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18-25 June 2023

Basic Encampment


The Pennsylvania Wing Basic Encampment (ENC) has been in existence for over 50 years. At one time there were four Encampments: Willow Grove, Fort Indiantown Gap, Hawk Mountain, and Pittsburgh. These were later combined into a PAWG ENC West in Pittsburgh and a PAWG ENC East at Fort Indiantown Gap. In 1998 they were combined into one school and held yearly at Fort Indiantown Gap.

As per CAPR 60-1 Cadet Program Management, Chapter 9: The purpose of the cadet encampment is for cadets to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and reinforce their moral character.  The Encampment curriculum is specifically designed to introduce and reinforce those purposes.

Students that attend the PAWG ENC often find the experience to be a corner stone of their cadet career. Not only is it the gateway to being able to phase into the officer portion of the cadet program as a requirement for the Billy Mitchell Award, but ENC completion also opens up many opportunities, such as the ability to attend National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs) - including Hawk Mountain.  ENC is also a unique opportunity for cadets to interface with other cadets and officers from across the entire state.  Many cadets forge friendships that last the course of their CAP career, if not their lifetime.

A typical day at ENC…

0630 Reveille (Wake-up) 
0630-0730 Physical Training (Stretching, calisthenics, running, etc) 
0730-0830 Breakfast
0830-0930 Prepare for the Day (Shower, iron uniform, polish boots, make bed,etc) 
0930-1200 Classes, activities, training, tours, field trips 
1200-1300 Lunch 
1300-1700 Classes, activities, training, tours, field trips 
1700-1800 Dinner 
1800-2000 Classes, activities, training 
2000-2030 Closing Formation 
2030-2100 Barracks Time (Shower, make bed, squadron time etc) 
2100 Lights Out

  • Minimum grade of C/Airman (completed 1st Achievement)

  • Squadron Commander's Approval

Course Fee

$225 - Includes meals and lodging 

** Payment will be managed outside of the registration system**


Fort Indiantown Gap

Annville, PA


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