AUGUSTA — Teens and young adults interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol are invited to Saturday’s open house at the Augusta State Airport.

The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 36th Composite Squadron’s hangar at 187 Winthrop St.

The 36th Squadron is recruiting cadets ages 12 to 19, Maj. Mary Story said in a news release. The Civil Air Patrol teaches leadership and flying, which includes flights with experienced Civil Air Patrol pilots. Cadets also will learn about fitness and character and enjoy weekend and summer activities, Story said.

The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization with more than 64,000 members nationwide. It performs more than 75 percent of continental U.S inland search-and-rescue missions, as tasked by the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Air patrol volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions. more than 27,000 young people participate in CAP programs.

Refreshments will be served during Saturday’s open house.

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