UPDATE as of June 6, 2020    Basic Encampment 2020 has been canceled. 
                    See copy of Wing Commander email on Press release and Urgent Update page.

Greetings Cadets, Parents, and Senior Member Staff

Welcome to New Jersey Wing Basic Encampment 2020 (BE20) and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. This year we will be offering Regional Cadet leadership School in conjunction with basic encampment. 

Basic encampment is a week long journey to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and solidify their moral character. Cadet students learn about following, CAP, and military life, while improving confidence; cadet cadre learn to lead, building high performing teams, and attaining group goals.  Every cadet will emerge on graduation day with new knowledge and skills to apply in the real world.

The new encampment graduates will also be poised to proceed to the first major milestone in the cadet program, the Billy Mitchell Award.  Earning this award prepares the cadet for new learning experiences as a cadet officer and also secures a higher rank and pay if he or she enlists in the Air Force  So encampment is the gateway to the next level of learning and achievement in the CAP cadet program. The military-style training opportunities and military life immersion will give cadets an idea of what careers are available throughout the military and the rigors of life in today’s military.  

Regional Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)  is a 4-day advanced leadership school.RCLS is designed for Cadet Officers to learn new skills and knowledge they need to be more effective leaders in their home squadrons and wings. The RCLS blends classroom theory with hands on training to help cadets truly grasp the concepts they are being presented.  There will be daily assignments and group discussions on leadership, ethics, and management.  Cadets will be given daily leadership assignments, both individual and group, that they will have to complete. The students that attend the NER RCLS will be expected to staff themselves, and maintain the highest standards of academic performance and behavior. The RCLS is academically challenging and the students will have to manage their own time to ensure that they successfully complete RCLS.  The students that attend this RCLS will be Cadet Officers, and they will be treated as such. There is one theme that permeates all of RCLS, that is the concept of servant leadership. It is summed up in our motto “Protelo est Ministro”, which means “to Lead is to Serve”.  Unfortunately RCLS will be rescheduled due to COVID-19

BE20 will prove to be a very exciting year. There will be multi-level learning which is sure to produce outstanding cadets.

 I join the BE20 staff in welcoming you to BE20 and sharing this journey with us.  We will all be better for it.  See you at in-processing. 

Registration for encampment can be done on the registration  page.

Contact the NJWG  Staff - encampment@njwg.cap.gov