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Archive: 2019 


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Read-Ahead Homework   

BGCA Blue Print   pages 6-7, 15-16, 21, 26-39, 49-52 & 55    

The 11 Principles of Character



Raise the bar in professional development for CAP Cadet Programs Officers, particularly DCPs; go beyond familiar training on CAP-specific topics by becoming conversant with the latest research-based best practices in Youth Development; prompt our community members to think of themselves as members of the Youth Development profession

Learning Objectives  

  1. Become conversant on YD fundamentals applicable to nonformal education in the out of school time (OST) space.

  2. Introduce social-emotional learning and service learning as new subject areas relevant to cadets; begin to investigate ways to align current aspects of cadet life with the latest evidence-based standards.

  3. As a community of practice, work together to address challenges relating to cadet protection and help shape the CAP Cadet Program of 2029.

  4. Leave pumped-up and ever more ready to instruct, mentor, and develop today’s cadets into tomorrow’s aerospace leaders.

Invited Audience 

This program is limited to Region and Wing DCPs, invited members of the National Cadet Team, and distinguished guests.

Financial Support 

CAP is making a substantial investment in the YDC. Read on for details about a generous travel allowance, free lodging, and meals. 


Tuition:  $99

Tuition is $99, non-refundable, and due upon registration, which closes on 15 October 2019 (Extended to 18 Oct). Again, CAP is making a substantial investment via a travel allowance, free lodging, and by providing most meals so that you might participate as easily as possible. Further, through command channels, regions and wings are being asked to assist you, if so able, should your airfare run higher than the allowance. Please confer with your wing or region leadership if you are affected.

Program Registration

  • Invitation Only.  This program is limited to Region and Wing DCPs and invited members of the National Cadet Team. Members of the CAP Command Team also will attend.  

  • Substitution Requests.  Requests to substitute an invited participant (ie: DCP unavailable but an alternate is available) will be wait-listed. Please contact For this, our first attempt at a Youth Development Conference, space is limited.


 at Eventbrite YDC Conference. You must use this link to access the private registration.

Program Organizers

The CAP National Cadet Team is organizing this conference.

Prior to Arrival:


  • Pre-Arrival Homework.  Participants are asked to read the following two introductory readings, which should require less than one hour's effort. 

BGCA Blue Print   pages 6-7, 15-16, 21, 26-39, 49-52 & 55    

The 11 Principles of Character

  • Pre-Arrival Webinar.  Staff will host a brief, optional webinar with Q&A opportunities on Tuesday, 1 October, 12 Noon Central. Click here to join. 

  • Arrive at the hotel, Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory, 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur GA, in time for the Program Welcome on Friday, 8 November at 8 pm EST. If traveling by air, we recommend you land in Atlanta by 6pm EST. Hotel check-in begins at 4pm.

  • Learn during conference activities that run Saturday, 8:30am to 6pm EST and Sunday, 9am to 6pm EST.

  • Depart on Monday, 11 November, anytime. Hotel checkout is 11am. Participants who are driving or wanting a red-eye flight are welcome to depart Sunday evening. The conference’s official activities conclude at 6pm. If flying home on Sunday night, we recommend a departure of 8:30pm or later.


The conference proceeds in a casual, collegial environment. The uniform of the day is the CAP Corporate Working Uniform (“golf shirt”) or business casual attire. Pack comfy attire for dinner and fun on the town in the evening.


  • Airport to Hotel.  Airline travelers should use Atlanta Hartsfield Airport (ATL). From ATL, for $2.50 take any MARTA to 5-Points Station and then switch to Blue line to Decatur Transit Station. Allow 20-30 minutes for the trip. Alternatively, taxis and rideshares are also available at your expense, with taxis averaging $45 and requiring up to 1 hour, depending on Friday rush hour traffic.   

  • Within the City. CAP will provide MARTA passes for transportation from the hotel to the conference site and back each day. Expect to walk approximately 0.5 miles incidental to travel on the light rail. Participants having significant mobility issues are asked to contact us at to discuss accommodation requests.

  • Saturday Morning.  Meet in the hotel lobby on Saturday 9 November for a 7:30 am departure; event staff will lead the group to the event site via the MARTA.

  • Religious Services. Several places of worship are located in Midtown Atlanta, within walking distance of the conference site. Everyone is welcome to take whatever time they require to attend services.


Travel Expenses/Reimbursements

CAP is assisting with a substantial portion of participants’ travel expenses through a cost-sharing arrangement paid via reimbursement. ***Upload a copy of your receipts and  itinerary with proof of payment to no later than 18 November 2019.***

  • Driving/Southeastern U.S. Residents. Participants living within 300 miles of Atlanta will be reimbursed for actual fuel and hotel parking expenses to a maximum of $200. CONUS participants living beyond 300 miles from Atlanta will be reimbursed a maximum of $425 (after airfare comparison).

  • Airfare. CONUS participants living beyond 300 miles from Atlanta will be reimbursed a maximum of $425. Our invited Alaskan and Hawaiian participants will be reimbursed a maximum of $700. In all cases, it is up to the individual to make his or her own travel arrangements. Reimbursements will be made to the individual that paid for the ticket.  We do not pay for tickets that use any type of miles or other rewards points to secure the ticket.  Also, CAP does not reimburse flight change fees, insurance, business, reimbursable, or first-class tickets or upgrades, such as extra room.  Airline tickets must be purchased at least 21 days before the date of travel.

  • CAP Travel Authorizations. will be handled by NHQ staff. No further paperwork is required of participants – just save your receipts.  We can reimburse only if you provide detailed receipts via our upload link

  • General Plan. CAP will cover all lodging costs. This represents yet another substantial investment in your participation. To stretch our limited resources, we are arranging double-occupancy rooms (two large beds and a single bathroom shared by two CAP adults) with free standard WiFi. Couples and friends may indicate their desired roommate via the Event Brite registration. If you are to bunk with someone unknown to you, staff will assign a roommate of the same gender.

  • Single Room Requests. Participants may request a single room but are responsible for the additional expense. See Event Brite for details.

  • Off-Property Lodging.  CAP will pay lodging costs only at the Courtyard Decatur. CAP will not reimburse costs at any other property.  

  • Hotel Check-In. Participants will need to present a credit card to cover any incidentals they might charge to the room, but the main lodging costs and taxes will be paid by CAP directly. 

  • Event Check-In.  You'll see signs and/or CAP staff directing you to the CAP event check-in desk.

  • Meals Provided.

    • Friday: 7 to 9 pm EST: Heavy hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of CAP

    • Saturday: 
      Complimentary breakfast at hotel on your own             
      Catered lunch and snacks throughout the day, courtesy of CAP             
      Dinner on your own at your expense (Regions are encouraged to dine together Saturday night

    • Sunday:   
      Complimentary breakfast at hotel on your own             
      Catered lunch and snacks throughout the day, courtesy of CAP           
      Dinner on your own at your expense

    • Monday:       
      Complimentary breakfast at hotel on your own

Participation Requirements    

  • Attend all conference sessions

  • Actively participate in group discussions

  • Complete some reading assignments (requiring less than 1 hour’s effort) prior to arrival

  • Respect academic non-attribution privileges

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