wreath_layingCivil Air Patrol inspires youth to be responsible citizens. Cadets serve their communities in many ways:

Local Volunteerism
The Medina County Skyhawks donate time to events happening in the community. We assist vendors and manage handicapped parking for the Red Cross Chocolate Festival, hand out water during community races, and provide an Honor Guard for the annual Black River Veterans Day Program. We also provide an honor guard for the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman for the December Wreaths Across America program as well as assisting with directing traffic and laying wreaths.

Emergency Services & Humanitarian Missions:
Cadets aid adult CAP volunteers in conducting search and rescue and humanitarian missions as qualified radio operators, ground team members and mission staff assistants. Cadets have been credited with locating downed aircraft, finding missing persons, and saving lives.

International Air Cadet Exchange:
Cadets enlarge their understanding of distant cultures by serving as goodwill ambassadors abroad. Hundreds more youth benefit by hosting international visitors. IACE provides youth with an informed perspective on complex world issues. As cadets enter adulthood, the exchange’s benefits become valuable to their nation. Each summer, roughly 80 CAP cadets exchange with 80 international cadets from a dozen or more nations. The friendships they build last a lifetime.

Civic Leadership Academy:
Cadets study the federal government and explore public service careers during an unforgettable week in Washington, D.C. With a curriculum emphasizing persuasive leadership, cadets develop skills they will need to become consensus-builders in their communities. As a capstone activity, cadets visit Capitol Hill and help articulate CAP’s worth to America.

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