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Summer Activities / Summer Camp

CAP and NON-CAP Activities


CAP - Summer NCSAs

NCSAs Application period for Summer 2023 is opening soon

·         Application Period For Summer 2023 NCSA will close Jan 15th, 2023

·         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. 

2023 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 ? for Staff

·         Starting June ? 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. 


·         Any Program you look at, at the Naval Academy or another academy, will be looking at you as a potential cadet for their school.

o   STEM - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM/

§  Application for Summer 2023 will open Jan 4th, 2023

§  Grades: Entering grades 9, 10, and 11

§  Highly competitive

o   Summer Seminar http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS/index.php

§  Application for Summer 2023, will Open Jan 4th, 2023 - April 15th, 2023

§  Grades: Entering 12th grade.

§  Highly competitive

o   Sports Camp https://navysports.com/sports/2018/5/23/camps-navy-camps-html.aspx 

§  Grades: Multiple grades

  1. USAFA

·         Any Program you look at, at the USAFA or another academy, will be looking at you as a potential cadet for their school.

o   Summer Seminarhttps://www.academyadmissions.com/prepare/high-school/summer-seminar/

§  Application Open Dec 1st, 2021 -  Jan 15, 2022 (2023 applications should be opening soon)

§  Grades: Entering 12th Grade

§  Dates: June 6-9, 2022 (virtual), June 13-17 (in-person)

§  Highly competitive

o   Sports Camps - http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/camps/

§  Registration opens Dec 5th, 2022

§  Age: 8 - 18

  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.

o   https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/summer-program

o   Grades: Entering 12th grade.

o   Highly competitive.

o   Application will open Feb 1st, 2023

§  Two part Application process

·         Candidate Questionnaire

·         Application

  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.

o   https://www.uscga.edu/aim/

o   Application opens in February 8th - April 15th, 2022 (Watch for the application process to open for 2023)

o   Grades: Entering 12th grade

o   Highly competitive

  1. STEM / Engineering and Construction Camps

·         https://www.same.org/events-programs/engineering-construction-camps/

·         9 – 12th grade, programs vary

·         Application process should open in December some time.

o   Exploring Engineering Academy - Atlanta, GA (TBD, by Boy Scouts of America)

o   US Army – Vicksburg, MS (June 11 – 17, 2023)

o   US Marine Corps – Camp Lejeune – Jacksonville, NC (June 18 - 24, 2023)

o   US Navy – Port Hueneme, CA (July 9 – 15, 2023)

o   US Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO (TBA, Late June 2023)

o   US Air Force – Scott AFB, IL (July 26 - 22, 2023)


  1. SEAP - Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program 

·         https://navalsteminterns.us/seap/

·         Application for summer 2023 Closed, applications for 2024 open Aug 1, 2023

·         What is SEAP?

o   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.

o   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.

o   Age: Varies, but most are 16 – 18 years, can start as early as completed 9th grade.

o   Other: Stipend available for most if not all apprenticeships.

o   NOTE: Some have residential requirements.


  1. FBI Youth Leadership Program

·         https://www.fbinaa.org/FBINAA/Training/Youth_Leadership_Program.aspx

·         Dates: TBA

·         Application Closes Feb 4, 2022 and submitted to Chapter/Association YLP Chairs (Applications should open in November 2022)

o   YLP Rocky Mountain Chair 2023: TBA

·         Age: 14, 15, or 16 at start of program

·         What is the FBI Youth Leadership Program?

o   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

·         https://spacevoyage.com/

·         Dates: TBA

·         Location: At Coronado Elementary in Littleton

o   Space Voyage Pathfinder Program – Ages 6-8 (Grades 1-3)

o   Space Voyage Cadet Program – Ages 9 – 16 (Grades 4-8)

o   Space Voyage Interns– Ages 15 and up

·         What is Space Voyage Academy?

o   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

·         https://www.spacecamp.com/

·         Location: Huntsville, AL

·         Dates: TBA (Various)

o   Space

o   Aviation

o   Robotics

o   Cyber


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

·         You can add this time to your log book if you are working on your pilots license. 

·         National site: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/youth?

·         Local Young Eagles EAA 43: https://chapters.eaa.org/eaa43/young-eagles

·         Current available dates to register for (This is in Erie, CO):

o   No dates currently showing available


  1. EAA Air Academy

·         https://www.eaa.org/eaa/youth/eaa-aviation-and-flight-summer-camps/eaa-air-academy

·         Location: OshKosh, WI

·         Dates: TBA (Various)

·         Young Eagles Camp –

o   Age: 12-13

·         Basic Air Academy Camp –

o   Age: 14-15

·         Advanced Air Academy Camp –

o   Age: 16-18


  1. Embry-Riddle Summer Camps

·         http://summercamps.erau.edu/camps/index.html

·         Location: Multiple Locations

·         Age: Various ages

·         Dates: TBA (Various)

·         Types of Camps:

o   Flight

o   Engineering

o   Robotics

o   Safety, Security, and Intelligence

o   Space

o   Academics



  1. CU Boulder Science Discovery – 

·         Ages 9 – 13 - http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/class-search/?pr=229

·         Ages 14 – 18 - http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/class-search/?pr=5943

·         No Dates for 2023 announced yet.

o   https://www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/programs/k-12-summer-camps-and-high-school-classes


  1. Colorado School of Mines –

·         http://students.csmspace.com/

·         Registration should open early Spring 2023

o   Academies for Young Minds: Grades K-8

o   Engineering Design Camp: Grades 9-12


  1. University of Denver –

·         Engineering Summer Camp - https://www.du.edu/cme/programs-services/prospective/k-12-students.html

·         Registration not yet open for 2022


  1. Colorado State University –

·         iD Tech Summer Camp - http://summer.colostate.edu/k12-programs/id-tech-camp/

·         Ages 7 – 17

·         Multiple Summer programs - https://summer.colostate.edu/k12-programs/scitrek-for-future-scientists/

o   Date: TBA

o   Middle School & High School

·         Mechanical Engineering

o   http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/summercamps/

o   Grades: Multiple

o   Dates: Multiple (TBA)

·         Other Camps - http://summer.colostate.edu/k12-programs/


  1. Silicon STEM Academy –

·         https://siliconstemacademy.com/

o   Coding & Programming

o   Engineering & Robotics

o   Digital Media

o   Ages 10 – 17

o   Dates: TBA, check website Jan 2022


  1. University of Wyoming

·         Energy Summer Institute - http://www.uwyo.edu/ser/academic-programs/k-12-energy-education/index.html

o   Dates: July 12th - 17th, 2020

o   Application Closes March 1st, 2020

o   Grade: Entering grade 10th and 11th grade

·         Engineering Summer Program - http://www.uwyo.edu/ceas/resources/outreach/programs/esp/

o   Grade: Junior’s, entering Senior year

o   Dates: TBA

o   Application closes TBA

·         Additional Programs - http://www.uwyo.edu/summer/summer-precollege-opportunities/


  1. Jeffco Sheriff’s Youth Academy

·         https://www.jeffco.us/732/Youth-Academy

·         What is it?

o   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 2023, Week long)

·         Ages: 14 – 18

·         Cost: Free


  1. Littleton Junior Police Academy

·         https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/police-department/programs-services/junior-police-academy-7985

·         Watch for 2023 Summer Program information

·         Grades: 6-8

·         Registration Deadline: TBA (June 2023)

·         Dates: (TBA) (June 2023)

·         Cost: Free

  1. Littleton Teen CSI Program

·         https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/police-department/programs-services/teen-csi-program

·         Watch for 2023 Summer Program information

·         Grades: 9-12

·         Registration Deadline: TBA (July 2023)

·         Dates: (TBA) (Aug 2023)

·         Cost: $25.00 which will be refunded at the end of the program.

  1. Ohio Youth Fire & EMS Training Academy

·         http://ohioyouthfire.org/

·         Registration Deadline: Watch for 2023 Registration, possibly in February.

·         Dates: TBA (July 2023)


  1. Sternberg Science Camps

·         https://sternberg.fhsu.edu/education-outreach/science-camps/

·         Based out of Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

·         Location: Various

·         Age: Multiple, Elementary, Middle, and High School camps.

o   High School - Students work with practicing biologists, paleontologists, and geologists, doing college-level fieldwork, lab and classroom activities, and outdoor skills training.

o   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: https://sternberg.fhsu.edu/education-outreach/science-camps/camps-online-information-sessions.html


  1. OceanFirst Institute

·         https://www.oceanfirstinstitute.org/what-we-do/education/summer-camps/

·         Grades: 6th – 12th

·         Location: 3015 Bluff St., Boulder, CO

·         Dates: Various dates ½ day camps, 2022 dates TBA

o   Ocean Research & Conservation

  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

·         https://www.odysseyexpeditions.com/ 

·         Ages: 13 and up

·         Location: Multiple

·         Dates: Various

·         What: Sailing, Scuba, Marine Biology


  1. Army – Navy Academy

·         https://armyandnavyacademy.org/summer-programs/ 

·         Leadership

o   High school and Middle School camps available

o   Additional options Aviation, Cyber & Computer Science

·         Location: San Diego County, CO

·         Dates: Various, 2023 TBA


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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