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Cybersecurity Training Camps

2020 WAWG Summer Camps
Computer science & cybersecurity
including AFA CyberCamp programs

Dates: July 20 - 24th 2020
Location: ONLINE in WAWG - Google Classroom
Points of Contact:  Maj. Sylvie Kacmarcik 
C/Maj Bradley Gorham 

COMPLETED - Thank you for the great camps !

We now have a mascot and a design for our Cyber Security Training Camps: the Green Darner dragonfly. Can you find all the camp related references? The answers will be provided at the end of the camps.There might be a prize if you can find them all ! Email me at by Thursday 23 July 2020 at 23:59 to participate.

The Washington Wing signed up for two more FREE online AFA CyberCamps for summer 2020:

    20-24 July  2020 - Standard and Advanced AFA CyberCamps -
    up to 50 cadets per camp, open to all cadets (Curry achievement and above). Senior members are welcome too!
    with online instruction through WAWG - Google classroom created by WAWG cadets & SM instructors,
    with the collaboration of non-CAP computer specialists
    Points of Contact:  Maj. Sylvie Kacmarcik & C/Maj Bradley Gorham 


    Cadets must at least have their CURRY ACHIEVEMENT completed prior to attending their camp.

    The 50 FIRST Washington Wing CADETS (14 and older) to register will get FREE access to the CyberStart Game (valued at $150), a cyber security educational game available to us for the whole summer break thanks to the JROTC programs. If you want to check it out, you can play a free demo at

    There will be 2 AFA Cybercamps held ONLINE, one standard camp in the morning and one advanced camp in the afternoon. Participants should plan for 4 to 5 hours per day for 5 days. The camps will be taught by WAWG instructors (cadets NCO & officers, senior members and computer/cyber security specialists) in a Google Classroom environment using Google Meet for remote interaction. One of our special guest instructor is US Air Force Captain Paul Lucero, a military cyber specialist presently instructing at the US AFROTC program at the University of Washington, Seattle.
    Camps are targeting cadets but it is also a great way to learn and explore for potential coaches and mentors. 

    Standard level camp does only require students to have some experience working on a computer for school to make sure they are comfortable navigating around in it.

    Advanced level camp requires cadets to be 13 or older due to CISCO Networking Academy restrictions. This camp also has prerequisite experience or knowledge needed since this camp expects students to have done the Standard level camp first, and it goes at a faster pace than the standard one:
    • Having actively participated in at least one AFA CyberPatriot season; and/or
    • Having actively participated in at least one AFA CyberCamp; and/or
    • Having actively participated in at least one CAP Cyber Academy; and/or
    • Having had prior cyber security training; and/or
    • Having prior system administration knowledge; and/or
    • Being a high-school student, or entering high-school in Fall 2020, who feels comfortable with computers, and who feels ready to be challenged.
    • All advanced cadets will specify their computer experience in the designated section of the registration form.

    • Standard camp - Instruction & practices starting at 08:00 sharp until 12:00, followed by Q&A and guest speakers from 12:00 to 13:00; Advanced cadets are welcome to attend that last hour.

    • Advanced camp - Instruction & practices starting at 13:00 sharp until 17:00, followed by Q&A and guest speakers from 17:00 to 18:00; Standard cadets are welcome to reconnect to attend that last hour.

    • Note 1: Friday for both camps will include a 3 hour long AFA CyberPatriot-like mini-competition. 
    • Note 2: Cadets wanting to participate in both camps will need to request a waiver justifying the ability to follow the program of both camps in the same week. Senior members do not need a waiver.

    Check if the computer to use during the camp complies with the AFA CyberPatriot technical specifications: 

    For waiver request, or if you encounter any problem during the camp [DO NOT CONTACT the AFA] please contact WAWG CyberPatriot coordinators and AFA CyberCamp directors:

    If you want to attend one of our FREE AFA CyberCamps organized for the week of 20-24 July 2020, register no later than 17July 2020 at 12:00 noon PDT, by filling the Google Forms available at:

    Organize your own 2020 Summer AFA CyberCamps: 

        Extract from email from Major Bill Blatchley, CAP-NHQ Cadet Cyber Programs Specialist:

        "The Air Force Association has CyberCamps through the summer for groups to introduce students to cyber security concepts and prepare them for their first CyberPatriot competition. They have a basic camp as well as an advanced camp. The basic camp is for students and cadets who have no previous cyber security or CyberPatriot experience while the advanced camp is for students who have some experience and want to learn additional concepts.

        The camp is designed around a four hour day with lecture material and hands on lab learning Monday through Thursday. Friday is a mini CyberPatriot competition designed to reinforce the material that was learned during the week.

        This summer, CAPNHQ will sponsor (not host) three AFA CyberCamps. Squadrons are free to host one or more of these camps to introduce more cadets to cyber security and the CyberPatriot competition.

        For 2020, NHQ will be sponsoring three weeks of camps:
    • Basic Camp: 15-19 June 2020 (completed)
    • Basic Camp: 20-24 July 2020
    • Advanced Camp: 20-24 July 2020
        The AFA CyberCamp fee for these three weeks is paid by NHQ directly. Host units will be responsible for obtaining computers and Internet connections to run the camp. In addition, the host unit will need to provide instructors to facilitate the training sessions contained in the material. Host units will be provided with electronic versions of the material and must print the workbooks for the cadets in attendance. Printing of the instructor's material is optional. The time of day when the host unit hosts the camp is up to them. It must be held Monday through Friday, however, on the days identified. Individual cadet registration is also the responsibility of the host unit.

        If the hosting unit has any technical issues or questions, they MUST NOT contact the AFA. All questions relating to these CyberCamps must be routed through the CAP Cyber Programs Team via

        More information on the AFA CyberCamp program can be found at: 

    Why you should learn about cybersecurity?
    • Everyone who owns a computer or a smart device is at risk against cyberattacks
    • Learn about cyberthreats and how they can directly or indirectly impact you
    • Learn to identify your systems’ vulnerabilities which open doors to cybercriminals
    • Learn to protect your computers against cyberattacks
       How to learn about cybersecurity?