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Summer Cadet Encampment

Aug. 13-19, 2023

The cadet encampment serves as a week-long leadership laboratory. It offers Civil Air Patrol cadets the opportunity to further develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and solidify their moral character. This encampment will challenge our cadets. It will push them to grow, lead, and work as a team. 

"Whether you are a first-time encampment attendee or back to serve on staff, you will learn and hone leadership skills that will stay with you throughout your time in CAP and wherever life leads you. You will work hard, be challenged, make new friends, and, most importantly, learn about yourself and what you can achieve. We look forward to you joining us." — Lt. Col. John Davies, encampment commander

Encampment Location

The encampment will be held at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va., which is operated by the Virginia Army National Guard. The campus has been used by Civil Air Patrol’s Mid-Atlantic Region for many schools and encampments over the years. It is perfectly located to provide cadets with a wide range of opportunities to support the learning objectives of the CAP cadet encampment program. The campus is on the Atlantic coast east of Naval Air Station Oceana and 50 miles southeast of Langley Air Force Base. Transportation to and from the campus will be available.

Encampment Cost

  • $230 for first-time cadets
  • $130 for cadet staff (applications closed)

The application window for first-time cadets is open until July 1, 2023. Go to the Encampment Applications page for details. After the first 90 cadet applications, a waitlist will be created with National Capital and Delaware wings having priority.

Encampment Correspondence

Please use to ask questions, submit applications, and for any other correspondence about the encampment.

Encampment Staff

Lt. Col. John Davies

Encampment Commander


Lt. Col. John Davies is the chief of staff for Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing. He joined CAP as a cadet in 1965, before joining the Army in 1974. Davies retired as an Army colonel and now works for the Association of the United States Army.

The senior member and cadet staff applications are closed. Selections will be published on the Encampment News page. 

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