Air Force Association CyberPatriot and CyberCamps
CyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
- Audience: Cadets, working in teams of 6
- CyberPatriot Playbook: An introduction into CyberPatriot operations from the perspective of Civil Air Patrol Cyber Programs.
Teams consist of between 2 and 6 cadets competing in either the Middle School or All Service Division.
449 Cadet Teams competed in season XIV.
2022-23 bi-weekly coaches meetings will start in September. Please contact Maj Blatchley for the conference call information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Microsoft Training Materials
In order to train on Windows images, it is necessary to build virtual machines for your team to use. Microsoft provides trial versions of their products that can be used. The following links to Microsoft will allow you to register and download Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server products. For Windows 10, you will want to install the Windows 10 Pro version. For the servers, you will want to install the servers according to what CyberPatriot will identify as the version that will be used during competition.
Air Force Association CyberCamps
The Air Force Association has CyberCamps through the summer for groups to introduce students to cyber security concepts and prepare them for their first CyberPatriot competition. They have a standard camp as well as an advanced camp. The standard camp is for students and cadets who have no previous cyber security or CyberPatriot experience while the advanced camp is for students who have some experience and want to learn additional concepts.
The camp is designed around a four hour day with lecture material and hands on lab learning Monday through Thursday. Friday is a mini CyberPatriot competition designed to reinforce the material that was learned during the week. The camps can be held in-person or virtually.
The AFA has also approved participation of non-CAP members in the NHQ-sponsored CyberCamps which may be used for STEM outreach and for informing more people about cyber security and CAP.
2022 NHQ-Sponsored CyberCamp Weeks
CAP will sponsor two weeks of AFA CyberCamps this summer. The Standard Camp will be offered the week of 11-15 July and 1-5 August. The AFA Advanced Camp will be held the same dates. CAP units at any echelon can host a camp with no cost for the electronic versions of the material. Units will be responsible for the printing costs for the cadet participants as well as securing a camp location, computers, internet access and instructors.
Please do not register with the AFA unless you are planning on paying for the camp week yourself.
Units wishing to host one or more of the camp weeks need to register with the CAP Cyber Programs staff using this link:
This form is not for cadets or students to register to attend a camp. Rather, it is for camp coordinators to register with CAP so the material can be provided to the host unit. Please do not register a camp with the Air Force Association unless you are willing to pay the entire registration fee for your own camp.
- The AFA CyberCamp fee for these weeks is paid by NHQ directly; host units MUST register with NHQ for these weeks to avoid payment to AFA and should not register or communicate with the AFA in any manner during these weeks IAW our contract with the AFA.
- Host units will be responsible for obtaining computers and Internet connections to run the camp. In addition, the host unit will need to provide instructors to facilitate the training sessions contained in the material.
- Host units will be provided with electronic versions of the material and must print the workbooks for the cadets in attendance. Printing of the instructor's material is optional.
- The time of day when the host unit hosts the camp is up to them. It must be held Monday through Friday, however, on the days identified.
- Individual cadet registration is also the responsibility of the host unit.
- Units that register directly with the AFA or wish to host camps during weeks other than the NHQ-sponsored weeks are responsible for all fees.