ERIC Number: ED233856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Flying High With Civil Air Patrol: The Sierra Blanca Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
Carnicom, Gene E.
The Sierra Blanca Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Squadron from Mescalero, New Mexico, is a program funded by the tribe and the state of New Mexico for Mescalero Apache youth. The national CAP Cadet Program promotes moral leadership, aerospace education, leadership, and physical fitness; Mescalero cadets have learned self-confidence and leadership skills from participation in the program. Although many Mescalero cadets were initially shy and embarrassed when they excelled in activities, had to do public speaking, or were placed in leadership positions, some have overcome their shyness and assumed positions of responsibility in the Squadron. Other problems have been: occasional cultural conflicts between some Mescalero cadets and some white cadets from Ruidoso, where Squadron meetings take place; problematic attendance at meetings and special training events; lack of parental involvement; and peer pressure. The CAP offers alternatives to drug or alcohol abuse and encourages school attendance. Since the Sierra Blanca Squadron has no aircraft, it emphasizes emergency medical services, radio communications, and ground search and rescue activities, which are useful because the mountainous terrain and high altitude results in a high accident rate among civilian pilots. The history of the national CAP, its requirements, and its mission are also described. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A