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Welcome

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

*****WINTER & SUMMER CADET ACTIVITIES--updated 29 Apr 2021

Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on NCSAS.com, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. We posted the last activities on 29 April 2021. Encampment requirement is removed for some activities.  Look at the activity ad page to see if it is required.  We have removed the "late" date for registration so that preferences can be added without penalty. EServices Registration & Payment System is OPEN for applications for Summer 2021. Applications submitted in eServices through 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 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.

2021 Cancelled Activities 

Air Force Pararescue and Survival Orientation Courses (both locations)
Cadet Aviation Ground School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Cadet Officer School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Civic Leadership Academy
National Cadet Competition
NCR Powered Flight Academy (Freemont, NE) (cancelled 4/29/2021)
International Air Cadet Exchange

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
HMRS Aircrew Survival 318 320 Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School -Aircrew Survival Course
HMRS All Other-Cadet 317 320 Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School - All Other Courses-Cadet
HMRS All Other-Senior Member 400 320 Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School - All Other Courses-Senior Member
HMRS Cadet Staff 337 N/A Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School Cadet Staff
HMRS Field Medic 319 320 Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School- Field Medic Course

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.  

Contact for Activity: HawkMountain@cap.gov
Activity Website (if applicable): https://www.capranger.org and select "Summer School." 

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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 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.

***** The deadline for applying for the school is June 1.  However, slotting will begin in late February.  Apply early to ensure your choice! *****

In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participants: 
See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course numbering
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

Staff:

Cadets: 
See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course numbering
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

Senior Members: 
See https://www.capranger.org/ncsa-application-instructions for clarification on course numbering
Note that a supplemental to the application is required.  Access the link to the most current form on the Hawk Mountain website application instructions page. 

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 credit recorded in eServices at time of application
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites

Staff:
Cadets:
Completed "Ranger Staff Training" course
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites

Senior Members:
Completed "Ranger Staff Training" course
Select course on Hawk Mountain website, https://www.capranger.org, under "Summer School" to see prerequisites

Reservists: None 

Graduation 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 Allentown Airport, PA (ABE) or the Allentown, PA bus station and the activity location.

Required Staff Training on TBD.

Activity Goal:

Hawk Mountain Ranger School has a proud history of providing outstanding SAR and emergency services training. The school is conducted outdoors in the mountains of Pennsylvania under mission field conditions and is very physically demanding. Curriculum includes but not limited to: navigation, search techniques & equipment, communication skills, woodsmanship, campsite selection & equipment, first aid, patient evacuation, specialized equipment, health & nutrition, and survival skills. In addition to the practical skills, leadership and character development also are emphasized.

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