CADET GREAT START

Cadet Great Start is a comprehensive introduction to CAP for new cadets. It transforms a cohort of ordinary youth into Cadet Airmen in 5 short weeks, while giving cadet NCOs and officers opportunities to apply their leadership skills.

This resource page has been developed IAW CAPP 52-9:  Orientation & Training for Civil Air Patrol Cadets (a/k/a Cadet Great Start).

Introduction to Cadet Great Start:

Introduction  –  Includes:

  • Cover
  • Preface
  • Hallmarks of the Cadet Orientation & Training Course
  • Course Introduction
  •  Course Outline – Includes The Following Block Objective Outlines:
    —  P1: Pre-Planning (Unit CC & Assigned Project Officer)
    —  P2: Cadet Cadre Training (Assigned Cadre Instructor)
    —  Part 1:  Orientation:  Welcome to CAP
    —  Part 2:  Training
    —  Part 3:  Evaluation & Management

Appendix 1:  Pre-Planning & Open House Checklist

Implementation Guidelines and Schedule:

Great Start: Implementation Guidelines  –  Includes:

  • Implementation Guidelines
  • Recommended Schedule
  • Cadet Great Start Weekend Suggested Schedule for Groups & Wings

Appendix 2:  Great Start Checklist (5 wks, 60 days, 1st year)

Appendix 7:  Frequently Asked Questions

Training Senior Members and Cadet Cadre:

SENIOR MEMBER TRAINING:

Senior Member   –  Training Leaders of Cadets (main website)

Senior Members  –  TLC – Cadet Program Fundamentals

CADET CADRE TRAINING:

Cadet Cadre Training Material (Activity P2)

Curriculum:
Great Start Program: Part 1 – Orientation (Week 1)
Welcome to Civil Air Patrol

Planning and Execution of an Open House

Appendix 1:  Pre-Planning & Open House Checklist

Appendix 2:  Great Start Checklist (5 wks, 60 days, 1st year)

Appendix 3:  Materials Checklist (Special Equipment and Materials List)

Appendix 4:  Sample News Release

Appendix 5:  Letter To Schools

Appendix 7:  Frequently Asked Questions

MODULE 1 LESSONS  –  OPEN HOUSE PRESENTATIONS:

Part 1 Lesson Plan Overview

1.1 Exciting Opportunities

1.2 Cadet Membership

1.3 Teambuilding: Mine Field

1.4 Great Start Overview

1.5 Parents’ Introduction

Great Start Program: Part 2 – Training

Part 2 Lesson Plan Overview

MODULE 2 LESSONS:  Leadership

Followership and Drill

2.1 Leadership Foundations 1

2.11 Teambuilding: Identity Crisis

2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15:  Drill and Ceremonies 1, 2, 3, and 4

Teamwork and The Chain of Command

2.2 Leadership Foundations 2

2.21 Grade Insignia (includes printable flashcards)

Customs and Courtesies

2.3 Leadership Foundations 3

2.31 Customs and Courtesies Lab

The Uniform

2.4 Leadership Foundations 4

2.41 Wear of the Uniform Lab

2.42 Uniform Inspection and Tutorial

MODULE 3 LESSONS:  Aerospace Education

3.1 AE Team Activity: Survival on the Moon

3.2 Pre-Flight Activity

3.3 Orientation Flight – IAW CAPP 60-40: Cadet Orientation Flight Program Guide – Combined – Available on this Page (Rev 10/2018)

MODULE 4 LESSONS:  Physical Fitness

4.1 Introduction to Fitness an the CPFT

4.2 Fitness Activity

MODULE 5 LESSONS:  Character Development

5.1 Introduction to the Core Values
(See, NEW CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, 1 Jan 2019)

5.2 The Cadet Oath

MODULE 6 LESSONS:  Special Activities

6.1 Field Safety

6.2 Compass Course

Great Start Program: Part 3 – Evaluation and Management

Part 3 Lesson Plan Overview

MODULE 7 – Cadet Evaluation:

7.1 Pre-Test: Jeopardy – Instructions

7.2 Cadet Physical Fitness Test

  • See HFZ via eServices > Cadet Programs > Cadet Promotions > in the top left menu look for Healthy Fitness Zone

7.3 Written Exam (Curry) – Online via eServices with Cadet CAP ID

7.31 Drill Exam (Curry)

7.32 Written Exam – Corrections

7.33 Recite Cadet Oath

7.4 Cadet Progression & Leadership Expectations

7.41 Leadership Feedback Meeting – Instructions

MODULE 8 – Management

Great Start Graduation and Promotion Ceremony with Squadron Social

  • Graduation Certificates
  • Awards (suggested)
  • Most Outstanding Performance in Drill
  • Highest Score – Written Exam
  • Most Outstanding Performance in Physical Fitness
  • Honor Cadet
  • Most Outstanding Instructor (cadet cadre)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (suggested)

End-of-Course Critique

Curriculum Suggestions

Reporting Requirements:

* This page is a breakdown of the individual areas of preparation, training of staff and execution of the Great Start Program.  For the entire manual in its original format,

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