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Winter Raptor 2021 Encampment


APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN. Payments will not be accepted until 1 NOV21 pending a GO/NO GO decision due to COVID Concerns.


Registration will open 10 September 

Registration closes 11 November at 2359


Announcing the 2021 Winter Raptor, Joint Oregon Winter Encampment

When:  Cadre: 1400-1600 26 DEC 2021-04 JAN 2022 (Arrivals will open at 1400)

            Students 1400-1500 28 DEC 2021-1200 04 JAN 2022

Where: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center (near Astoria Oregon)

  33168 Patriot Way

  Warrenton, OR 97146



$250 for mainland students (Basic and ATS)

$150 for cadet staff

$100 for AK, HI, territories, or overseas cadets (staff or student).

$0 Senior member positions and dining facility cadets (9).

Transportation: All CAP members flying into Portland (PDX) will be provided baggage claim to barracks transportation. Students Plan your Travel to arrive by 1100 28 DEC 21 at PDX, and schedule your departure after 1600 4 JAN 2022 in order to complete the 1100-1200 4 JAN 2022 graduation activities. Staff and early student PDX arrivals will be picked up by van plan your arrival prior to 1100 26 DEC 21 if possible. Early arrival, even overnight, as early as the 26th will be authorized only if required (i.e. students traveling with family that is staff) but discouraged if possible. Departure AFTER 4 JAN 2020 is STRONGLY discouraged.  ALL members flying to PDX must send their arrival and departure itinerary to 1LT Doug Alvey The transportation officer douglas.alvey@orwgcap.org . Please provide this flight information No Later Than 15 DEC 21

Basic encampment and ATS registrations will be accepted between 10 SEP-11 NOV 2021

Please use the below link to register for the Encampment.  DO NOT REGISTER as staff until you have been selected and notified by the cadet Cadre or LtCol Buchanan, the Commandant of cadets.


The above link will require you to complete the following forms in order to complete your registration. They are uploaded during the online application: CAPF 60-81(replaces 31), CAPF 160, CAPF 161, CAPF 163, and the liability form. A packing list has been published and it is available at the registration link – check your email before departure for updates

These forms will need to be filled out completely; including all parental and unit signatures. IAW CAPR 60-1, Wing Commander signature is not required, but please notify your Director of Cadet Programs of your attendance at an out-of-wing activity. Commanders and parents: Please identify any special needs cadets and any special considerations on the cadet’s form 160.  Please contact myself, the encampment commander, for any special needs requiring one on one supervision, special assistance, or access requirements.


Due to COVID Concerns, All students will have to apply before 10 NOV 21.  Accepted applicants will be considered REGISTERED after they are notified of acceptance – and sent a REGISTRATION and payment COUPON CODE. These codes will be sent out after 1 NOV 21. Payments MUST be processed NLT 21 NOV 21. The reason for the two stage registration process is to prevent any payment prior to a confirmation this event will be held – as we watch Oregon States COVID threat level. A decision should be made by 1 NOV 21 on a confirmation or cancelation of encampment. Do not purchase ANY nonrefundable AIRFARE prior to 1 NOV 21.

Also due to COVID Concerns, it is HIGHLY recommended that all members attending encampment complete their COVID vaccine series more than a week before attendance.  Any member that does not show confirmation of their COVID vaccines will be requested to verify a negative COVID test within 3 days prior to arrival, or confirm they have isolated themselves for 14 days (no contact with anyone outside of household) upon in processing.

Please take note of the CEAP registration option. If you intend to apply for CEAP benefits, select the correct registration category – AND on 1 NOV 2019 immediately, apply for CEAP.



This year’s encampment will feature both basic encampment training squadrons for first time attendees and an Advance training Squadron (ATS) for second year cadets and future staff.

The Basic Encampment is intended to teach the individuals from the participating wings common followership and leadership skills with standardized training and barracks life in a high stress environment.  Graduation from a basic encampment is mandatory (pre-COVID) for all cadets wishing to move on to phase III and earn their Billy Mitchell award. In addition to the four core aspects of the cadet program: Leadership, Aerospace education, physical fitness, and character development, an opportunity to tour local Aerospace themed locations, team confidence course, rotary wing Orientation rides are being scheduled.  Many of the high adventure activities will be weather and installation dependent, and are not guaranteed.

The purpose of the ATS is to bridge the collective training gap for the phase II and III Cadets that have not had the opportunity for advanced NCO and leader training.  The ATS will function as an NCO Academy while incorporating the structure and opportunities of an encampment. Students in ATS will also receive an NCOS graduation certificate and staff and weather dependent either a CAP cadet rocketry badge or STEM badge. Graduates of the ATS will be able to take the additional training back to their home squadrons and will also assist them in preparing for future leadership opportunities in CAP and life. Past encampment participation will be verified for cadets wishing to join as advanced cadets.  Attending this ATS is an excellent opportunity to return to and relive the lifestyle of encampment but get more relevant phase II and III training. (There is no minimum or maximum grade level to attend ATS - just prior encampment graduation)

For senior members interested this year as Training Officers (TO), we are hiring 21 TOs and ATOs plus four Senior Training Officers. We have a limited number of seats for Phase IV Cadets to participate as STO Assistants. Please send an email to harold.buchanan@orwgcap.org and to Tom Weir the Chief Training Officer, if you would like to be part of his Training officer team at thomas.weir@wawg.cap.gov – and a short letter of intent (don’t make it too complicated) and/or Resume. Once assigned a position you will submit a CAPF 17,160 and 161. (60-81 or 17 will be accepted in the PDF attachment for seniors)


Here is the link to the Winter Raptor website.


A winter Raptor Facebook page is available – announcements prior to encampment will be updated there, and, mid encampment updates should be available.


Graduation activities: The Graduation is scheduled to occur at 1100 4 JAN 22.  If weather does not support an outdoor pass and review – 4 separate graduations will most likely be held in various locations.  Squadron Cohorts will be maintained throughout encampment for all indoor activities.  Graduation should be complete at 1200.  Depending on how successful the cadets are in preparing for graduation – ANY CADET that is not flying, may be required to assist in finish clearing their barracks AFTER GRADUATION.  So if you arrive to watch your cadet at graduation, your departure may be delayed as they clear the barracks to the encampment logistics section.  Please factor in that potential delay after you observe graduation.

POC for this action is the undersigned at harold.buchanan@orwgcap.org or 760-475-3009 (text preferred for scheduling calls).

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