Parents' Weekend

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  1. HP8892

    HP8892 Member

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    Hey.

    My parents are looking at flights down for Parents' Weekend. I know its Labor Day weekend, but can anyone give me an idea of what the weekend agenda looks like?

    And is it OK for my brothers to come along with my parents?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Reader's digest version:

    Friday:
    Your parents (Yes, your brothers too) can attend classes with you.
    Tours and stuff for the families if interested.
    Your squadron has a get together usually of some kind for you all to attend
    Sort of free, depending on the squadron.

    Saturday:
    Cadet forms up with their squadron for the football game
    Watch the game
    Free to leave with parents.

    Sunday:
    Whatever you want

    Monday:
    Whatever you want. Be back by curfew.
     
  3. greentrees

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    On the USAFA homepage there is a link to Parent's Weekend on the bottom right -- it has last years info on it but it's basically the same each year.

    You can usually meet your parents Thursday night at the Chapel, Field House or Arnold Hall for an informal dinner. Our parent's group had a dinner in Arnold Hall and cadets came and ate with us.
     
  4. Stealth_81

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    There is a detailed listing of weekend events here:

    http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/parentsweekend/

    Families should try to arrive on Thursday if possible. Friday morning events start early, and it is very difficult to 'catch up' to your cadet during the day when they are going to classes (especially when they are a 4 degree and have no cell phone). Remember, your cadet cannot miss class or be late because they had to try and track down a parent who is late or lost. Set up a meeting place at a predetermined time in case you get separated. Plan on arriving early for everything during the weekend. The crowds are large and the lines are long.

    If younger siblings are coming along, one of the things to make sure your cadet does is to reserve them a time slot in the flight simulators. The slots fill up fast and you must sign up ahead of time. It is one of the memories that our younger son still talks about today.

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  5. jassen2

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    Are C4C not allowed cell phones after acceptance ? Please correct me but I assume that any cell phones taken during I-Day are given back at A-Day.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Stealth_81

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    Cell phone usage is a privilelge determined by each squadron. Our son's 4 degree squadron was very strict. He wasn't allowed his cell phone (except for an occasional Sunday) until after Thanksgiving. Even then it was restricted at some times based on their progress. His first Parent's Weekend he wasn't given his cell phone back until the squadron open house after classes on Friday.

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  7. Gasdoc

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    You should assume that you won't get your cell phone until prog (mid semester), if you get it before then, you'll be on top of the world.
     
  8. Texas2013

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    Parent's Weekend is so much fun! Encourage the whole family to come - there's plenty to see and do. We brought the siblings and grandparents - everyone had a great time. Some family members went to classes with our cadet while others toured the Academy and checked out the gift shops, etc. We all enjoyed the squadron party. It was a BBQ with cadet vs. family member games. Tons of fun! This is a weekend to remember and cherish! As others have pointed out, it's important to have a plan and don't rely on the cadet to plan the family's visit. Cadets have classes and other things to keep up with...Family members are on their own for large chunks of time and should find their own entertainment. Plenty to see and do, though. We were fortunate that our son had his phone that weekend but each squadron is different.

    Lastly, plan to buy tickets to the football game ahead of time (online). Cadets have to sit with the student body so look at the stadium map and try to purchase tickets directly across from the cadets so you can watch their antics in the stands. It's fun!
     
  9. btown13

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    yeah. and then our squad took them away again from mid january till recognition, minus a weekend here or there. wasn't expecting that one but oh well...just realize that it's not really up to you. guy in my squad has an iphone. pretty much threw $200 down the drain since he couldn't use it. so just keep that in mind before you go out any buy the best and brightest phone. there's a chance you won't have it even part of second semester
     

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