within our organization.

Date: May 1, 2024
Time: 12:00pm CDT
Duration: 60 Minutes
Platform: Teams Webinar

Register here!

Cadet Executive Cadre: Setting the Tone

Serving in the encampment Cadet Executive Cadre is a unique role in the Civil Air Patrol, unlike just about any other learning experience you've had. Come hear from cadets who've done it before and learn what they wish they'd known ahead of time. This session is focused on the needs of Cadet Executive Cadre, but all are welcome to attend. 

Thursday, 9 May 2024 @7:30pm CDT

Positive Leadership for Encampment Cadre

Join Maj Gen Ed Phelka, CAP National Commander, for an empowering webinar on positive leadership at encampments. Delve into crucial topics such as command vision, the pivotal role of cadet cadre, fostering positive leadership, optimizing training intensity, and more. This interactive session offers a live Q&A, providing attendees with invaluable insights and strategies for effective leadership.  Recommended for all encampment leaders, cadre, & staff.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 @ 7pm CDT

Cadet Cadre: Tips for Success

Stepping up to lead your fellow cadets at encampment can be intimidating.  Come and hear from cadets who've done it before and are happy to share their knowledge.  What should you do to prepare? What should you avoid?  Whether you know you'll be on the encampment cadre or you're thinking about applying, come get some tips for success.

Thursday, 16 May 2024 @7:30pm CDT

Training Officers: Supporting Cadet Success

Supporting Cadet Success- Being a Training Officer at encampment is more than being a chaperone, it's a mentoring role.  Come learn how to find the right balance in supporting the cadets, students and cadre alike.

Thursday, 23 May 2024 @7:30pm CDT  

Supporting Today’s Cadets Through Crisis

Omar Guessous
National Director, Research, Evaluation & Insights at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Did you miss the Youth Development Conference? You can catch one of the keynote speakers, Omar Guessous, in our upcoming virtual session. As part of the effort to extend the Youth Development Conference content to a larger audience, we are offering a YDC-Extension virtual session, open to everyone.

Young people today struggle with more mental health and anxiety issues then we’ve seen before. This session will help us understand what’s driving the mental health crisis, how trauma impacts youth and how we can employ trauma-informed practices to counterbalance the challenges youth face in today’s world.  

Wednesday, May 29, at 7-8pm CDT

Register here!


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Previous Webinars



Squadron Operations


Special Activities

Conference Sessions



Cadet Competition Program: 2024 & Beyond

Watch Recording

Review Slides

Jan 2024

Starting in 2024, there will no longer be a centralized, in-person championship event in Dayton during the summer. Instead, each region will host its own competition, fostering increased engagement and participation.


YDC-Extension: Framework For Resilience

Recording was available Only until 8 Nov 23

Sept 2023

Dr. Ben Houltberg, Ph.D, LMFT and President & CEO of the Search Institute will help us understand how to help young people grow and thrive, especially in the face of adversity. "Resilience is not a skill, but a community." 

Developmental relationships are the roots of thriving and resilient young people. Through these relationships, young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with, and contribute to, the world around them. Join us for practical application on how to to help youth live resilient lives. 


Cadet Wings: Application Preparation

Watch Recording

June 2023

This webinar walks cadets through the application process for Cadet Wings and what documents to have when applying. All interested cadets, parents, and senior members are encouraged to view. For more information on Cadet Wings, visit:


YDC Extension: How to Create a Youth Development Conference Session or Stand-Alone Session

Watch Video

Lesson plans & Resources

May 2023

At the Youth Development Conference we discussed a lot of important topics surrounding squadron culture, building resilience, creating a culture of reflection, relationship building, and more. In this session we will take the most important concepts and put them into a 1-hour session that you can deliver at your wing conference, as a stand-alone virtual session, a CPO training, or wherever you choose. Included in the session notes are links to lesson plans and resources.  You do not need have attended YDC to find value in this virtual session; we encourage anyone who might want to help further CPO’s understanding of youth development concepts to view.



YDC Extension: Applying Youth Development Concepts to Encampment Culture

Watch Video

Lesson Slides, Reflective Questions & Other Resources

April 2023

This year’s Youth Development Conference focused on creating a framework that helps to build resilience in youth. This virtual session teaches you how to infuse these concepts into encampment culture, including the five-step framework for resilience, reflective practices and building connections with students. You do not need to have attended YDC to gain valuable insight from this virtual session. We encourage all encampment staff and those involved in the planning of an encampment to view.


Annual Cadet Survey Results 

 Watch Video

March 2023

Curt LaFond reviews the results of the Annual Survey sent out to cadets, parent and CP officers. 


USAF Academy Admissions Event Recording

Watch Video

February 2023

The USAF Academy admissions team will hosted a virtual event just for CAP. Cadets learned how to prepare themselves for the application process for admissions to the Air Force Academy. They also met new graduates who answered questions about how to succeed in garnering a spot in the next cadet class. Session includes a presentation and Q&A.


BGCA/CAP Partnership Kickoff Meeting

Watch Video

March 2022

Connect with the Boys & Girls Club of America representative and get started on accessing all the wonderful resources that BGCA has to offer. 
Meet the BGCA liaison and learn how to register for Take a guided tour of the specific opportunities available to those associated with the BGCA Military Youth Affiliated Programs, discover where to find BGCA grants open to CAP and other opportunities that are available to CAP members. 


Cadet Advisory Council

Jan 2018

The Cadet Advisory Council is one of the most common yet mysterious aspects of the Cadet Program.  Hear from the members of the NCAC about the purpose, operations and best practices of the council. 


Squadron Operations


Supporting Cadets with Special Needs

Dec 2018

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program welcomes young people of all backgrounds and abilities in our important work.  CAP's Nondiscrimination Policy makes it clear that we'll make "reasonable accommodations" for individuals, but when a prospective cadet with special needs arrives at your door it may not be clear how best to include and support them.  Please join us for a discussion on what we can do to make sure that all cadets are able to participate in the full breadth of cadet life.  


Active Cadet Fitness Program


The updated Active Cadet Fitness Program aligns the cadet fitness curriculum with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.  The new CPFT regiment will be available immediately upon publication of CAPR 60-1, but isn't mandated until 1 January 2018.  Learn what makes the updated program different, what you'll need and how to make a smooth transition.




2023 Encampment After Action Review

Watch Video

September 2023

What were the lessons learned from Summer 2023 Encampments & from the first National Encampment Survey?


Summer 2023 Encampment Commanders

Watch Video

March 2023

Come get the latest information about this summer's encampment season.



Summer 2023 Commandants of Cadets

Watch Video

March 2023

The Commandant of Cadets is the role that directly supports the learning goals of the Cadet Encampment Program and has the biggest impact on the cadets at the activity. Hear from the experts and share your own best practices for making encampment a positive, life-changing experience for students and cadre. 



Summer 2023 Training Officers- Supporting Cadet Success

Watch Video

May 2023

Join experts from across the country in discussing tips and tricks for seniors serving as training officers at encampments.



Summer 2023 Cadet Executive Staff- Setting the Tone

Watch Video

May 2023

Join experts from across the country in discussing tips and tricks for cadets serving as executive staff at encampments.


Summer 2023 Cadet Cadre: Tips for Success

Watch Video

May 2023

Join experts from across the country in discussing tips and tricks for cadets serving as flight staff at encampments.



Special Activities


National Cadet Special Activities and CadetInvest - Financial Assistance


Have you wondered how to apply for a National Cadet Special Activity?  Are you curious how cadets are selected?  As a commander or Director of Cadet Programs, you need to approve cadet applications. Where do you do that?  Wonder what scholarships or financial assistance is available to cadets from National Headquarters for cadets and how to apply? With the introduction of Youth Aviation Initiative programs, we have over $1M to help cadets attend activities and further their flying experience.  Join this webinar for a quick review of what you need to know about National Cadet Special Activities, CadetInvest and our newest diamond of cadet life-Cadet Wings-financial assistance for achieving a private pilot certification.


National Cadet Special Activities


Come and learn about National Cadet Special Activities! Cadets, learn how to apply and maximize your chances of getting slotted for your dream activity. Senior leaders, learn how to manage the process, approve applications and help cadets along the way.


Conference Sessions


Youth Development Conference - January 2022 (Virtual)

2022 YDC Website

Jan 2022

The 2022 CAP Youth Development Conference will focus on cultivating cadet programs to be memorable experiences that stimulate powerful learning and growth. Many CAP activities successfully create these types of experiences; leaders can leverage the Experiential Learning Cycle and Choice Theory strategies to elevate these activities to be robust and intentional experiences for cadets to learn, reflect, and grow.

Conference participants will discuss how we can elevate the culture of our home units to create environments that support positive youth development, which in-turn foster cadets' intrinsic motivations for learning and growth. We’ll examine the importance of building relationships to create positive cultures and explore how the simple habit of reflection can significantly impact youth development, elevating cadets' experiences from fun and memorable to meaningful, substantial moments of growth.

Participants will further their understanding of practical methods for designing positive youth development experiences and creating cultures that encourage growth.

All conference sessions were recorded and posted on the 2022 YDC Website



Be an Ally:  Supporting LGBT Cadets


All across America, social dynamics are changing and we’re seeing an increasing number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cadets. Yet many adult volunteers lack experience mentoring LGBT youth and have questions on practical matters affecting their full inclusion. This session is an opportunity to ask questions, learn about best practices, and become a more effective ally for all cadets, especially LGBT cadets.




Last Update: 12 April 2024

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