- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol will be getting a taste of military life during a weeklong training camp that begins Friday in South Dakota.

Cadets with the Patrol’s South Dakota and North Dakota Wings will participate in the training camp that will take place at South Dakota Army National Guard facilities at Camp Rapid in Rapid City.

Some of the planned activities include training in survival skills, an obstacle course, rappelling and learning leadership skills. The cadets, ages 12 to 20, also learn military customs and courtesies and participate in a variety of physical fitness activities.

Encampment Commander Maj. Nick Gengler says the training “will test a cadet’s mind and body.”

The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization that performs rescue missions.

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