Hawk Mountain Ranger Training School

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Need Emergency Training for Mission Qualifications?

The events for 2015 are posted click

upcoming events

Have no camping or operational experiences?
Join us for a weekend or just a day!

Everyone is invited to attend training during select weekends.  We have dedicated staff members available to train and sign off Ranger Grade and 101 task.  This program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of participants from cadets and seniors that have no camping or operational experiences to those working towards their Ground Team Leader.  This is the perfect opportunity to train and gain experience to become mission ready individuals.


Check out Squadron "C"  Emergency Services Training

Beginning Camping experience to GTL training.

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Questions & RSVP

****Date Change 25-26 April 2015 Weekend date has been changed to 9-10 May 2015 due to PAWG SAR Evaulation.****



Do you have want it takes to

becoming a member of Ranger Staff?

Check out the Ranger Staff Cadets page for more information on the Staff Training Program.

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****Date Change 25-26 April 2015 Weekend date has been changed to 9-10 May 2015 due to PAWG SAR Evaulation.****



Hawk Mountain Ranger School

9 day School 11 to 19 July 2015

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New HMRS Challenge Coins

the proceeds from these coins will help purchase bench tables for the pole buildings at Hawk Mt Ranger School

$ 15.00 each

click on the Store HMRS BX


Air Crew Survuval

Aircrew Survival

3 day Course 11 to 14 July 2015
The Will to Survive!

* Egress Training * Initial Survival Concerns
* Survival Kits * Improvising Equipment * Communications * Signaling * Land Navigation * First Aid * Personal Hygiene * Nutrition * Water Procurement * Basic Survival Skills for all Regions * Shelter * Weather * Fire Building
* Practical experience of survival.

21 - 22 February 2015

Winter SAR Training Weekend



Founded in 1956, Hawk Mountain Ranger School is the longest running Search & Rescue school in the country. Students as young as 13 and through adulthood are faced with challenging tasks and intense training, both in leadership and practical skills. The confidence gained through facing these challenges prepares graduates to face challenges not only in SAR, but in all aspects of life.

Throughout the training, students embody the CAP core values. Integrity, to the point of letting go of personal desires is the main focus of the Ranger Creed, which concludes: 

"These things I do, that others may live..."

The Ranger Creed

It is my duty as a member of the Rangers of the Civil Air Patrol ground search and rescue service, to save lives, aid the injured, and protect their property.

In order to do this, I will keep myself physically fit at all times.

I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before my personal desires and comfort.

These things I do that others may live...


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Donations to Honor our Staff Members 

HMRS Projects

The rope training tower is up and running! However it is not finished, we still need your help!

climbing wall - lighting - slide for life - teaching pavilion 

For more information, click the link below.

***Rope Training Tower Fund Raising Project***

Infrastructure Upgrades

Pole Building North East

The road and pad have been competed by HMRS Staff volenteering their time, equipment and supplies. In 2013 and 2014 we rented a 20 x 40 tent. After the 2014 School, CAP National Heaquarters matched funds raised by HMRS to the construction of PBNE.

Photos needed for the website

Do you have pictures from Hawk Mountain or other
Ranger Events?

Send them to Rangerstaff@yahoo.com

They should be in JPG format.

Help Wanted!

HMRS is looking for Staff Members!

Logistics - Data Entry - Teaching - Mentoring - Construction - Fundraising - Website design - Publications - Public Affairs - Photography - Finance - Moral Leadership - SAR Training -

Do you have time to volunteer?

Contact Rangerstaff@yahoo.com

Looking for Hawk Mountain Supplies?

Check out the Hawk Mountain BX

orange hat, hard hats, snare wire, webbing, insignia, shirts, and more!

Boots & HMRS Fleeces make great gifts!

Colonel Neuweiler, Hawk Mountain Ranger Program Founder and PAWG Wing Commander. 

He was appointed Wing Commander on 16 August 1945 and served until 31 March 1946 and again, from 9 August 1947 until 21 march 1970, the longest tenure of any Wing Commander in Civil Air Patrol history.

Colonel Phillip Neuweiler History

History of Hawk Mountain Ranger School


The Col Neuweiler Training Facility - Hawk Mountain Ranger School is a tremendous asset that all CAP Members should be using:

The Hawk Mountain Ranger Training Facility is owned by the Civil Air Patrol. It is operated, maintained & managed by PA Wing.

Print this flyer for your squadron  HMRS Usage


4 pole building plenty of camping space
large parade field


Members wishing to visit or use the facility should contact:

Lt Col DeEtte Riley 814-880-9083 driley@awandsons.com

She will coordinate the schedule and facility needs.

crash site

  breath taking views from the top of the mountain

large obstacle course

Contact Information

Pennsylvania Wing Headquarters

Civil Air Patrol
Building 3-108
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville PA 17003

(717)-861-2335  this PA Wing Headquarters not Ranger Staff they will just send us an email.

 The most efficent means of communications is email

Please send an email to RangerStaff@yahoo.com your email will be forwarded to the proper staff member to respond.

Hawk Mt Base Telephone 610-756-4170 (During July only)
School Commander: Col Thomas Benckert
Cadet Commander: C/Lt Col Javier Cruz rangerstaff@yahoo.com
General Information: rangerstaff@yahoo.com

Webmaster: rangerstaff@yahoo.com






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