Civil Air Patrol Selkirk Squadron holding open house April 2

Selkirk Squadron
Major Kambiz Kamiab and C/SSgt Helen Blackmore launch a rocket at the fairgrounds.

By Cadet Second Lieutenant Leah Koch

CAP LogoSelkirk Composite Squadron invites you to attend our open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Bonners Ferry High School library, 6485 Tamarack Lane, Bonners Ferry, to learn about Civil Air Patrol, which is a non-profit organization for kids ranging from ages 12-18 and adults of all ages. CAP teaches aerospace, leadership, character development, emergency services, and physical training.

The Civil Air Patrol motto is “Semper Vigilans” which means always vigilant or always ready.

Why should you or your child join the Civil Air Patrol? CAP is a team-based organization that focuses on training America’s future leaders. CAP also gives cadets a sense of purpose, confidence and responsibility. Cadets have a chain of command and they can advance through the ranks to achieve more responsibilities and experience. Cadets are required to complete aerospace and leadership modules along with physical training and drill tests to advance in rank.

National Cadet Special Activities are activities cadets can attend during the summer and some in the winter. The activities include: leadership development, emergency services, glider academy, physical fitness, and other aerospace activities. They usually last seven to nine days. These activities are designed to explore civilian and military careers.

Another activity cadets and senior members can attend is encampment, week-long camp for cadets to learn the value of leadership, teamwork and working under pressure, while building their moral values. They will also be able to explore many military careers, including flying and other aerospace related topics.

Emergency services is another amazing part of Civil Air Patrol. Cadets go through search and rescue training along with radio training. Civil Air Patrol cadets go through a radio course called Introductory Communications User Training or ICUT. This is a two-hour online course along with an in person test with a certified communications officer.

Flying is one of the biggest parts of Civil Air Patrol. Cadets go on orientation flights with one of our pilots and get to learn how to fly and even get to fly the plane themselves. Cadets are able to apply for National Cadet Special Activities to learn to fly. They are also able to do their solo flight at the age of 16.

Our squadron goes on many field trips. Cadets are able to go to airports, museums and other fun trips such as going to Silverwood. We also contact pilots and other people to come to the squadron and talk to the cadets about their career and other job opportunities.

In Civil Air Patrol cadets will learn about teamwork, leadership, fitness, aerospace, self-discipline and many other things. Cadets will have many opportunities for their future careers and are also much more likely to be accepted into the United States Air Force, or other branches of the United States Military.

We hope you will come to our open house and learn more about Civil Air Patrol and our squadron. You will be able to talk with cadets and senior members to learn about the program.

For more information please contact 1st Lt Damen Therkildsen at or (208) 217-7377.

Selkirk Squadron
Major Kambiz Kamiab and C/Lt Col Caden Therkildsen prepare for an orientation flight.