Types of Camps

​CyberPatriot has modified camp materials to be able to be conducted in a virtual environment and is requiring all camp hosts to follow their local regulations surrounding COVID-19.

​​​​​​Both the standard and advanced AFA CyberCamps are packaged as 20-hour long materials designed to be taught over five days. All sessions are Monday through Friday, with Fri​day being reserved as the competition day.

standard afa cybercamp ​

The following is an outline of the curriculum for the Standard CyberCamp. Please note that this curriculum is not final and is subject to change.​

  • Monday - MODULE 1: Introduction to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, introduction to cybersecurity & careers, cyber ethics, online safety, how computers work, virtual machines, and cyber threats​.

  • Tuesday - MODULE 2: Cybersecurity principles, basic Windows security policies and tools, account management, windows file protections, and auditing and monitoring. Students will follow along and work with the Windows 10 demonstration image.

  • Wednesday - MODULE 3: Introduction to Linux, Ubuntu 16 terminology and concepts, basic GUI security, and intro to CLIStudents will follow along and work with the Ubuntu 16 demonstration image. 

  • Thursday - MODULE 4: Basic command line security and intermediate Ubuntu security. Students will follow along and work with the Ubuntu 16 demonstration image. 

  • Friday - CyberPatriot Competition day. Students will compete against their fellow campers on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 competition images. ​​


The Advanced Camp curriculum is designed to allow instructors to pick and choose which areas of interests their students might best learn from. There is more information made available than will fit in a four-hour camp day -- instructors have the option to pick the topics which are best suited for their session. Friday must be reserved for the CyberPatriot competition. 

  • Windows 10 Module -- Windows Graphical Utilities, Windows Command Line, optional Sysinternals Suite.
  • Ubuntu 16 Module -- Init Systems, Advanced Command Line, Processes and Scheduled Tasks, optional Security Policies and PAM, optional Networking.
  • Cisco NetAcad -- Networking Modules 1-3.
Sample Schedule​:
  • Monday - Cyber Ethics Module, Windows 10 Module
  • Tuesday - Windows 10 Module, Ubuntu 16
  • Wednesday - Ubuntu 16 Module ​
  • Thursday - Cisco Networking Modules 1-3 
  • Friday - CyberPatriot competition day. Teams of students compete against each other on advanced Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 images.

technical requirements

The AFA CyberCamp curriculum and activities are largely computer based. To maximize student engagement, the host organization should meet the following technical specifications:

  • One computer for every 2-3 campers.
    • All computers, including the presentation computer, must have internet access and must be capable of running VMWare Workstation Player, WinMD5, and 7-Zip.
    • PCs are preferred.
  •  A projector and presentation computer with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Full technical specifications are available HERE​

PLEASE NOTE: Chromebooks and ThinkPads are not compatible with CyberCamp software. Mac computers are acceptable, but will not be eligible for technical assistance from the CyberPatriot Program Office. If you believe you will be using Mac computers for your camp, please contact us directly so that we may assist with proper pre-testing before your camp.

Questions? Contact AFACyberCamps@uscyberpatriot.org