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Youth Development Conference

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: TBD 


17-19 January 2025

The conference will be held over MLK weekend. Conference sessions to take place Friday night (7:00-9:00), all day (8:30-5:30) Saturday & all day Sunday. 


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 add you to the waiting list. 

Invitations typical go out in November, so be sure to watch your email. 

Tuition & Expenses    

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

  • Cadet Programs Officer  Discounted Registration fee: TBD ($120 in 2024)

  • Approved Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a specific amount - TBD ($425 in 2024). 

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

Cancelation Policy


Course Credit  

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

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