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Florida Leadership Academy

Learn what it takes to be a successful staff member
at the next FLWG Encampment! 

Florida Elks Youth Camp

Umatilla, Florida

May 03- 05 2024

Activity Director:  Capt Jordan Wiggins

Activity Cadet Commander:  C/Maj Kristina Duncan

Please read the information below before you register to answer frequently asked questions.





Cadets attending the Florida Leadership Academy (FLA) will find the instruction to help them perform leadership roles at their home squadrons and other CAP activities. Serving on Encampment staff provides a perfect opportunity for cadets to practice the lessons learned from the FLA. Cadets who intend to apply for Encampment staff are highly encouraged to attend the FLA to develop their leadership abilities. You will learn the lessons needed to serve at any CAP event, which will weigh heavily when the staff is chosen for the next encampment.

The following courses are offered. You should register in accordance with your current grade.

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA)                     

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)                   

Cadet Commander Course (CCC) 

Senior Training Officer Course



The activity fee is $80.00 for each participant. The fee covers all course expenses, including the activity t-shirt, meals, and materials. Payment must be made online.

Student registration must be completed on our electronic registration system:  

  • Make certain you have your form 160 and form 161 printed, signed, and scanned before filling out the online registration.  

  • Bring hard copies of all your forms with you to the activity.

  • Registration Zone Link: CLOSED (Slots Filled)
  • Eventbrite Link: CLOSED (Slots Filled)
  • Forms needed to upload through the "Registration Zone" - see forms on the RIGHT-hand column (if NOT able to upload , send to cpforms@flwgcap.us).
    • 160

    • 161

    • 60-80 

    • CAP FORM 17 (Seniors Only)

NCO Academy (NCOA) Student Applicants.

Applicants must have completed their Basic Encampment. This is for cadets with the grade of C/SrA through C/TSgt at the time of application. Cadets not meeting these requirements will not be considered for this course.

SNCO Academy (SNCOA) Student Applicants.

Applicants must have completed their Basic Encampment. This is for cadets with the grade of C/MSgt through C/CMSgt at the time of application. Cadets that promote to C/MSgt after registration will take the NCOA. Cadets not meeting these requirements will not be considered for this course.

Cadet Command Course (CCC) Student Applicants.

This is for cadets with the grade of C/2d Lt and above at the time of application.

Cadet lnstructor Applicants

For consideration as a cadet instructor, cadets must have earned the Earhart Award(C/Capt) or higher to instruct the CCC academy. Cadets must have earned the Mitchell award or higher to instruct the SNCO academy. Cadets must have earned the rank of CMSgt or higher to instruct the NCO academy. Instructors must have previously staffed an encampment as line staff.

Senior Class Advisor Applicants.

For consideration as a senior instructor, seniors should have earned the Senior Rating in Cadet Programs or have extensive cadet programs experience. CAP experience external to the Cadet Program as well as professional experience outside of CAP may be considered for selection.

Applicants will email jordan.wiggins@flwgcap.us with a description of their desired position along with their CAP Resume. Do NOT complete the online registration form unless you've been selected for staff.

Senior Staff Applicants.  

Senior staff applicants should have previous experience working in cadet programs activities at the group or wing level and be able to assist in administrative and logistics capacities for the activity. A current CAP driver’s license is also recommended.

Senior Student Applicants

Senior Training Officers as well as new senior members are encouraged to attend. We will focus on the aspects of encampment and working on how to mentor the cadet cadre in their roles and responsibilities during the encampment.

Activity Date:      03 May- 05 May

31 March 2024              Instructor and staff applications due (senior and cadet)
15 April 2024      Student applications are due
16 April 2024      Deadline for all refund request whether full or partial

Full refunds will be available until the suspense date and may be requested via the online refund request form. Requests for refunds after the suspense date will be based on the activities' ability to replace the paid-for slot. Refund requests may take as long as 90 days after the end of the activity to process.

If you request a refund and have received no communication from the activity staff for two months with information on the refund request, please e-mail the activity director to ensure your request was received and is being processed.


All members will arrive in blue jeans and a tan T-shirt or CAP activity shirt. Academy shirts will be distributed upon arrival. Saturday will start in ABUS with the academy T-shirt. Civilian clothes will be permitted when class is finished for the day. Sunday's UOD will be in class B blues uniform.

Students will be in short sleeves with all ribbons and without a tie. Senior Members will follow the same uniform of the day structure. Saturday will be a utility uniform (ABU, Corporate Utility, or Working Uniform). Sunday's UOD will be in class B blues uniform or Corporate White Aviator. Students will be in short sleeves with all ribbons and without a tie.

ABUs will be needed for this event.

Staff:              1600
Students:      1800 - 2000

** Make sure you eat before arrival **


GRADUATION. A graduation ceremony will be held at the Elks Camp at 1300 on 05 May 2024. Parking is available. Students will be dismissed following the graduation ceremony. There will not be a reception before graduation therefore, all guests for graduation are asked to plan their arrival at the facility no earlier than 1230. 

Watch the Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol Facebook page for FLA updates and photos/videos as the encampment occurs.


How to Receive FLA shoulder cord:

Col. Negron, the Florida Wing Commander, has authorized a cord that may be worn by graduates of FLA.  This is covered by a supplement to 39-1 posted on the NHQ website.  It reads:

Cadets who complete and graduate from all three Florida Leadership Academies (NCO, SNCO, and CCC) are authorized to wear a black and gold cord (where gold is the center color and black is the edge color) on class A or B blues. Cadets who have earned the FLA cord my also earn a gold aiguillette by returning to FLA as an instructor at any academy. Only one aiguillette may be worn regardless of how many times the cadet returns to instruct. This cord may only be worn within the Florida Wing but may be worn at any wing, group, or squadron function/event where the blues uniform is required. This cord may be worn perpetually by the cadet until they leave CAP or become a senior member. The FLWG will not be providing the cord, members or squadrons will need to procure them.

To receive authorization to wear the cord a cadet must submit scanned copies of their graduation certificates for all three academies to cpforms@flwgcap.us .  To wear the aiguillette the cadet must submit a scanned copy of their authorization to wear the cord and copy of their staff certificate to cpforms@flwgcap.us .



Florida Elks Youth Camp  (Click on the map for directions)       

24175 S.E. Hwy 450
PO Box 49
Umatilla, FL 32784

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