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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 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

*****CORONAVIRUS & WINTER CADET ACTIVITIES--updated 19 August 2020

EServices Registration & Payment System is CLOSED for applications for Winter & Summer activities. When open, applications submitted in eServices through 15 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 winter placements go out by mid-December. Spring placements are as outlined on their advertisement on this site. Notifications for summer applicants will go out on or about 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists 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 ncsas.com 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
Cybersecurity GLR 415 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy Course
Cybersecurity GLR-Adv 417 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy Course-Advanced

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this activity will not meet in person.  A decision will be posted by 31 May as to whether a virtual option will be available.  If made virtual, a  new activity fee will be posted and refunds sent automatically.

Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), needs-based financial assistance, and 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.  

Activity Contact:  skowalski@miwg.cap.gov
Activity Website (if applicable): http://www.miwg.cap.gov/cybersecurity-academy/
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the ncsas.com 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 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:

Participants: No additional application instructions 

Staff:

Cadets: No additional application instructions

Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Reservists: If this activity interests you, please see if it is listed on the CAP-USAF SharePoint site. If SharePoint is not available or this activity is not listed, contact your Liaison Region Commander to see if this activity needs CAP-USAF support.  Your duties may include coordination and liaison tasks.  You may be required to attend online/teleconference staff meetings prior to the activity start date and be integrated into the staff during execution.  You will receive additional guidance via your LR concerning execution of man-days or points and the process to support CAP activities.  If additional assistance is required, contact Mr. Mike Tyynismaa at CAP-USAF HQs. michael.tyynismaa.1@us.af.mil.

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants: Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application

Staff:
Cadets: Must have previously attended a Cybersecurity Academy, standard or advanced curriculum
Senior Members: None
Reservists: Cybersecurity experience preferred

Graduation Requirements:

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

Travel:

Activity Staff will provide transportation between Gerald R. Ford Airport, Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) and the activity location. If traveling by ferry, train or bus, you may need to get transportation from terminal to activity location.

Required Staff Training: Online 6/18/2020 at 2000 EDT.

Activity Goal:

The Cybersecurity Academy goal is to introduce cadets to the practice of cybersecurity, allowing them to acquire practical and relevant cybersecurity knowledge and skills, hone leadership and teamwork skills, and learn about cybersecurity career options.  

Held at Ferris State University (FSU), Cybersecurity Academy is a one-week camp program with curriculum that help cadets acquire technical and “soft” skills needed to work in an entry-level cybersecurity role and as a member of a cybersecurity team.  Through guest speakers and a data center or plant tour, cadets are exposed to various cybersecurity education and career options.  Two different technical curriculum are offered:  a standard and advanced curriculum that both leverage the AFA CyberCamp program curriculum. The advanced curriculum can be tailored to each cadet using a combination of university-developed  and external training materials.  Learning occurs through classroom instruction and hands-on lab work, plus a healthy mix of outdoor activities (e.g., games, a ropes course, orientation flights) designed to foster soft skill growth and maintain a high level of energy (and fun) throughout the week.  Held at Ferris State University (FSU), FSU will grant one college credit hour to any cadet who completes both the standard and advanced curriculum.

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