The Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), meeting conducted on the first Thursday of every month is dedicated to physical fitness. As stated in the CAP Physical Fitness program, the goal of the cadet physical fitness program is to make cadets physically fit and to motivate cadets to develop a lifelong habit of exercising regularly. Physical training, accomplished by cadets, helps improve self-confidence, build teamwork, and instill a sense of determination.
Cadets began the evening’s meeting performing the physical fitness test. The mile run was first, closely followed by push-ups, curl-ups, and sit & reach. Once testing was completed, cadets did additional exercises such as Indian runs, sunrise stretches, squats, push-ups (box, Hindu, and chain), and group sit-ups. Cadets also played a game of Sharks and Minnows, with a twist. For every round the rules would change, for one round if a minnow was tagged by a shark, the minnow would have to do ten push-ups.
While cadets did physical fitness outside, prospective cadets executed the wingman’s course inside. The wingman’s course is a teamwork building exercise where two individuals must work together to avoid running into obstacles. Just to make matters interesting, add a blindfold and an object balanced between them.
Near the end of the meeting, cadets performed improvisational speeches to improve public speaking and confidence. The topics were: customs and courtesies, the importance of cement, Christmas trees, and an improvisational speech about improvisational speeches. Finally, at closing formation, announcements were made and a new change in cadet staff positions was revealed:
- Cadet Master Sergeant James Buchheit is the new Flight Commander
- Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker is the new Flight Sergeant
Article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin, NCO PAO