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    Best Practices Exchange

    HQ CAP uses this CrossTalk web page to share the "best practices" of our members.

    To view some of these resources, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader­ or the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

    Do you have high-quality training resources? Then share them! We welcome the following:

    • High-quality training materials that have been demonstrated successful at the wing or region level.
    • Training resources will be evaluated for ease of use and national applicability.
    • Submissions should not duplicate products already included here.
    • Original source documents must be carefully recited and any copyrights already secured.
    • Approved submissions will be published on this page on a space-available basis.

     If your product meets the criteria above, have your wing or region contact us at

    March 16, 2015

    Laurie Twibell came across a way to ensure that the cadet officer grades look great when sewn onto the BDUs. She is the mother of a Spaatz cadet, so she has a lot of experience with sewing on cadet grade.

    January 29, 2015

     Many units and wings now have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.   These are two great ways to reach out to cadets and get greater participation at activities!  Here are examples from the Youngstown unit         Civil Air Patrol, You were mentioned in a Tweet!  ...

    February 21, 2014

     Thanks to Texas Wing for creating and sharing with us a behavior contract addressing areas of concern for overnight events.  

    December 27, 2012

    I've adopted [ the Cadet of the Month program ] for my squadron's Cadet of the Quarter & Year program.  Using the NHQ  score sheet, I've converted it to a spreadsheet for easy sharing (I share it on Dropbox) and computation. That said spreadsheet is attached as  xls and xlsx...

    August 15, 2012

    Cadet Programs at CAP NHQ thanks Lt Col Connie O'Grady of New Jersey Wing for submitting this guide entitled "How Civil Air Patrol Can Help Get Our Cadets Into College."

    December 8, 2011

    Dan Routier, MO Wing, provided us with SDA templates for all to use via google docs, no login required. However if someone wants to create a google docs copy of the template "make a copy", you need to sign in to your google account.  He argues that everyone should just use google docs anyway (because it's...

    October 31, 2011

    “The only thing my squadron does for physical fitness is the cadet physical fitness test (CPFT) once a month. We have a few cadets that fail the CPFT time after time, and it’s making them discouraged about staying in the cadet program. Besides the fitness test, what can my squadron...

    October 26, 2011

    “My unit does not do anything with DDR. How do I get my cadets involved in this program?” A lot of units struggle with this issue so we went to some successful members and asked them about it. Lt Danny L. Carter, PCR-WA-069 says: 1. Find a senior and cadet that...

    October 11, 2011

    Announcing a new Drug Demand Reduction program for use by all squadrons: the DDR Excellence (DDRx) Activity Guide has been released online for download and viewing. The DDRx program rewards a CAP cadet for successfully completing activities related to making good choices, choosing good role models, avoiding substances that have...

    September 30, 2011

    Maj Joel Cosmano offers this simple Cadet rank test for all to use.

    August 2, 2011

    Arthur Woodgate, Director of Public Affairs & Director of Organizational Excellence for Southwest Region shared this with us as a way to encourage members to contribute to their Public Affairs. Any Texas Wing cadet who gets four articles published on Texas Wing News Online will earn a CAP Achievement Award (CAA)....

    June 16, 2011

    Buddy McCormick, Colorado Wing Director of Safety, offers some activity planning suggestions in the attached bulleted checklist.

    March 30, 2011

    Noel P. Luneau, Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188 (CAWG) Our Squadron has created various guides to help our new members navigate the first year of membership.  This is to reduce the burden of the many questions that new members ask in the first year of their CAP membership.  These guides...

    February 8, 2011

    David Gregg, of the Savanah Composite Squadron (GA-075), developed this 3x5 index card leaders book and found that it has accelerated his NCOs learning and organizational skills. "This is simply printable on 3x5 cards on any printer. We purchase a 3x5 Mead Ringdex ($2.99) at office max which is a simple hard cover...

    January 11, 2011

    Jonathan L. Wilkins of the Rushmore Composite Squadron in South Dakota developed a guide for new members based on his experience joining the program.  

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