National Encampment Training Manual Series
The National Encampment Training Manual (NETM) Series is a collection of documents to aid encampment staffs in the planning and conduct of a Civil Air Patrol encampment. Using the best practices culminated from around the nation, these documents represent the time-and-again proven and repeatedly successful philosophies, techniques, procedures and policies used in CAP's best encampments.
The NETM itself...
The NETM (draft) is a complete user guide for conducting an encampment. This document is being test driven by National HQ for eventual approval as a CAP Pamphlet (CAPP 52-xx, number TBD), and is available here for your use. It is a reference draft, and not the final or an official version of the document. The NETM has not been approved by the NEC or National Board in any offical capacity.
The NETM features:
As a web page (Link to table of contents; old version)
Basic Cadet Operating Instruction
The Basic Cadet Operating Instruction is a cadet's personal encampment instruction book. It contains all the rules, regulations, procedures and general knowledge an in-flight cadet must know to function and succeed at encampment. It is formatted to fit easily in the pocket of the BDU's or blues so the cadet may have a copy of the general encampment rules on hand. The rules are generic to apply to all wing encampments, but specific enough to remain useful. Included is space for notes to include any additional instructions or study materials specific to your wing's encampment.
The document is formatted to be cut at exactly 6 inches in length. This is so every cadet at encampment has a 6" ruler issued to them to help them make their bunks. This eliminates the need for flight staff to keep track of a handful of rulers passed around their flight.
To print this document, you must use a 2-sided capable printer. A copy service, such as Kinkos or Staples, will have this capability if you do not. Print the document as-is, in 2-sided format. The pages are ordered in such a way that when you stack your 2-sided printout, and fold along the center margin, the booklet is in numbered order.
The instructions for printing:
Basic Cadet Workbook
The Basic Cadet Workbook is an integral part of the NETM series of documents. It is an interactive workbook for each cadet in flight to help them learn the basic academic materials taught at encampment. This workbook will also aid cadets in improving their written test scores, provided an encampment written test is administered at the start and finish of the encampment.
Recommended Reading by Position
The Recommended Reading document outlines suggested chapters to read based on your duty at encampment. It is helpful for those wishing to target the specific chapters of the NETM that pertain to their particular encampment duty. It is differentiated between cadets and seniors as well.
New York Wing Inspection Standard
The New York Wing Inspection Standard outlines the scoring methods and criteria for encampment barracks, drill, knowledge and uniform inspections. This document ends the constant and repeated re-work for the Stan/Eval Team or command staff to create an inspection scoring system. It is based on the training goals of the ETM. The standard allows for flexibility and choice based on specific conditions at your encampment (such as is it open bay or two-person rooms).
Using the inspection standard over multiple years allows staffs to compare apples to apples from previous encampments, giving a measure of whether the program is improving year over year or not. It also enables command staff to motivate their cadets to be the "best ever", allowing for a true comparison to other encampments.
CURRENT AS OF: 1 APR 2002.
Encampment Management Program & Database
The Encampment Management Program is a MS Access database which substantially aids the administration of encampment. It handles all personnel records associated with the activity, including medical and financial. It features:
To sum up, it's an enormous timesaver!!! Since its use at NYWG encampment in 1999, the administration staff went from 6 (plus two seniors) needed to manage 120 personnel records to 3 (plus one senior) needed to manage 337 personnel records.
Get more done with fewer resources.
Flight Commander's Handbook
The Flight Commander's Handbook (FCHB) is a practical leadership guide for cadet flight commanders. Included are example scenarios, tips and techniques to handle common issues, and a detailed look at what being a flight commander (and sergeant) is all about. Included are example inspection forms, a guide to day-to-day operations and a 1-page guidon bearer drill "cheat sheet" (this guide (no pun intended) is used in NYWG's guidon class, taught to all cadets).
The handbook also deals with applying the training guide (from the NETM, see above) to the flight, giving specific examples of how the training philosophy can be implemented. It also outlines how the in-flight positions work, from the perspective of the flight staff.
This document is also good for squadron commanders, the deputy cadet commander and TAC Officers to gain perspective on how to coach flight commanders. Included is a link to a MS Powerpoint presentation for these people to outline the document to flight commanders during the staff skills training weekend.
CURRENT AS OF: 1 DEC 2003.
Under construction- last updated 27 JAN 05.
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