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WWII Office of Civilian Defense Civil Air Patrol GM-70.pdf

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Washing,ore, D. C.



Cooperation with Air Scouts

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All Unit C~ders

i. Inquiries have been received frmm various Wings as proposed cooperation with
Air Scout units now bein~ organized by the Bey Scouts of America. The attitude of
thls headquarters is that such cooperation is highly desirable.
2. At the present time, the CAA and the U. S. Office of Education are promoting
pro-flight courses in schools tKrou~hout the country in line with the Victory
Program to prepare young people for their places in the war effort. Any school
program, of course, is a stimulus to organization an& training outside the classroom. Many schools have not yet started the pro-flight courses and vol~utesr
eviatlon units are especially valuable in these areas.
3. Our own CAP Cadet program, being limited in membership, will provide opportunities for only a small fraction of the young people who want aviation training. It
i s e u n fi n e d # m o r e o v e r, t o t h e l a s t t w o y e a r s o f s e n i o r h i g h s c h o o l w h i l e t h e r e i s a
natural demand for pro-training at youagsr age levels which CAP is not equipped to
4. Membership in the BOY Scouts is predominantly in the younger age levels. This
organization is in a position to h~ild a br~d base of aviation interest which can
be of great value to CAP and to the future of a~iation. The experience of other
nations and of oar own has clearly demonstrated that the earlier the age a boy
starts to learn about aviation, the higher hi~ skill is likely to be as an airman.
5. The Boy Scouts are a Federally chartered youth agency with 542 Boy Scout Councils and thousands of local troops covering@very section of the United States.
They have deve~eped a sequence of air trhlning activities fo~ CUbs (9 to 12)? for
~ir Scout Ca~dldates (12 and over), and for Air Sc0uts (19 and over). Scout
Leaders will Welcome CAP help in training the boys and will be glad to reciprocate
by aiding in CAP trainin~ courses with which they are familiar from long experience.
6. It is understood that the CAP progr~makes heavy demands upon the time of
iocal mait officers and that the CAP Cadet units, though conducted on a simple plan
~ o m i n i m i z e a d m i n i s t r a t i v e w o r k , a r e a n a d d e d r e s p o n s i b i l i t y. C o n d i t i o n s w i l l v a r y
in different localities and cooperation with the Boy Scouts will be at the discret i o n o f u n i t c o m m a n d e r s . O n e t h i n g t h a t a l l u n i t s c a n d o , h o w e v e r, i s t o a c c e p t
Boy Scout lea~era and teachers of pro-flight courses in the schools to CAP membership so they can check out in the CAP training directives and convey this practical
knowledge to their pupils. CAP is and will remain an adult organization. But we
m u s t t h i n k o f o u r r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s t o t h e a d u l t s o f t o m o r r o w.

E LE L. aom so
National Co~er