What is the schedule for A Day 2010?

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  1. ccfletch

    ccfletch Member

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    We are going to the second orientation in April and son will attend I Day on his own. I am considering going to A-Day and the family will attend PW. I am trying to determine when I need to arrive in time to see the A Day events. Does anyone know the tentative or actual schedule.
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  2. sandydandy

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    In the past the parade started at 9am. After the parade is over, rush onto the field with your camera so you can take lots of pictures of your cadet getting their shoulder boards put on by upperclassmen. No, the parents cannot put on the shoulder boards. After the parade you will be able to spend a couple hours with your cadet. Many folks have a picnic lunch. The cadets are not allowed to leave the cadet area. Although there are a couple of restaurant choices in Arnold, I do not recommend them. The lines will be too long and it will take too long and you will waste all of your precious time in line instead of enjoying a picnic lunch. This is a great time to give your cadet an "Acceptance Day" box of goodies. I gave my cadet new underwear, their undies are a mess after Jack's Valley. I also gave him some junk food, camera, cell phone and charger (which they may or maynot be able to keep - squadron dependent), this is a good time to give your cadet their contacts back if they wear them. Then you get to say goodbye!

    You can also view the practice parade on Tuesday morning at the parade field.

    I have heard of some instances where a cadet has some obligation that precludes them from spending time with their parents. I only put this out there as a caution. I don't think it happens often but it's better to know up front than to be caught off guard later.
     
  3. aggie83

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    Best that I can recall, is the Acceptance Day activities are over around 11 am. It seems like we had until either 1 or 2 pm with our cadet. The ending time is the time they have to be back IN their dorm room so plan for the timing of that. I am pretty sure that we helped him carry items back to his dorm.

    Before the parade, people will park by the Clune Arena and put out blankets, chairs, and ice chests to stake out a place under the trees for a picnic after the Acceptance parade/ceremony.

    Bring a picnic and enjoy time with your cadet! They (ours was) will be ready to talk and tell you about BCT!

    However, something to warn you about, that bothered me at first - when the parade was over the cadets are "free" for a couple of hours. Since they have been told for 6 weeks EVERY MOVEMENT you will see a "deer in the headlights" of sorts. They seem unsure of every movement (which bothered me since my child was such a confident person before leaving for the AFA). I think so much of it is that they are not always told everything that is going to happen ahead of time so that day they seemed uncomfortable winging it.

    They also will be thinking ahead of all they have to do that afternoon and evening as classes start the very next morning. It is a hectic time for them coming off of such a structured 6-7 weeks and then starting classes (getting books, supplies, etc.) and a differenct routine the day after Acceptance Day.

    We drove 12 hours one way to see our cadet for only about 2 hours on Acceptance Day. However, I would not trade it for anything! I know he appreciated it. However, Parents Weekend was the best - getting to see everything and then getting to LEAVE with him Saturday after the football game until Monday evening! Highly recommend renting a condo in Keystone to get away - it was a great trip!
     
  4. ccfletch

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    Thanks SandyDandy & Aggie83 for the information. Do you know if A day is August 4?
     
  5. ccfletch

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    When is A day for 2010?
     
  6. aggie83

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    A-Day is the first Weds. in August which I believe is Aug. 4. Classes start Aug. 5.
     

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