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Cadet Membership

Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.

The program accepts new cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.   It is a year-round program with weekly meetings at a local CAP squadron and additional activities on weekends or during the summer.  Prospective members are encouraged to reach out to Viking Squadron to attend a few meetings and learn more about the program.

Active CAP cadets have opportunities to participate in many activities on the local, state, national and international level. Details about these opportunities can be found at

To join Civil Air Patrol a prospective cadet member must:

  • Attend at least three weekly meetings.

  • Complete the Membership Application online

  • Bring a form of ID to the next meeting so we can approve your application

Annual membership dues for Minnesota are $37, in addition to Viking's dues which are $100 per cadet per year.


Also see our New Member Journey

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