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Encampment 2023 (25th CTG) Dates

March TBD: Cadre Selection Exercise (Fri-Sun) (Bldg TBD)
April TBD: Cadre Training Weekend (Thur-Sun) (Bldg TBD)
May TBD: Encampment Preparatory School (Fri-Sun) (Bldg TBD)
June TBD: Encampment Exec Staff Arrival (Thursday) 
June TBD: Encampment Cadre Arrival (Friday)
June TBD: Encampment (Saturday to Saturday) (Bldg TBD)

Encampment will be held at Camp Ripley national guard base in northern Minnesota.  Apply now!



Minnesota Wing Encampment is a highly anticipated activity each year.  Touted as the most influential week in a cadet's career, expectations are high, and Encampment delivers!  First year students attend the Basic Learning Course (BLC), learning followership, teamwork, and self-discipline.  Second year students can attend the Advanced Leadership Course (ALC), or apply for staff.  Cadet Encampment is “an immersion into the full challenges and opportunities of cadet life”. This one-week course is held annually, mid-summer, at Camp Ripley, Little Falls MN. The purpose is for cadets to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise and reinforce their moral character.

Encampment is open to cadets who have completed Achievement 1 (first promotion) and have permission from their parents or guardian and unit commander. Cadets under the age of 13 and not yet cadet Staff Sergeants are required to attend MN Encampment Preparatory School, a weekend course held prior to encampment.

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.  Most Civil Air Patrol scholarships require that you first attend Encampment, like the Dr Ron Hanson Academic Scholarship for cadets applying to college, or the Spaatz Association Aerospace Leadership scholarship for cadets on their way to a private pilot's license.  National Cadet Special Activities are also available to CAP cadets who have completed Encampment.  Encampment is a requirement before promoting to a cadet officer.

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 at least one of the following three requirements:

Be 14 years old by the beginning of Encampment OR
Be a C/SSgt by the beginning of Encampment OR
Attend the Encampment Prep School (details below)

BLC Student Packing List

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MN Encampment Preparatory School

Not sure whether you're ready for Encampment?  Then MN Encampment Preparatory School (MEPS) is for you!  MEPS is a weekend preparatory version of Encampment, where some of the skills for basic Encampment are taught.  You'll get an intro to Encampment drill, get a feel for the atmosphere, and learn some of the basic practices.  Know that this isn't the whole thing though!  Encampment itself has much more time for fun activities and in-depth training.

2023 MEPS Information 

Dates: TBD (Friday through Sunday)
Arrival Time: 7:00 PM
Arrival Uniform: ABUs
Location: Building TBD, Camp Ripley, MN

Cost: included in normal Encampment fee
Application deadline: TBD 2023

 Graduation time (Sunday): 10:45 AM
Departure time (Sunday): 12:00 PM

MEPS is also a requirement if you're both under 14 and haven't attained the rank of C/SSgt yet.  It helps less experienced cadets get up to speed beforehand so the first few days of Encampment will be a little easier.  If you're 14 or above, OR you're already a C/SSgt, you're not required to attend.  That said, you can always still go to MEPS just to get a head start.  Feel free to check out CAPP 60-71, the Cadet Encampment Handbook for even more info about Encampment.

To apply for MEPS, just fill out a normal Encampment application, and be sure to check the MEPS box.

MEPS Student Packing List

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Advanced Leadership Course

After attending basic Encampment, cadets are encouraged to come back and attend again!  Second year students can apply for ALC (Advanced Leadership Course), as well as trying out for staff.  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 trained with a variety of other agencies.  ALC will be more difficult than your first year at Encampment, but the extra work is worth it!

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.  Here, students 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.

At ALC, you'll learn advanced leadership concepts and have a chance to put them into practice.  You'll hear from guest speakers, practice planning and following schedules, and spend time on the range with multiple hands-on activity days.

ALC Student Packing List

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Staffing Encampment

One of the best opportunities for second and third year cadets is to apply for staff at Encampment.  Staff will have opportunities to learn hands-on leadership and real-world skills, and it's one of the most rewarding experiences in CAP.  Learn more about staffing Encampment.

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