Each year, every Wing has a conference with:
- General Sessions for announcements and wing-wide recognition
- Learning Sessions across all topics – for seniors and cadets
- Networking – meet others from across the wing
- Awards Banquet
- Military Ball.
Anoka has many cadets and seniors who have been nominated for Wing Awards.
It’s a great time to attend and support your fellow wingmen.
Every year, many VIPs attend the Minnesota Wing Conference.
VIPs in attendance include:
Brigadier General Regena Aye, CAP National Vice Commander
Curt Brown, NASA Astronaut (ret)
When is Wing Conference?
April 21-23, 2023
What do you do at Wing Conference?
- Meet cadets and seniors from around the Wing and North Central Region
- Learn from CAP experts on a variety of topics
- Learn what’s happening with CAP around the Wing, Region and Nation
- Annual Awards – See who the best of the best are in the entire Wing
- Formal Banquet featuring VIP guest speaker NASA Astronaut Curt Brown
- Military Ball – after the banquet stay for the dance
Cadet Session Topics include:
- Encampment: Basic to Staff
Come learn all about how to prepare for encampment and what you need to know about being on staff in the future
- Stay On Target
Why are you in CAP? How do you make the most out of your time in the Cadet Program? Learn how to hit the bullseye and reach your goals as a CAP cadet – and beyond. In this high energy workshop, you’ll create a personal step-by-step roadmap to achieving incredible experiences in CAP. This session is for every cadet from Airman Basic to Spaatz.
- How to Build an Award-Winning Color Guard Team
Do you have a color guard team? Do you practice all the time but can’t seem to get any better? Do you want to win every event at Competition next year? Come hear from our award winning color guard teams about what it takes to be the best.
- What is CAC?
What is Cadet Advisory Council? What do they even do? Come join the CAC leaders to learn all about what CAC does, the fun projects they are working on, and more! CAC is much more than a ribbon and a shoulder cord.
- STEM BONANZA
Can a potato really power a light bulb? Can a lemon charge a battery? Come join the fun in this action-packed session and participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities.
- So You Want to Be a Pilot?
Cadet session focused around how to make the most out of flying in CAP. What scholarships are available and how to go from zero to private pilot. Hear from a few cadets who have recently completed their flying journey.
There are more sessions available across all CAP missions.
Watch for announcements as that info is confirmed.
SAMPLE AGENDA based on past events (Confirmed 2023 extra training courses are listed)
As soon as this year’s agenda is released, we’ll make sure to send it outFriday, April 21
1300 – 1700 1st Aid Training Class CONFIRMED for 2023 Register here.
Registration is required as we are limited to 20 spots. Certification is optional. If you choose to get certified, the cost is $25 payable by check or cash at the event. There is no fee if you do not want to be certified.
1300-1700 Senior Member Education & Training: Level 2 Part 2 CONFIRMED for 2023
1430 – 1730 Registration Open
1900 – 2100 Cadet/Senior Socials
Saturday, April 22
0700 – 0800 Registration Open
0800 All Hands General Assembly-Awards-Seniors/Cadets
1115 – 1200
Cadet General Session
Senior General Session
1200 – 1300 Lunch
1300 – 1550 Senior Break Out Sessions
1300 – 1550 Cadet Break Out Sessions
1700 – 1730 Non-Denominational Service
1730 – 1815 Pre Banquet Social Gathering
1815 – 2100 Banquet & Premier Awards Presentations
2100 – 2400 Military Ball
Sunday, April 24
0900 – 1200 Wing Commander’s Call
0900-1100 Senior Member Education & Training: Level 2 Part 1 CONFIRMED for 2023
Where is Wing Conference?
Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN
Approximately 2.5-hour drive from the Twin Cities.
Visit the registration website to reserve rooms.
What is the cost to attend the conference?
Early Bird Registration ends on March 24: $35
Standard Registration March 25-April 10: $45
These costs do not include meals or hotel rooms
Meals are a la carte and must be ordered at the time of registration.
Cadets are required to attend the banquet.
Oftentimes, cadets choose to stay 4 to a hotel room to reduce the per person costs.
(Standard room is $117/night. Four cadets for two nights = $58 total per cadet for the weekend)
Can we bring guests (non-members)?
Yes. Guests can attend this event by filling out a non-member application.
Are there any special requirements for cadets to register?
Squadron leadership will have parents fill out an electronic version Google Form of CAPF 60-80, which is the parent permission form for weekend activities.
This will be sent to parents after cadets submit conference registration.
What is the dress code for this event?
Friday – casual
Saturday – Blues/White Aviator for the morning and afternoon schedule.
This is a formal banquet.
Male members – Blues, Corporate Service Dress or civilian jacket and tie or shirt and tie
Female members – Blues, Corporate Service Dress or evening wear
Suggested dress for guests:
Male guests – jacket and tie or shirt and tie
Female guests – evening dress or suit
I’m ready to register. Now what?
Go to this link to get started: http://www.mncap.org/xp/wingconf.cfm
How do cadets handle hotel room registration, roommates, paying for a room, etc?
Once cadets have identified roommates, squadron leadership must have accountability to know which cadets are rooming with whom.
There are Cadet Protection Requirements for Hotel-Based events
(review CAPR 60-2, Sec 2.7.5 “Hotel based events”)
- Cadet reservations must be made by a parent or guardian
- An adult CAP member needs to check cadets into their rooms with the Cragun’s front desk when the cadets arrive at the resort (payment may remain on the parent/guardian credit card)
- Adult CAP members can only stay in a room with other adults or their own family members
- Cadets cannot stay with non-family, adult CAP members
- A CAP senior member must be identified as person in charge for any cadets in attendance.
- Squadrons shall provide to the conference staff, a rooming list indicating: Cadets, room numbers, SM in charge.
Please fill out this Google Form with the list of cadet roommates.
1 person can fill this out per room
Book your room at https://craguns.formstack.com/forms/mn_wing_cap_2023
This information will be posted on anokacap.com for reference.