Application Deadline - Monday, 29 April

The Basic Cadet Application Process Deadline is MONDAY, 29 APRIL. This is a "received by" date and NOT a "postmarked by" date.

In addition, all applicants who have not paid in full must submit final payment by this date. Payments may be made by check or credit card using the Eventbrite System. Due to the different deposit and payment options, the Eventbrite system may not have the particular payment choice that you need. If this is the case, you must mail the balance payment to the Encampment Admin Office so that it arrives no later than the deadline above.

Mail checks, payable to Colorado Wing CAP, to the following address:

Colorado Wing CAP Encampment
19210 East Breckenridge Avenue, Stop 33
Buckley Air Force Base, CO 80011-9525

Put the cadet's CAPID Number on the memo line of the check.

Use Postal Service First Class Mail ONLY! Do not use overnight, express, FedEx, UPS, Certified, Registered or any other type of expedited service. This will only DELAY receipt.


2019 Colorado Wing "Lightning II" Encampment

Following COWG Encampment tradition, each year's Cadet Commander selects the “theme aircraft” for the encampment from current or historically significant U.S. Air Force aircraft. C/Capt Taylor Coffey has been selected as the 2019 Encampment Cadet Commander and has chosen the Lockheed-Martin F-35 "Lightning II" as this year's theme aircraft.

The F-35 "Lightning II" is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. 



Lockheed-Martin F-35A "Lightning II"
Lockheed - Martin F-35A
General Encampment Information

2019 Colorado Wing Encampment - Dates Announced

The 2019 Colorado Wing Encampment will be held at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Preparatory School.

  • Cadet Staff and Senior Staff Arrival – Tuesday, 4 June 2019. Time To Be Announced.
  • Basic Cadet (First Time Attendee Arrival) – Saturday, 8 June 2019. 0900 hours.
  • Graduation – Saturday, 15 June 2019. Time To Be Announced.
  • Basic Cadet Encampment Fee - $250.00 
    Cadet Staff Encampment Fee - $265.00

Cadet Command Staff Selection Process - Cadet Command Staff Interviews and selection were completed on January 26th.   

Cadet Staff Selection Process - The CESSnA Cadet Staff Selection for the remainder of the Cadet Staff positions was completed on Saturday, 16 March. Results of the selection process will be published soon. 

NEW - 4 March 2019 - Basic Cadet Application Process – The application process for Basic Cadets (first time encampment attendees) is now open!

Click HERE to access the Basic Cadet Application Packet for 2019. 

Senior Staff Positions – The Senior Staff application process is underway now.  Interested senior members should contact Lt Col Don Bolles, Encampment Commander at

2019 - CESSnA Cadet Staff Selection Activity

Click HERE to go the the CESSnA Cadet Staff Selection Activity information page.

2018 Encampment Facebook Page Link

Link to 2018 Colorado Wing Encampment Facebook Page:

Click HERE 


Move to Various Pages on the Encampment Website From this area
  • Click HERE to go the the Basic Cadet Information Page. The Basic Cadet Information Page contains all of the important information for Basic Cadets (first time attendees) such as application information, arrival & departure information, packing lists.
  • Click HERE to go to the Cadet Staff Page. The Cadet Staff Page contains information for Encampment Cadet Staff Members.
  • Click HERE to go to the Senior Staff Page. The Senior Staff Page contains information useful to Encampment Senior Staff Members
  • Click HERE to go to the Eventbrite Page to pay encampment fees or balances by credit card. 
  • Click HERE to enter information for the USAFA Entry Access List. (This module will be available in mid-May 2019.) 
2019 Arrival Instructions and Packing List for Basic Cadets

Click HERE to access the Packing List for Basic Cadets (first time attendees). (The Packing List is not yet available. This link will become active in late April or early May of 2019)

Click HERE to access the Encampment Arrival/Departure Instructions. (The Arrival/Departure Instruction document is not yet available. This link will become active in late May 2019)

USAFA Entry Access Registration

Click HERE to register for Entry Access to USAFA

What's in the Documents Above?

Why are the documents in the box above so important?

AFMAN 36-2203 Drill & Ceremonies is the US Air Force Drill "Bible". Everything you ever wanted to know about drill is in the manual. If you want to become a real expert, this is where you need to look! BE PATIENT - This is a large file and will be a slow download.

Learn-to-Lead Cadet Drill Guide is the very, very abbreviated CAP version of the Air Force Drill & Ceremonies Manual. This is probably all you will need to study prior to encampment.

Preparing for Encamment - Parents Guide is a lot of useful information for parents about encampment. This is "must read" for parents of a Basic Cadet (first time attendee) that is going to encampment.

Basic Cadet Guide - Preparing for Encampment is a great document to help the basic cadet, who is a first time attendee, to prepare for encampment.

CAP Manual 39-1 CAP Uniform Manual is the complete reference to wearing the CAP uniforms. Everything that you will ever need to know about CAP uniforms is in this manual - if you can find it!

Grooming and Appearance in Uniform is information that is taken from CAPM 39-1 and provides a "one-stop-shopping" source that provides cadets (and parents) with all of that important information about what kind of jewelry you can and cannot wear with the uniform, CAP's policy toward "body piercing", male and female grooming standards for haircuts, hairstyles, (don't show up with green hair) and makeup, etc. This is an important document. It should be reviewed by cadet applicants and parents, before encampment.

Encampment Grooming Standards Policy is the 2015 Encampment policy regarding personal grooming standards (such as haircuts and hairstyles).

CAP Pamphlet 151 - Respect on Display is the source for learning about CAP/Military Customs and Courtesies. This is a "must read"  for new cadets. This is your source for learning who to salute, when to salute, how to salute, and other important military traditions, customs, and courtesies. Be sure to study this before encampment.   

Encampment Email & Mailing Addresses

Colorado Wing CAP Encampment
19210 East Breckenridge Avenue, Stop 33
Buckley Air Force Base, CO 80011-9525

Email to: 

Encampment Commander

Encampment Commander: Lt Col Don Bolles