Lee County Civil Air Patrol cadets from Lee County Schools Cadet Squadron and Oasis Schools Cadet Squadron will be holding a Curry Boot Camp at Oasis Middle School Friday, Sept. 30. through 9 a.m., Sunday Oct. 2.
An estimated 60 cadets and senior member will participate.
During the training weekend cadets will learn about Civil Air Patrol traditions, history, leadership, drill, team work and much more. Experienced cadets, (those that have advance beyond Cadet Airman) will run the boot camp and teach classes.
At the concussion of the encampment, new cadets will have met the requirements to advance to the rank of Cadet Airman and earn the Curry Award.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009.
Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years and will celebrate its anniversary in December.
Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol, has a membership of 2,090 cadets and 2,110 senior members. There are 12 squadrons in Group 5 which encompasses Southwest Florida from Bradenton in the north, to Marco in the south and Highlands County, Sebring in the east.