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Winter Raptor 2023 Encampment


Announcing the Winter Raptor 2023,  Oregon Wing Winter Encampment

When: 26 DEC 23 - 3 JAN 24

Where: Camp Rilea
33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 US
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Applications for all cadet cadre positions at Winter Raptor VII (2023) are now closed!

Important dates:

  • 7 AUG 2023:
    • Cadet Squadron Commander, ATS Commander and Deputy Commander, Support Director Positions, Standards and Evaluations Assistant, as well as Plans and Curriculum Assistant.
  • 21 AUG 2023:
    • ALL other cadet positions.
  • 26-27 DEC 2023: Pre-Encampment.
  • 27 DEC 2023 – 3 JAN 2024: Encampment.

Student and ATS Registration is OPEN


$300 for mainland students (Basic and ATS)

$225 for cadet staff

$125 for AK, HI, territories, or overseas cadets (staff or student).

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

$30 for Senior Staff Hoodie

Transportation: All CAP members flying into Portland (PDX) will be provided baggage claim to barracks transportation.  ALL members flying to PDX must send their arrival and departure itinerary to the following page.

Please provide flight information No Later Than 1 DEC 23

New Student and Advanced Training Student registrations will be open in 1 September 2023 to 10 November 2023


Application forms will need to be filled out completely; including all parental and unit signatures. IAW CAPR 60-1, Wing Commander signature/approval is not required, but please notify your Director of Cadet Programs of your attendance to an out-of-wing activity. Please refer to the Related Documents section for the called out documents. 

Commanders and parents: Please identify any special needs cadets and any special diatary or medical considerations on the cadet application form.  Please contact the encampment commander, for any special needs requiring one on one supervision, special assistance, or access requirements.

If Needed: due to COVID Concerns, it is HIGHLY recommended that all members attending encampment be up-to-date on all vaccinations before attendance. all attendees will take a COVID test (at home or lab) with a negative result 36 hours prior to arrival.

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 2022 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.

Winter Raptor 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 an encampment is mandatory 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 NCOA graduation certificate and  participate in a rocketry program or Color Guard elective - based on student preference. 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 30 TOs and ATOs plus Senior Training Officers. We have limited seats for Phase IV Cadets to participate as STO Assistants. Please send an email to the Commander Harold Buchanan harold.buchanan@orwgcap.org , if you would like to be part of our Training Officer team please send a short letter of intent (don’t make it too complicated) and/or Resume. Once assigned a position you will be asked to submit a Registration. 


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 Ceremony will be at 1100 if weather does not permit it will be held indoors.  ALL CADET's that are not flying out early, will be required to assist in finishing clearing their barracks to graduate.  Cadet departure may be delayed as they clear the barracks to the encampment logistics section.

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