Approximately 150 teens involved in the Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program will compete in a test of mettle and precision during the 2009 National Cadet Competition, which will be held July 9-13 at Linfield College and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore.
Cadets earn the right to attend the national competition by winning local, state and regional competitions. Each of CAP’s eight geographical regions is represented by a four-person color guard and a 13-person drill team.
Cadets will demonstrate their skills in events that involve precision, including innovative and standard drill movements, indoor and outdoor posting of the American flag and creativity and knowledge of aerospace-related topics, including a written exam and panel quiz, as well as physical fitness challenges involving volleyball and a mile run.
Inspections and drill competition will be judged by the Air Force Honor Guard; and volleyball professionals will judge the volleyball competition according to USA Volleyball Domestic Indoor Competition rules.
The overall winners of color guard and drill team competitions will earn the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Sweepstakes Trophy. Top cadets in the various individual categories also will be honored. Last year’s champions were the Southeast Region’s color guard and Southwest Region’s drill team.
For more information: GoCivilAirPatrol.com.