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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."

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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 Christmas Break activity applications. Applications submitted in eServices through 14 Oct for Christmas Break, 20 Nov for winter, and 15 Jan for 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
UTESA 434 435 Desert Scorpion - Utah Wing Search And Rescue Academy

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): or
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. 

Participants: No additional application instructions


Cadets: No additional application instructions
Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Eligibility Requirements:

Completed encampment credit recorded in eServices when you apply

Also must have accomplished the following by due dates given by activity staff prior to attendance.  If you are interested in attending this year or in future, you can get a head start on these items.

a. IS 100
b. IS 700
c. CAPT 116 General Emergency Services
d. CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Exam - Part 1
e. ICUT (online training must be complete)
f. Basic first aid


Same as participants plus
Skills Evaluator Testing qualified as Ground Team Member (GTM) 2/3, Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF), Mission Radio Operator (MRO), Mission Staff Assistant (MSA )
Preference given to prior Desert Scorpion graduates

Senior Members: 
Completed a Cadet Protection Course within the last 48 months
Hold a current CAP driver's license
If instructing, you must be Skills Evaluator Testing qualified as Ground Team Member (GTM) 2/3, Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF), Mission Radio Operator (MRO), Mission Staff Assistant (MSA)

Graduation Requirements:

Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior
Activity Director determines course objectives met
Achieve a minimum of 80% on end of course written exam
Achieve a "pass" on hands-on, team practical exercise


Activity Staff will provide transportation between Salt Lake City Airport (KSLC) and the activity location.

Required Staff Training on 3 days prior to activity start date at 0800

Activity Goal: 

Desert Scorpion is a week long course to develop future emergency services leaders in communicators, incident command staff and field operators to conduct operations any place or time. It is set up as an extended training exercise to include an A5 mission and flight operations. It is an introduction to basic and intermediate emergency services operations. Students learn how to establish a remote incident command post (ICP) and sustain operations; perform the duties of ICP staff and become qualified in MRO and MSA; conduct land navigation/map and chart reading; operate HF and VHF communications systems; use WMIRS to include entering sorties and resource tracking. All ICP specialties are available during the course.

Desert Scorpion also provides practical leadership education and development by providing real world problem solving scenarios. As no mission goes as planned, students face challenges found in all mission types. Students gain leadership experience in leading small teams in tasks aimed at achieving specific goals.

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