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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 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 #  Cadet and Senior Staff Participant Course # Activity Full Name
E-TECH (Robotics) 373 374 Engineering Technologies Academy (Robotics)
E-TECH (Robotics) 387 374 Engineering Technologies Academy (Robotics) Advanced

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: Check "Activity Website" for contact info
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. 

Participants: No additional application instructions


Cadets: No additional application instructions

Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Eligibility Requirements:


Age 14 by activity start date
Completed Encampment and credit recorded in eServices when you apply

Advanced Track must have attended E-tech Robotics in the past


Age 15 by activity start date
Completed Encampment and credit recorded in eServices when you apply 
Have attended E-tech Robotics in the past

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 Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and the activity location.

Required Staff Training on 19 June 2022 at 21:00.

Activity Goal:

Cadets will learn about engineering solutions to solve and overcome physical problems. Lessons start with lectures to introduce concepts, proceed to labs where the cadets can experiment with what they learned, and then progress to competitions where small teams submit their entries to determine who has the most elegant and best-functioning engineering constructions.

How well do you understand the world around you and how it works?  Have you ever thought that it would be great to alter it to suit your demands?  That's where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) come into play.  At the E-TECH (Robotics) NCSA, you use them all through a series of hands-on experience centered around the Engineering and Technology of Robotics.

  • Explore techniques to engineer solid and durable structures

  • Build custom bridges to optimize load capability and weight, and test them to point of failure

  • Experiment with gearing for torque and speed

  • Construct linkages to convert motion from one form to another

  • Adapt a common robotic platform to perform multiple tasks

  • Utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to experiment, prototype, and document your work

  • Engineer and construct your own racing robot and remote control

  • Write programs to allow your bot to operate fully autonomously and interact with others at a "Robot Party"

  • Design and build your own robotic fly-by-wire airplane cockpit demonstrator

  • Engineer, construct, and operate your own "Combat Robot," and try to defeat all your rivals in the ring

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