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Civil Air Patrol members recently participated in the Minnesota Wing Winter Survival Weekend near Bemidji.

Local Civil Air Patrol squadron hosts survival weekend

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BEMIDJI – Northland Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol of Bemidji recently hosted the annual Minnesota Wing Winter Survival Weekend near Bemidji.

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Fifty-seven CAP senior members (adults) and cadets from squadrons around Minnesota endured frigid temperatures (19 below), camping outdoors as they received search and rescue training.

They checked in Friday night and then set out to build their own shelters to stay warm. On Saturday, teams of eight to 10 members set out, using compasses, maps and clues to find various items that were “lost” in the woods. An airplane fuselage was one of the items found.

This training equips Civil Air Patrol members to be prepared for a mission involving a missing person or aircraft.

The two main goals of Winter Survival Weekend are to:

-- Teach members to live in extreme cold weather conditions while learning basic winter survival skills.

-- Teach members to conduct search operations in winter weather conditions.

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