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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. 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."

NCSA Registration Status Updates

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.

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. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Staff Participant Course # Activity Full Name
AF Civil Engineering Academy 257 265 Air Force Civil Engineering Academy

***NOTE: Dates for this activity changed on 12 Jan 2023.  Moved from June to 22-29 July, with staff arriving on 21 Jul.***

Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module and apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), to be considered for needs-based financial assistance or NCSA scholarships.  Also apply for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity.  Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is 31 December. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity.  

Contact for Activity:
Activity Website (if applicable):
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants 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 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January 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. In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participant: No additional application instructions

Staff: Cadets and Senior Members

In addition to applying in eServices, please send letter stating why you want to attend AFCEA as senior staff member to the activity director at

Eligibility Requirements:


Age 15 by activity start date
Must have encampment credit when you apply

Cadets: Prior attendance at AFCEA preferred

Senior Members: None

Graduation Requirements:

Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior
Activity Director determines course objectives met


Activity Staff will provide transportation between Northwest Beaches Airport (ECP) and the activity location.

Required Staff Training on TBD  at TBD.

Activity Goal:

The Air Force Civil Engineering Academy gives Cadets a chance to learn about a career path in the USAF in Civil Engineering.

The 823rd Red Horse Squadron has a long and distinguished history in the USAF. They have both wartime and peace time missions.  They deploy worldwide in austere conditions during wartime and must be self-sufficient for up to 30 days. A rapid response team that can deploy as a squadron or as flights depending on needs, they are the most heavily armed unit in the USAF.  In peacetime, they support base operations during a natural or man-made catastrophic event.

Cadets at this activity will receive a combination of classroom instruction as well as hands-on activities. They will learn about such disciplines as heavy equipment management, map making, explosive ordnance disposal, emergency management, water purification, and runway lighting, among others. They also will get instruction on civilian careers in Civil Engineering, as well as practical experience reading blueprints and using a mechanics ruler.

If you are interested in science, math, technology or engineering, this is the activity for you.

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