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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
Cybersecurity GLR-Net 444 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Networking Course
Cybersecurity GLR-Sys 445 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Systems Course
Cybersecurity GLR-IOT 446 416 Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity IOT/OT Course

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 30 April. 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:
Activity Website (if applicable):
Activity Costs: See activity website for details.
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 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 


Cadets: No additional application instructions

Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Eligibility Requirements:


Completed Encampment and recorded in eServices at time of application
Received the Basic Cyber Badge
See for prerequisites for each track

Cadets: Previously attended a cybersecurity academy

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 N/A.

Required Staff Training: XXXX.

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.  

Typically 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.  For 2021, the Academy will offer only the advanced curriculum, which will help you build upon your basic skills and 1) determine career interests and acquire technical skills for entry level cybersecurity jobs (such as service desk or desktop support), 2) prepare for the top-tier CAP NCSA Cyber courses.

Three learning tracks are available. When you enroll, you must select one of these tracks:

  • Networking. You will complete the Cisco CCNA Introduction to Networks course and will be introduced to network-based security controls.
  • Systems. You will learn how to harden Windows and Linux systems against security threats using industry benchmarks, with an emphasis on creating automated hardening scripts as well as working with the Linux command line. In addition, application-layer and cloud security topics will be covered.
  • Operational Technology and the Internet of Things. OT / IOT will consist of a series of lab activities using Raspberry Pi IV computer kits. You will learn and write basic Python computer code and observe how their programs interact with external systems and devices.
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