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What is the Youth Development Conference?

YDC is the premiere professional development opportunity for CP officers. For the Cadet Program to reach the next level of its success, and continue to stay relevant to the needs of today’s teens, our Cadet Program Officers must look for inspiration in the wider profession of youth development. 

The Youth Development Conference aims to bring in experts in the field of youth development to help us see how those principles can be used to enhance our already excellent youth leadership program. If CAP wants to remain a leader in youth development, we must continue to learn and grow as the research develops.  The conference aims to help CP officers learn what issues affect teens today, and what other youth-serving organizations are doing to remain relevant to today’s challenges, all while we simultaneously maintaining CAP's best traditions.

This Year's Theme: Strengthening Cadets

The 2023 CAP Youth Development Conference will focus on Strengthening Cadets. In order for cadets to be successful in life they need to have skills to manage challenging situations. The ability to deal with change, uncertainty and stress is a key predictor of success. 

In this year’s conference we will focus on the practical steps of how to build resilience in youth.  CAP’ Cadet Program is well-positioned already to help cadets build skills such as competence, character, and confidence. During the conference, participants will engage in dynamic, interactive sessions that will challenge you to take a fresh look at how we help cadets build connections, engage with failure and expand their possibilities. 


13-15 January 2023

The conference will be held over MLK weekend. Conference sessions to take place Friday night, all day Saturday & all day Sunday. 


YDC will be held in person this year at:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport
5555 Hazeltine National Dr,
Orlando, FL 32812

Invited Audience

This program is limited to Region and Wing DCPs or their designee, invited members of the National Cadet Team, and distinguished guests. We encourage a representative from each wing and region to be present. If the DCP can’t make it, please select a designee to take your place.

As space allows, other members will be invited. If you are not a DCP but interested in attending the conference, please email Elizabeth Hornbach at and we will make a note. 

Tuition & Expenses    

To make the conference accessible, the tuition will be reduced. A part of the registration fees will be covered by CAP, and a part by the attendee. 

  • Registration fee: $120

  • Approved Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $425 ($700 for AK & HI). Please review the YDC travel policy BEFORE purchasing any travel. 

  • Hotel expenses will be paid by CAP, on a double-occupancy basis. Single occupancy may be available for an extra charge of $255 (subject to hotel availability).

  • Breakfast and lunches will be provided on Saturday & Sunday.

Cancelation Policy

Tickets are refundable until November 27th. After that tickets are transferable to another invited guest until December 8, 2022. After December 8 tickets cannot be refunded or transferred.

Course Credit  

This conference meets the requirements for a Level 3 conference attendance. The conference will be added to eServices and a completion certificate will be sent after the event.  You must attend at least 80% of the conference to receive credit.



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