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Summer Activities / Summer Camp

CAP and NON-CAP Activities


CAP - Summer NCSAs

NCSAs Application period for Summer 2020 is now open

·         Application Period For Summer 2029 NCSA will close Jan 15th, 2020

·         http://www.ncsas.com/

·         Additional info on our National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) page

·         Most if not all NCSAs, do have a requirement of needing to have attended an Encampment prior to attending an NCSA. Some do have additional minimum age or Grade as well. 

·         There is no commitment if you find you can't go. You don't make any payments until accepted. So you apply, are accepted, and decided you can't or don't want to go, you can just let them know and they will take the next person on the wait list. 

·         If you are considering going, apply as soon as possible.

·         Scholarships are now available Information can be found on our Scholarships and Grants Page. You can still apply for the NCSA and if you do not get a scholarship, can always let them know you will not be attending. 

2020 COWG Encampment

Additional info can be found on our Encampment page

Info not yet announced. Generally the 2nd or 3rd week of June.

·         Starting June 4th for Staff

·         Starting June 8th for 1st time Cadets

·         Scholarships will be available. See Scholarships and Grants Information Page.


Non-CAP Summer Activities

Here are links to some activities, some of which you may want to start looking into as next summer comes up and application deadlines approach. These are not necessarily CAP related, CAP supported, or endorsed. Some of the links have not yet been updated for next summer, others have application deadlines that are approaching. These are activities that I had found over the years doing research and thought I would pass the information along in case anyone else would find the information helpful. 


  1. US Naval Academy STEM program – 
  1. USAFA
  1. West Point Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience
  • Any Program you look at, at West Point or another academy, will be looking at you as a potential cadet for their school.
  1. Coast Guard Academy - AIM Summer Program
  • Any Program you look at, at the Coast Guard Academy or another academy, will be looking at you as a potential cadet for their school.
  1. STEM / Engineering and Construction Camps
  • https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS
  • 9 – 12th grade, programs vary
  • Application process closes March 16, 2020
    • Exploring Engineering Academy  - Atlanta, GA (May 31 - June 5, 2020)
    • US Army – Vicksburg, MS (June 14 – 20, 2020)
    • US Marine Corps – Camp Lejeune – Jacksonville, NC (June 21 - 27, 2020)
    • US Navy – Port Hueneme, CA (June 21 – 27, 2020)
    • US Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO (June 24 – 30, 2020)
    • US Air Force – Scott AFB, IL (July 19 - 25, 2020)
    • US Coast Guard Academy – New London, CT (See AIM information above)


  1. SEAP - Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program 
  • https://seap.asee.org/program_details
  • Application for summer 2020 Closed
  • What is SEAP?
    • The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.
    • The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
    • Age: Varies, but most are 16 – 18 years, can start as early as completed 9th grade.
    • Other: Stipened available for most if not all apprenticeships.
    • NOTE: Some have residential requirements.


  1. FBI Youth Leadership Program
  • https://www.fbinaa.org/FBINAA/Training/Youth_Leadership_Program.aspx
  • Dates: June 18 – 26, 2020
  • Application Closes Feb 14, 2020 Dec. 2019 to Chapter/Association YLP Chairs
  • Age: 14, 15, or 16 at start of program
  • What is the FBI Youth Leadership Program?
    • The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA) hosts a weeklong training event for high school students at the FBI Academy every summer called the Youth Leadership Program (YLP).
  1. Space Voyage Academy
  • http://www.spacevoyage.com/
  • Dates: TBA
  • Location: At Powderderhorn Elementary in Littleton near Coal Mine and S. Simms St.
    • Space Voyage Pathfinder Program – Ages 6-8 (Grades 1-3)
    • Space Voyage Cadet Program – Ages 9 – 16 (Grades 4-8)
    • Space Voyage Interns– Ages 15 and up
  • What is Space Voyage Academy?
    • Space Voyage offers an intensive program of learning and confidence building within a space motif. Space Voyage brings to life the importance of math and science, builds confidence through genuine achievement, creates a sense of belonging, and offers a fun and fantastic place for kids to learn and grow. Based in cooperative learning, the program uses learning teams where everyone can achieve. 
  • Age: Various, Elementary – High School


  1. Space Camp
  1. Young Eagles - Free 15-30min flights for those age 8 - 17.


  1. EAA Air Academy


  1. Embry-Riddle Summer Camps


  1. CU Boulder Science Discovery – 
  1. Colorado School of Mines –
  1. University of Denver –


  1. Colorado State University –


  1. Silicon STEM Academy –
  1. University of Wyoming


  1. Jeffco Sheriff’s Youth Academy
  • https://www.jeffco.us/732/Youth-Academy
  • What is it?
    • Are you a young person between the ages of 14 and 18 who is interested in seeing how the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office operates? Get a sneak peek inside your local law enforcement agency during this fun-filled, week-long Citizen's Academy for youth!
  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • Dates: TBA (June 2020, Week long)
  • Ages: 14 – 18
  • Cost: Free


  1. Littleton Junior Police Academy
  1. Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy
  • http://ohioyouthfire.org/
  • Registration Deadline: Watch for 2020 Registration, possibly in February.
  • Dates: TBA (July 2020)
  1. Sternberg Science Camps
  • http://sternberg.fhsu.edu/active-learning/camps/
  • Based out of Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
  • Location: Various
  • Age: Multiple, Elementary, Middle, and High School camps.
    • High School - Students work with practicing biologists, paleontologists, and geologists, doing college-level fieldwork, lab and classroom activities, and outdoor skills training.
    • Middle School - Explore the wildlife in the deserts of Utah, Kansas prairies, or Oregon coast. For those in to fossils, we offer field paleontology camps in Kansas and Oregon. In addition to science content, all of our middle school field camps include plenty of outdoor skills training.
  • Camp Information Sessions: http://sternberg.fhsu.edu/active-learning/camps/camps-webinars/
  1. OceanFirst Institute
  1. ActionQuest
  • https://www.actionquest.com/
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Location: Various
  • Dates: Various
  • What: Sailing, Scuba, Marine Science, Watersports, & Community Service
  1. Odyssey Expeditions
  1. Army – Navy Academy

There is a ton out there and websites that will help you find programs as well. The one's above are one's I had heard about or looked into over the years.

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