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This site lists Civil Air Patrol's upcoming Cadet Special Activities (CSAs). 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.

NCSA Registration Status Updates

EServices Registration & Payment System is open for LATE applications for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants.  Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements went out in December. Notifications for on-time summer applicants will go out on 1 March.  Those cadets who remain on alternate lists after 1 March may be contacted at anytime to fill a slot.

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices preferences tab of your application.  Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab.  You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers. 

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Staff Participant  Course # Activity Full Name
Civic Leadership Academy 206 207 Civic Leadership Academy
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants, including staff, will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 15 October onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 November.  Applications submitted after 15 November are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications.  


1.  A resume of your achievement in CAP, school, and community service (1 page only)  ( Resumes will be graded by the resume standards set in Chapter 8 of Learn to Lead)

2.  A Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or leader (other than a parent)

3.  A 400 – 600 word essay on the topic listed below. This item is uploaded in same area as the resume and Letter of Recommendation.  Please use the button titled "Supplemental Application" for the essay. ( Essays will be graded by the essay standards set in Chapter 8 of Learn to Lead)

CLA essay topic: Select one of the notable supreme court cases from recent years listed below.  In your essay please summarize the facts of the case, explain how the court ruled, give your reaction and explain why you feel as you do.

The 24 most outstanding cadets, as judged by CLA faculty, will be announced via email by 31 December. A $100 deposit is due on 3 Jan, with the balance due 1 Feb. Selectees use this link for pre-course work. (Link not available until selectees announced.)


1. A resume

Cadet Eligibility Requirements:

Possess the Mitchell at the time of application
Minimum age of 16 by start of activity
Be in Physical Fitness category I. *

 * Cadets will walk up to 3 - 5 miles each day.

Cadet Graduation Requirements:

Complete of all online assignments in addition to 80% participation

Senior Staff Requirements:

Preference is for staff members to have experience in government/civil service, political process, or law

Prior attendance at CAP's Legislative Day is a plus

Contact for Activity:

Participants arrive between 1000 and 700 23 Feb and depart no earlier than 0700 on 2 Mar

Staff arrives between 1200 and 1700 on 22 Feb and departs no earlier than 1200 on 2 Mar

Required Staff Training on 22 Feb at 1900

Members are responsible for transportation to and from Washington D.C.  Reagan National Airport (DCA), Union Station (bus or train), Washington, DC  (Not Dulles IAD or Baltimore BWI)

Activity Goal:

The goal of Civic Leadership Academy is to foster cadet officers’ civic growth by increasing their: (1) leadership skills; (2) sense of civic responsibility; and (3) overall interest in the democratic process.

If you’re interested in politics and careers in public service, CAP’s Civic Leadership Academy, an exciting 1-week program in Washington, DC, is for you.  Cadets participate in behind-the scenes tours and briefings at the Capitol, Supreme Court, State Department, Pentagon, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. This is not your average field trip to Washington. CLA is an academically-focused activity that includes seminars, readings,and group projects. The week culminates with Legislative Day, when cadets meet with their elected leaders on Capitol Hill.

Academic Recognition

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Civic Leadership Academy on their NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students for 2018-19.


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