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Summer Encampment



Dates: June 2024

Staff report on June 2024


Location: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM


Encampment challenges you. It pushes you so you’ll grow. Are you self-disciplined? Can you lead? Can you truly work as a team? These are some of the questions the cadre will help you  answer for yourself as you participate in awesome, hands-on activities and tours.

Specifically, our goal is to inspire you to:

  • Develop leadership skills,
  • Learn about aviation, space, and technology,
  • Commit to a habit of regular exercise, and
  • Live the CAP Core Values

 As cadets of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, your training will emphasize not only leadership and character, but fitness and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as you explore career opportunities in those areas and so much more.




Basic Learning Course

Encampment's Basic Leadership Course (BLC) is the first year experience for new cadets.  Also known as Basic Encampment, it opens many doors to further promotion, scholarships, and national activities!  But Encampment is much more than just a requirement.  It's also a learning opportunity, and like all CAP cadet activities, fun is included!  At basic Encampment, new cadets learn drill movements, perfect customs, and courtesies, memorize Civil Air Patrol facts, and practice followership.

Encampment's purpose is to provide the most influential week of training in a cadet's career.  You'll definitely learn a lot!  But there are also a lot of benefits for going to basic Encampment. Leadership activities help you throughout your life and apply to things like

 National Cadet Special Activities for CAP cadets who have completed Encampment.  Encampment is a requirement before promoting to a cadet officer. And it looks great on college applications and scholarship entrance forms.

The staff has been working to make this year's Encampment the best experience for you!  Be sure to apply right away as there is limited space.

If you want to attend Encampment this summer as a first year student (BLC student), you must meet the following requirement:

  • Be 12 years old by the beginning of Encampment and have achieved the Curry Award.







Financial Assistance

Help with tuition and uniform expenses is available. Please see the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program page.  CEAP opens on 1 March for Summer Encampments and 1 November for Winter Encampments. CEAP closes about 30 days prior to the start of the encampment. 

Encampment Curricula

All training materials are available online.

COVID-19 Host Wing Information

Encampment staff will communicate COVID-19 protocols to parents prior to encampment.  Requirements are based on local public health policies, host institutions, and CDC guidance.

Overnight Lodging

Click here for details on overnight activity lodging policies.

Air Force Support for CAP Encampments

Click here to see a letter referencing 2022 Air Force support for CAP encampments.


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