Civil Air Patrol

Cybersecurity Camp – Great Lakes Region

Sunday 29 July – Saturday 4 August 2018
Ferris State University – Big Rapids, Michigan

The CAP Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Camp provides a place for cadets to grow their knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity defense techniques, and leadership—while having some fun in the process! Cadets will become stronger CyberPatriot competitors, with sharper leadership and teamwork skills, and will learn about future education and career options.

All learning is directly aligned with today’s needs in the Department of Defense, the public sector, and industry. Cadets can apply their acquired skills at home, in school, or at a job.

Ferris State University (FSU) hosts a number of sports and other types of camps during the summer months and is a great all-around environment in which spend a week. FSU has top-shelf computer lab facilities with client endpoints (PCs), software, and networking needed for hands-on practice.


1. Cadets must have completed basic encampment prior to Cybersecurity Encampment in order to attend.
2. Registration will close on Wednesday, 27 June at 1700, or when 24 complete registration applications are received (including attachments). Early registration will help guarantee a slot in the camp.



Two different Cybersecurity Camp curriculums are being offered, both at the FSU computer labs:

• The Standard Camp is for cadets who are new to cyber and cybersecurity, or who would like to enhance their basic CyberPatriot skills. This program will use the Air Force Association CyberCamp curriculum, including a Friday nation-wide camp competition.
• The Advanced Camp is for students who already have basic expertise (e.g., have competed in CyberPatriot several times), and who would like to gain advanced knowledge and skills. Students interested in the Advanced Camp will receive a survey in which to explain their skills and interests. Depending on the survey results, Cybersecurity Camp leaders will use the AFA Advanced CyberCamp curriculum and competition or will provide a custom curriculum.

Core instruction is provided by CAP senior members who are also FSU professors or practicing cybersecurity leaders, professionals, and engineers at businesses within the Great Lakes Region.



Team-building and other activities will provide a break from the classroom and will give cadets a chance to enhance “soft skills” often found lacking by employers. They include:

• Afternoon Canoeing – Muskegon River
• Ropes Course – Ferris State University
• Tour – State of Michigan Lake Superior Data Center, Lansing, Michigan

Two of these activities are considered CAP “high-adventure,” and will be managed in accordance with appropriate CAP regulations.


Billeting and Dining

Residence hall rooms and dining services will be provided by FSU, except during an end-of-week get together on Friday evening.



The cost of the camp, including billeting, dining, and activities is $150. Payment by credit card and check is available.

Schedule and Venue
• Arrival: Sunday, 29 July between 1400 and 1600.
• Graduation: Saturday, 4 August at 1100
• Departure: About Noon Saturday

Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Michigan. See


Additional Information

A packing list and other information will be published in this space as the camp date gets closer. For initial guidance, refer to your basic encampment packing list and instructions. Cadet uniforms will consist of ABUs / BDUs in the classroom, PT-type gear for outdoor activities, and dress blues for the tour and graduation day. It’s permissible for cadets to bring laptops, though not necessary.

Senior members who are interested in serving as technical mentors should contact Capt Stan Kowalski (


Registration Instructions

To register (cadets):
1. Download and save each of the following forms, then complete and scan them into *.pdf or *.jpg files that can be uploaded. Once downloaded, you can open the form in Adobe Reader DC to complete most of it. (See
Note 1: Pictures of the documents, such as those taken by a cell phone, will not be accepted.
Note 2: CAPF31 requires squadron, group, and wing certification for this regional activity. A designee such as a squadron commander may sign on behalf of the group and/or wing commander, provided the designee has written approval to do so on file from the leader(s) for which he or she is signing.
• CAPF31 –
• CAPF160 –
• CAPF161 –
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2. Complete the registration form, and submit your payment with the form.




Questions may be submitted to Capt Kowalski at; cadets who submit questions must copy their squadron commander.

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