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Advanced Leadership Course

Encampment's Advanced Leadership Course is geared towards developing teamwork and leadership skills in Cadet NCOs and Officers in a challenging environment.  In the past, ALC has spent time on the range in Camp Ripley, used rifle simulators, had orientation rides on US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and even trained with Navy SEALs!  ALC will be more difficult than your first year at Encampment, but the extra work is worth it!

Why ALC at Encampment

ALC has its roots in an older MN program for developing future staff members.  And it's true: many of the skills you'll learn in ALC can be transferred to CAP staff positions.  However, ALC is more than just a staff prep school.  It is a much more robust program that focuses on leadership and personal growth.  ALC offers opportunities for student to learn how to think independently and lead a team towards a common goal.  This is done through ALC-specific activities that aren't offered to the rest of Encampment.

ALC isn't for everyone.  To apply, you must have already achieved C/SSgt, and have graduated from Encampment.  We also suggest that you consider applying for Encampment staff as well!  However, if you're accepted to ALC, you'll be sent a recommended PT plan to follow for ALC.  The fitness regime will be challenging, but realistic for any cadet to take on.

Apply for ALC!

2022 ALC Information

Encampment dates: 25 June 2022 through 2 July 2022 (Saturday through Saturday)

Online application link: TBD (applications open TBD)

Pay for an existing application: TBD

Check application status: TBD


You can apply for ALC during the application window.  To apply, use the online application link above.  If you want to attend Encampment in June as a second year student (ALC student), you must meet both of the following three requirements prior to applying:

Be a C/SSgt (or higher) when applying AND
Have attended an Encampment

There are five parts to each application to Encampment.  Only complete application packages will be considered for acceptance to this activity.

  1. Online Application (see link above)

  2. $225 payment (online payment preferred, during application process) (financial assistance)

  3. CAPF 60-81 - Application form for CAP Encampment.  Must be signed by your parents/guardians and your squadron commander.

  4. CAPF 162 - CAP Member Physical Exam Form.  Must be signed by a medical professional, similar to a school sports physical.  Only required your first time to Encampment.

  5. CAPF 163 - Permission for Provision of Minor Cadet Over-The-Counter Medication.  Must be signed by your parents/guardians.

We prefer that you submit your payment online and that you email your forms to  If you must mail the forms and/or payment, please email for more information. 

When checking your Encampment application status (see link above), note that an “accepted” status means that you are accepted to attend Encampment.  No further action is required.  However, an “applied” status means that you have not completed your application package and do not have a confirmed place at Encampment.  Check that you've submitted all your forms and completed your payment.  Please email with any Encampment related questions. 

Getting To Encampment

Each family is responsible for coordinating transportation to and from Encampment.  However, many local squadrons provide transportation to their cadets to and from Encampment, so check with your local unit to see if they are arranging rides.  

Encampment is held at Camp Ripley, and the student drop-off location is the Minnesota Military Museum within Camp Ripley.  Cadets are expected to already be in ABUs before arriving.  There will not be time or space to change before inprocessing.

Be aware that Camp Ripley is a military installation, and is usually at a higher state of readiness than the rest of the country.  Due to heightened security concerns, all adults in your vehicle will need to have their driver’s licenses available when you drop off or pick up your cadet.  Depending on their FPCON (Force Protection Condition), they may only check your ID, might check your insurance, or could even have to search you or your vehicle (rarely).

Communicating With Your Encampment Student

Cadets at ALC have access to technology, though only at certain times throughout the day (please do not expect prompt responses to texts or phone calls).  We'll be posting though!  Check out our photos page!  However, if you'd like to send a message to a student at Encampment, that's encouraged!  Encampment can be stressful, and an encouraging email from home is always welcome.  Students will normally receive a printed copy of their mail during personal time before bed each night.

Emails are accepted starting the first day of encampment, and ending at noon the day before graduation.  We ask that you refrain from sending discouraging or upsetting news during the week of Encampment so that students can concentrate on their training.  Please also refrain from sending confidential personal information, as an Encampment staff member reviews all incoming mail.

To send an email to an Encampment student or staff member click here!

Student Graduation

After their long and arduous week of training, students celebrate by performing a military-style Pass In Review ceremony, followed by awards presentations.  All parents are welcome to attend! Graduation is on the last day of Encampment, at the Camp Ripley Chapel.  Here's the schedule:

Parent Briefing:  1000-1020
Pass-In-Review (Parade):  1040-1100
Graduation Ceremony:  1120-1220

Lunch will not be served on arrival day or graduation day for any students. 

After student graduation, students march back to their barracks, collect their belongings, sign out, and are allowed to leave.  


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