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Participant Information

Who Should Participate?

This activity requires the support of both Senior Members and Cadets.  Whether you have special training (such as FLM), culinary skills, want to gain leadership experience or just be a general volunteer, THIS IS THE ACTIVITY FOR YOU!

Event Information

Arlington SkyFest (Formally Arlington Fly-In or AFI) is a weekend activity comprising of both SkyFest and Airport Community Day events.

  • The SkyFest portion of the activity (Saturday) is a drive-in/tailgate format where guests can view historic aircraft (B-17, B-25 and P-51 to name a few), watch an evening airshow, see the brilliance of a hot air balloon glow and awe at the technology and beauty behind a drown swarm show.  In addition, there will be a military parade, classic car show, food vendors military displays and movies playing on the outdoor big screen.  Lastly, there will be a kids area for family fun.

  • The Airport Community Day (Sunday) focuses on free family fun activities.  It includes kids games, arts & crafts, face painting, bouncy houses and food. There will be static displays of aircraft and kids can also sign up for a free airplane ride through the Young Eagles volunteer pilots.

Visit the Arlington SkyFest website for more details about this community event.  LINK.


The CAP Safety Policy is to minimize the risks faced by our membership in the performance of their volunteer duties. No matter your duty assignments, our Safety Officers have evaluated risks and will provide mitigation plans to provide a safe environment for our members.  Some duty assignments do require special training and Op Qualifications sign-offs in eServices.  Other assignments will have training provided during the activity, prior to deploying.  Our goal is to have fun, be safe, and come home with fantastic memories of SkyFest 2024!  All participants should complete the General Emergency Services (GES) training prior to this activity.

What do I bring?

This information will also be emailed prior to Skyfest.

  • CAP ID
  • CAPF 101
  • Physical copy of CAPF 161 used to register on your person (we will delegate a pocket on blouse for all members to keep their copy in)
  • ABUs
    • Including cap and black combat boots.
    • Note: ABU Boonie style hat has been approved.  Must still have a cap.  Boonie hat is optional and worn only while in the field.
    • (3) Tan T-shirts
    • (3) pairs of underwear
    • (5) Pairs socks of black socks
    • Belt
  • Safety vest
    • Civil Air Patrol yellow or orange vest (One will be provided for you if you don’t have one).
  • Additional Gear:
    • Masks (optional)
    • ABU/BDU-style field coat or warm "civilian attire" coat 
    • Hydration Gear 
      • Highly recommended item: Camelback
    • Civilian clothing for free time, recommend PT like gear (Athletic shoes, Athletic shorts or sweatpants, T-shirt and/or sweatshirt; all clothing must be clothing of an appropriate nature, no short-shorts, spaghetti strap tops, or strapless tops)
    • Appropriate Sleepwear  

Other Items:

  • Cot
    • If already owned. (are also available for use if you do not have one)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow.  
    • (Twin size air mattress (2 inch thick) and a blanket are also permissible)
  • Clipboard (staff) or small notepad (must fit in uniform trouser pocket).
  • Pen and Pencil.
  • Shoeshine kit.
  • Towel, washcloth, shower shoes, & toiletries. (Feminine hygiene products, if needed)
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Prescription drugs. (If applicable; Allergy, asthma, etc... Please let the Medical Officer know if you have special health requirements!)


  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Sunglasses (See CAPM 39-1 

Special food requirements:

  • If you have special food requirements and choose to bring supplementary food items, please inform the staff at check-in so that we can store your items appropriately.  



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