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National Cadet Special Activities


National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) are exciting training opportunities for cadets to experience unique opportunities to further their leadership skills, develop knowledge in various aviation and career related fields, and grow personally. NCSAs encompass a wide range of activities, each focusing on different aspects such as aerospace education, leadership development, physical fitness, and more. NCSAs typically last 7-9 days. Many take place during the summer, but there are opportunities through the year.

The button below will take you to Civil Air Patrol's upcoming Special Activities, including National Cadet Special Activities (NSCA), Cadet Special Activities (CSA) and National Flight Academies (NFA). It includes national activities and those wing and region activities approved to receive the CSA ribbon. These activities are designed to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, develop leadership, and enhance emergency services skills. Typically, advertisements for activities we plan to offer in Winter are posted here by mid-October, and spring/summer activities are posted by mid-December. A list of past activities is under the "Helpful Links" section of this web page under the title "eServices Event/Activity Preference Numbers."




Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. Encampment requirement is removed for some activities.  Look at the activity ad page to see if it is required.  EServices Registration & Payment System is OPEN for Spring/Summer activity applications. Applications submitted in eServices through 14 Oct for Christmas Break, 20 Nov for winter, and 15 Jan for spring/summer are considered "On-Time" and are given priority placement into "primary" status. Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of Christmas Break placements go out by 21 Oct, and winter placements go out by mid to late December. Spring placements are as outlined on their advertisements on this site. Notifications for summer applicants will go out on or about 1 March and as activities fill vacancies after 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists may be contacted at any time to fill a slot.


Cadet Students (Not Staff) End of Activity Survey 2024 

Use this link to access the survey. All cadet participants not on staff, please take this survey to help us improve support for activities.

Staff End of Activity Survey 2024

Use this link to access the survey. All staff--seniors, cadets, and military members--please take our survey to help improve quality of our activities.


Activity Directors Help Page      Make Your Activity a Cadet Special Activity (CSA)


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