2016 AFA CyberCamp Program Overview

We look forward to your application next  year!

 2016 AFA CyberCamp Brochure2016 AFA CyberCamps Brochure.pdf

In 2009, the Air Force Association (AFA) created the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.​

How do AFA CyberCamps work?

The AFA CyberCamp is designed to be executed over five days. It includes instruction modules, access to accompanying demonstration software, and access to novice Windows 7 and novice Ubuntu competition images on the approved camp's scheduled competition day.

AFA CyberCamp Kit
Through the AFA CyberCamp program, schools and educational organizations can order a curriculum kit consisting of five four-hour instruction modules, accompanying instructor's guides, student workbooks, demonstration software, and competition software that will teach students important skills in cyber safety and cybersecurity. The 20-hour curriculum is designed to be completed over five days, with the fifth day serving as a day of mock competition.

Summer 2016 Session Dates: 

  ■     Session A: June 13 - 17

  ■     Session B: June 20 - 24

  ■     Session C: June 27 - July 1

  ■     Session D: July 11 - 15

  ■     Session E: July 18 - 22

  ■     Session F: July 25 - 29

  ■     Session G: Aug 1 - 5​

  ■     Session H: Aug 8 - 12​

The CyberPatriot Program Office DOES NOT register students for individual camps. List of approved camps (and if available, organization contact information) can be found ​HERE.

The AFA CyberCamp Kit curriculum is organized as follows:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, cybersecurity career opportunities, cyber ethics, online safety, how computers work, and cyber threats

  • Module 2 : Cybersecurity principles, virtual machines, basic Windows security policies and tools, and account management
    • Students follow along on the provided Windows 7 demonstration image
  • Module 3: Windows file protections, auditing and monitoring, introduction to Server 2008 and introduction to Linux
    • Students follow along on the provided Windows 7 demonstration image

  • Module 4: Ubuntu terminology and concepts, basic graphical user interface security, basic command line security, and intermediate Ubuntu security
    • Students follow along on the provided Ubuntu demonstration image

  • Module 5: Mock CyberPatriot competition 
    • Students compete on the provided Windows 7 and Ubuntu competition images

What organizations are eligible to request an AFA CyberCa

mp Kit?

AFA chapters, public and private high schools and middle schools, home schools, Civil Air Patrol squadrons, Naval Sea Cadet Corps units, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and, pending approval by the CyberPatriot National Commissioner, other non-profit educational organizations are encouraged to request and host AFA CyberC

Organizations are required to supply all computer and technical equipment, as well as staff the camp session with a qualified adult instructor. 

There are no age restrictions on the student participants in the CyberCamp program, but given the curriculum's targeted level of difficulty, the CyberPatriot Program Office recommends camps recruit local 7th -12th grade students with little to no cybersecurity experience.

See you next Summer!