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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 CAPE LIFE The sky's the limit for Cape Civil Air Patrol c, det By Rosanne Pack He may not look like a white- bearded Uncle Sam, but Tech. Sgt. Kevin Clark is a walking recruitment poster when it comes to the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Pro- gram. The 15-year-old Cape Henlopen High School sophomore is acting cadet commander for the southern Delaware CAP squadron that is headquartered in Georgetown. He has been active for more than three years now, and he sees his participation as a step up toward school and a career. As he explains the activities and rewards of being a cadet member of the CAP, he points out that the skills and accomplishments don't stop with a positive boost to the self esteem, even though that is a key element. "Your awards and ranks and membership on things like the drill team and Cadet Advisory Council look good on a college application," he said. "And it helps with jobs, too." The cadet program is open to boys and girls from 12 to 18 years old. In addition to all the practical reasons for joining the CAP, Clark is excited about how much fun it can be as well. Since he joined as a pre-teen, he has attended numer- ous encampments, bivouacs, lead- ership schools and competitions. He has flown in a single engine plane with an instructor, traveled to Ohio on an Air Force C130 and talked to radio operators all over the country. A program of opportunity "I want more people to know about the cadet program. I don't see why anyone wouldn't want to join," he said. "! have learned so much and I have so n many oppor- tunities through the program, I just can't say enough." Get the young man started, and he will at least try to say enough as he describes the program. He has learned emergency first aid techniques, how to read a compass and plot a course and how to read a transmitter that tracks downed air craft or an overturned boat. He has become familiar with hand- books full of regulations, and learned a lot about aero-space technology. As cadets pass through the ranks, they study dif- ferent handbooks, and they must test successfully on the material before they move to the next rank. "We learn a lot about military codes; the Civil Air Patrol is structured after the Air Force ranks and regulations." He point- ed to a pile of handbooks as he said, "We read them on our own, and then go over them in our meetings. To pass off on a rank, we have to score 80 or above. In addition to knowing the regula- tions and some history, to test through a rank you also have to perform certain physical tasks. The program is geared to increas- ing the knowledge and physical and mental well-being of the cadet." Service and fun Clark knows that most people identify the CAP with serving in times of emergency such as natur- al disasters or with locating lost aircraft or boats. He said that the emergency services are an impor- tant part of the CAP for both cadets and the Seniors, the adult members. Some of the first skills learned include the basics of search and rescue and the use of a ham radio for emergency trans- missions. "We learn how to use a trans- mitter that picks up a signal from a plane or boat; and we have to learn CPR and some first aid skills," he said. "Mostly we do the locating, and then usually para- medics take over if they are need- ed. "Some of us may go to work in emergency shelters if storms cause an evacuation. For non- emergency situations, we often are called to help with parking and traffic control at parades and com- munity events." Those are some of the visible things that the cadet program engages in that the public sees. What Clark wants to make sure of is that community members know that CAP Cadets offers so much more that is not necessarily in the public eye. And, he points out that the program is not restricted to youngsters. Adults in the pro- gram, Seniors, attend cadet meet- ings, provide guidance, supervise testing, serve as-drivers, and many are also flight instructors. Clark said that many of the Seniors are retired military, but previous military service is not a requirement. He said some adults get involved because their chil- dren are in the program. Smiling, the Cadet Commander added, "Some Seniors join because they like the memories of their years in the service, Teach- ing young people the skills they learned, the military code, and going on bivouacs and speaking at leadership schools, they enjoy it and it is great for the cadets. "Some of the speakers that we hear are just inspirational." Wide open future Clark's participation in CAP Cadets includes serving as acting :::::: (:::: ..... %!!, Rosanne Pack photo From the boots up, Cape Henlopen High School sophomore Kevln Clark has accumulated an assortment of uniforms and paraphernalia and a head full of information in his years with the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. He is the acting cadet commander of the southern Delaware squadron. cadet commander of the local squadron, membership on the statewide Cadet Advisory Council (an equivalent to student govern- ment) and marching with the drill team. He has spent weeks at encampments at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and he has earned certificates, ribbons and medals for attending leadership schools and special seminars. His plans include joining the reserves when he graduates from high Continued on page 23 Laws of physics should apply to your posture When you were in school (be it elementary or medical), everyone at one time or another slept through a class or two. At the top of the sleeping list was a class called "Introduction to Physics." Not only was the name repulsive, but it was always taught by a male teacher who was frequently seen walking around campus carrying on animated conversations with a slide ruler. He alwa,s sat alone in a comer of the cafeteria eating cottage cheese that ran out of the side of his mouth, and gaping at center- folds of Einstein writing formulas on the blackboard. But everyone needed that one extra math credit, and since the class "Intricate Plots of Batman and Robin," already had a waiting list, most students felt they could use the rest any- way. AROUND TOWN t turns out t yscs actually has very practical appli- cations in everyday life. A cause was always followed by an action. For instance, if you were in a car, traveling at a high rate of speed, with your arm around a babe in a spangled tube top, according to the laws of physics the time it took an attorney from the law firm of "Accidents 'R' Us." to get to your hospital room would be equal to the time it took to warm up the Batmobile, which you would have known all about if you had been able to get into the other class. There is no such thing as mys- teries when it comes to physics. Everything is factual. Let's sup- pose you were lying on a couch watching the fishing channel. Somewhere in that time frame you lost the remote control. And at this point you have also lost all circulation in your derriere because you have been holding your breath waiting for a fish to be caught. According to the laws of physics, it would take at least three people to lift you off the couch and at least one hour for the swelling to subside. In the world of physics, area times the mass equals swollen things. And so it was when I bent over to tiemy shoes the other day, remembering the laws of physics (O.K. so my nickname in college was Mrs, Cliff Notes) at the very least I expected that my spine would straighten up, as in "stand." Well, holy nolo contendere! For the next four days the most Icould muster was a crouch position, so that I looked like one of those creatures called "Homo Erectus Sapiens." You always see. these semi- human animals in the "National Geographic" magazines as part of the evolution chain. If this back condition isn't corrected in a week's time, eventually all the hair on your body would grow to the floor and you would develop ape-like facial features. O.K. so what do you do with a bad back? Well, experts tell us that muscle relaxants are the answer. Unfortunately this leads some of us to the "Homo Erectus, Coma Sapian" stage, where you are still crawling around on all fours; it's just that you don't seem to mind. Well how about a heating pad? At first glance this is appealing. Heat is good. But once again, the laws of physics apply. It will take two days for your back to gain the odor of seared meat. It would seem natural that the laws of physics should apply to your posture and specifically your back. But someone else was sleeping through that class. Per- haps it was your spine: