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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
AF SPACE FAM 215 216 AF Space Command Familiarization Course

Due to a system limitation, this course still shows "AF" even though under new Space Force.  Look in eServices preference list under "AFSPACE FAM."  ****As of 1/26/21. dates are confirmed for this activity.****

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:
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. In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participant: No additional application instructions


Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: In addition to applying in eServices, send resume to

Eligibility Requirements:

Age 15 by activity start date
Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply
Must be U.S. citizens to attend this event

Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: No additional requirements

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


Activity Staff will provide transportation between Denver International Airport (DEN) or Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and the activity location.

Required Staff Training: TBD

Activity Goal:

Beginning in 1994, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has sponsored two Civil Air Patrol (CAP) special activities, one at Patrick AFB in Florida and one at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs to showcase roles and missions for CAP cadets (age 15-21).  With the standup of the US Space Force in 2019, these activities continue.

The purpose of the program is to expose cadets to the ideals of leadership and service through aerospace education and training. Attendees are CAP cadets who are interested in aerospace careers and/or military service. 

Each of the courses has a different focus.

The Peterson AFB program is the most comprehensive course, leveraging resources available across the Colorado Front Range to introduce cadets to all five areas of space operations: satellite command and control, missile warning, space surveillance/space control, missile operations, and spacelift. The Peterson program also visits the Air Force Academy to introduce cadets to secondary education opportunities and those available in aerospace engineering.

Visits may include:
•    Peterson AFB (space surveillance, command and control)
•    Cheyenne Mountain AFS (joint operations, command and control)
•    Schriever AFB (satellite operations, missile defense)
•    Buckley AFB (missile warning)
•    US Air Force Academy (astronautical engineering, cadet life)
•    Lockheed Martin Corporation, Waterton, Colorado (spacelift and space engineering)

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