National Emergency Services Training
Hawk Mountain Ranger Training School
Founded in 1956, Hawk Mountain Ranger School is the longest running Search & Rescue school in the country. Students as young as 13 and through adulthood are faced with challenging tasks and intense training, both in leadership and practical skills. The confidence gained through facing these challenges prepares graduates to face challenges not only in SAR, but in all aspects of life.
Throughout the training, students embody the CAP core values. Integrity, to the point of letting go of personal desires is the main focus of the Ranger Creed, which concludes:
"These things I do, that others may live..."
Today, the school runs training events year round and members of New Hampshire Wing, and our squadron, have been regular attendees at two of these training events; Winter Survival School (held annually in February) and Summer School (held annually in July). Summer School, a National Cadet Special Activity (NCSA), offers students a number of different tracks to attend, including:
- Basic Course (Cadets)
- Advanced Course (Cadets)
- Field Medic Course (Cadets & Seniors)
- Senior Officer (Seniors)
- Ranger Staff (Cadets)
- Ranger Team Commander (Cadets & Seniors)
- Overhead Team Management (Cadets & Seniors)
- Special Advanced/Individual Studies (Cadets & Seniors)
- Ranger Command & General Staff School (Seniors)
- Communications School (Cadets & Seniors)
- Aircrew Survival (Cadets & Seniors)
Cadets who have acheieved their Curry Achievement and completed a basic cadet encampment, and Senior members who have completed their Level 1 training may apply to attend this activity when NCSA applications are open for submission.
For more information about this activity please visit the activity website here, or speak to the squadron's Emergency Services Training Officer, Maj. Cameron Thompson.