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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

*****WINTER & SUMMER CADET ACTIVITIES--updated 6 June 2021

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. 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)
Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course (Patrick AFB, FL) (cancelled 6/7/2021)
Cadet Aviation Ground School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Cadet Officer School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Civic Leadership Academy
National Cadet Competition
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy (Glider) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy (G-1000) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy Powered (Week 2) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-NCR Powered Flight Academy (Fremont, NE) (cancelled 4/29/2021)
NFA-NER Glider Flight Academy (Fredericksburg, PA) (cancelled 5/1/2021)
International Air Cadet Exchange
PCR/RMR Honor Guard Academy (USAFA, CO Springs, CO) (cancelled 3/11/2021)


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
NFA Ground School 442 443 National Virtual Private Pilot Ground School

****As of 4/27/2021 this activity was added to the NCSA lineup. Please note this course requires use of a third party software program, administered by Gleim Aviation, Inc, to complete the independent study portions. See below for format and time commitment needed to be successful.****

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 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.  

Contact for Activity:
Activity Website (if applicable): N/A
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. In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participants: No additional application instructions


Cadets: No additional application instructions

Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants: Encampment not required for this virtual activity

Cadets need to schedule the FAA Knowledge test at a nearby Knowledge Test Center. To schedule the test, the fee (about $160) needs to be paid upfront by the cadet and will be reimbursed once the test is successfully passed.  Dates to consider for scheduling the test no earlier than 13 August and no later than 23 August.  Scheduling prior to 13 August and you will not have completed the course nor have the Gleim Completion Certificate which allows you to take the test.

Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: CFI or Ground Instructor certificate highly desirable, but not required


The course is mainly based on cadet self-study aided by ZOOM sessions lead by CAP member FAA Certificated Flight Instructors. The ZOOM sessions are designed to explain some of the concepts and most importantly to answer questions. It consists of on-line course provided by GLEIM supplemented with: flight computer, navigation plotter, sectional chart and FAA Testing Supplement book. All the materials are provided free to the Cadets.

Course Duration:

6 weeks + no more than 10 days after the end of the course to take the test.

Time Commitment:

It is expected that Cadets need to spend 10-15/hrs. per week plus attend live mandatory two 2-hr ZOOM sessions per week.

Graduation Requirements:

Passing the Private Pilot Written test within 10 days after the end of the course with a score of 70% or higher

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 N/A.  This is a virtual activity

Required Staff Training on TBD.

Activity Goal: 

Provide a learning environment for CAP Cadets to successfully pass the FAA Private Pilot Airplane Knowledge (Written) Test (code: PAR). The Knowledge Test is one of the items that must be completed as part of training for the Private Pilot airplane certificate and will be valid to use on the practical check ride for up to 2-years following a successful passing of the knowledge test.

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