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Minnesota Encampment is a week-long activity held each summer at Camp Ripley for our youth members (cadets). First-time Encampment students will be immersed in training, including drill and PT (physical training), leadership and aerospace class, and learning the chain of command that helps to make their home units run efficiently. Encampment is a youth-led activity overseen by adult members of the Civil Air Patrol. Encampment is a prerequisite for cadets to attend National Special Cadet Activities and is required to earn the Billy Mitchell Award. Join us to make lifelong friends with cadets from across our state.

Pass and Review at the end of EncampmentEncampment Medical team of Senior Members and Cadets.

1st Photo: Encampment Pass and Review at the end of Encampment
2nd Photo: Encampment Medical Team comprised of both Senior Members and Cadets

Quotes from Cadets and Parents

“Having fun and being disciplined are not two completely different things. That’s what I thought before I came here, but now I know I can have fun and be disciplined at the same time.” 2021 Minnesota Encampment - quote from Cadet Senior Airman Greshowak

General Schedule

Minnesota usually finds out their week for encampment in November. Encampment generally runs from Saturday to Saturday for cadets. Registration for cadets usually opens in early spring.

Applications for cadet and senior member staff positions usually open over the winter. These opportunities will be communicated via the Minnesota Wing Announcements. 

Encampment Curriculum

Physical Training run with Lt Col Holm and Exec staff encouraging cadet.Mission. The purpose of the cadet encampment is for cadets to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and solidify their moral character.

Vision. The vision for the cadet encampment is “an immersion into the full challenges and opportunities of cadet life.”

Philosophy. Encampment presents the five key traits of cadet life – the uniform, aerospace themes, opportunities to lead, challenge, and fun (ref: CAPR 60-1, chapter 1) – in an intensive environment that moves cadets beyond their normal comfort zones for personal growth. 

Mission, Vision, and Philosophy CAPP 60-70
Picture of Physical Training at Encampment: Senior Member Chaplain, Lt. Col. Holm runs alongside first-time encampment cadet Cadet Chief Master Sgt. DeMoss from Ft Snelling 131st and encampment Executive Officer Cadet Maj. Olson from St Cloud Composite Squadron.

All training materials are available online.

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Financial Assistance

Help with tuition and uniform expenses is available. Please see the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program page. Applications generally open in March for summer encampment and close 30 days before the encampment week.

Out of State Encampments

If you have a conflict with the Minnesota Encampment or want to network outside the state, see the National Headquarters Encampment webpage for a list of all upcoming encampments. These will generally be listed in the spring as each state sets its dates. The registrations process and dates vary by state.

Required Physical

First-time attendees will need to submit CAPF 162-CAP Member Physical Exam Form. This must be signed by a medical professional, similar to a school sports physical. There will be more forms to submit, but this one is nice to get done on your next trip to the doctor's office.

Cadet team building exercise, two cadets carrying a barrel.Cadet team work, cadets carrying wood over barrels.

1st & 2nd Photo: Encampment 2021 team building. 3rd Photo: Maj. da Silva and Cadet Maj. Scholes.
4th Photo: Maj. Seery. Photo 5: Charlie Flight at Encampment

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