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JULY 2007

I look forward to Encampment every year; this year was no exception. To watch the cadets grow into such confident,
well-rounded young adults is fascinating.
I have so much respect for every cadet, whether first-year or staff, who willingly goes through the rigorous training,
marching, sleepless nights, fire drills, PT, fire drills, heat and exhaustion, marching, fire drills, marching, more fire
drills, and more marching. The cadets who go through this wonderful experience learn more than just basic skills.
They also learn how to work as a group, team spirit (Esprit de Corps), leadership and followership, how to listen and
how to learn. They learn-earn-respect for themselves and others. They learn that they can endure more than they ever
thought possible, when “I can’t go one more step” becomes “Only a mile? Good, it’s an easy day today”. The cadets
learn to encourage each other to keep going; to learn the knot-tie; to make it up the rappelling tower, etc.
From nervous, first-year cadets on their first day to confident, self-possessed young adults on Graduation day, it’s the
work of a group of individuals coming together as a team, encouraging each other, becoming more than one person
in a Flight; it’s becoming part of the Flight, part of the Squadron, part of Encampment/Honor Guard and Maine Wing
Civil Air Patrol. Their pride in themselves and the others in their Flight is evident at the Pass in Review, which is the
culmination of 10 days of hard work and camaraderie.
Many, many thanks to both the Cadet Staff and the Senior Member Staff; none of this is possible without a great
Thank you for a wonderful Encampment. It was Maine Wings smallest in terms of numbers, but I think it was one of
the biggest in what we all learned, the bonds formed, and all the activities!!! Gliders, rappelling, Black Hawks, Honor
Guard Academy, Challenger Leaning Center, night-exercise (aka “capture the soda cans”), bivouacking, firing simu-
lator, and many more activities.
See you all at next year’s Encampment!!!!
Captain Susan Hall
Director of Cadet Programs

Maine Wing
Living in the Dark
You may think that today is hard, but think about

this as you flip a switch and flood your room with light:

the staff, since Sunday night, has been living in the dark

in the tents. As you move about your room with ease,

consider your staff fumbling in the dark, juggling

flashlights and all the other things they have to do to just get ready for bed. Think about getting

changed in blackness, trying to polish boots with one hand (or with no light), or attempting to fold

a uniform without being able to see it. So a quick note to all: appreciate your nice, dry, lighted

rooms as you go to bed tonight while we celebrate the light bulbs that will finally cast our tents in

brilliant illumination...Plus attract the bugs!! C/2Lt. Parks: The Blind Guy

Rifle Drill Class

This class was on basic rifle drill, what is often referred to as

manual of arms, and was taught by C/2lt Farides and C/CMSgt

Hansen. Moves reviewed were: port arms, right shoulder,

parade rest/at ease with a rifle, left shoulder, present/order arms,

and attention with (and returning to attention with) a rifle. All cadets got a chance to practice with a

rifle and receive help from the instructors and flight staff.

“If there is anything I can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.....My Staff” C/1Lt McCarthy

“Don’t think harder, Think Smarter” C/1lt Marenius


All in all the Encampment went very well. Every cadet gave it his or her all, and that is exactly what is always
asked of participants--that they do the very best they can. It is clear, from the determination in PT to how no
one complained when marching up to Starbase, that every cadet gave everything they had to this years
Encampment. Everyone on staff appreciates this and is looking forward to serving with new staff members
next year. 2008 will be an even better Encampment than 2007.

Submitted by: C/2Lt Alex Parks, Encampment PAO



While some cadets were taken to the Brewer Armory for

repelling others were taken to General Aviation for orientation flights.

At the Brewer Armory the cadets were met by Tech. Sergeant

Kulinka, who has been involved in Encampment for many years. Each

cadet donned a harness, put on a helmet, and selected a pair of gloves. As they waited for their turn

to ascend the forty-foot tower, they encouraged their comrades on their way. Waiting to help the cadets

as they crawled over the top and onto the platform were Capt. Bryant,

1Lt. Renzullo (Lori), and 1Lt Renzullo (Abby). These three aided the cadets

with setting up their equipment and maintained safety for all involved.

While some cadets climbed up and jumped off a tower, others were truly

leaving the ground on orientation flights.

Cadets were taken in pairs of two where they watched and

helped the pilot conduct a preflight inspection of the aircraft,

the cadet in the front seat got an opportunity to take the

controls and pilot the aircraft. Orientation flights are designed

to give the cadet an introduction to flying.

Elastic Rockets
Each group of cadets followed instructions to make an elastic rocket.

The rocket is launched by firing it like a rubber band off your thumb.

A distance contest was held between all the rockets. C/SSsgt

Kingsly of the Bravo Bayonets took home the glory with the farthest

flying rocket of the Encampment.

Moral Leadership
Each cadet was given a paperclip to form into something

that was important to them. This was an activity to

demonstrate that what you think is valuable will often

influence what you do. CAP core values and why they

are so important to have they define the basis of a cadet’s or officer’s behavior and therefore play a

major role in determining a CAP member’s actions, was also discussed.

Color Guard Practice

The Challenger Learning Center

Submitted by:C/Chief Megan Arsenaoult
The Bivouac

The cadets were driven to the site where they

constructed their shelter for the night. Sgt. Kulinka

inspected every shelter. The Aces and Bayonets

had a fire building contest. The object was to

build a fire big enough to burn through a rope

suspended about a meter off the ground. The

Bayonets won!!!!

The basic cadets went to FATS (fire arm training

simulation center. FATS uses real weapons which no longer

fire bullets; instead they are loaded with computer chips

and wires and fire laser beams at a huge screen.

Five cadets and some officers went rock climbing at

Eagle’s Bluff.

Encampment is over. It is a bitter-sweet ending for most of us; in the immortal words of

Shakespeare, “parting is such a sweet sorrow”. You have gone through what may have been the

most difficult experience in your lives so far, and we know that you definitely enjoyed every second

of your very full days.

Let us look back at the ten days of encampment: up at 0500, PT at 0515 ending at 0600. Shower

and get ready to be inspected from 0600-0645 when breakfast started. Clean stuff until 0800 then

march to and from Starbase ALL DAY LONG. Chow, classes, inspections, and flight time took

up the rest of the day...Except those special activities.

You have now climbed up and repelled off a forty-eight foot tower, flown in a UH-60 Blackhawk

helicopter, spent the night in homemade shelters in the woods; gone on both powered and non-powered

orientation flights, fired simulated military weapons, gone through simulated space mission, seen the

crash fire rescue building on base and been chased by staff as you scrambled to collect cans to win

ice cream. All these activities took away the monotony of each day’s classes and marching.

You have all earned the right to be very proud of yourselves, and to go on to bigger and

better things in both CAP and life!!!!

You know you’ve been at encampment too long when........

* You stand in chow line procedure at McDonalds

* Sleep in your sneakers on case of a fire drill

* You feel the abnormal impulse to fold your shirts into six inch squares

* You call the room to attention for your parents or teachers