Frequently Asked Questions

Application

Why is birthdate on the application?

For background checks, required for the FBI Facility Tour.

Are there scholarships available?

Charlotte InfraGard CyberCamp strives to make camp available to all children and confidential assistance may be provided to the extent possible to cover a portion of your child’s registration fee. To apply, a check box is located on the Student Application under the Guardian section.  If you have failed to check this box by mistake, please email dcassle@ncinfragard.onmicrosoft.com.

When should parents send in payment?

Accepted applications will be given directions on where and when to send in payment.

What if I need to back out of camp after being accepted?

Please send an email to dcassle@ncinfragard.onmicrosoft.com with STUDENT NAME and BACK OUT in the Subject line of the email.

How will people be notified of acceptance/denial into CyberCamp?

An Email goes out on/about March 8th 2019 to both those who were accepted and those who were denied.

Attire

Dress Code

Students are expected to arrive at CyberCamp clean and neatly dressed.  Choice of clothing rest primarily with students, and should in no way interfere with learning.

T-Shirts will be provided and guidance on days which to wear these T-Shirts will be provided upon First Day of the CyberCamp.

Students should be appropriately dressed for CyberCamp.

Are phones allowed for campers?

Students are allowed to bring their phones to CyberCamp.  Phone usage and expectations will be defined during the first day of CyberCamp.

Food

Lunch and Snacks

CyberCamp will provide each student lunch throughout the week.  Lunch will be provisioned via Microsoft’s robust cafeteria which offers a wide range of dietary needs for most any Student (Gluten free, Paleo, Nut free, High/Low calorie needs, etc).

CyberCamp will also provide drinks within the classroom throughout the week.  These drinks consist mostly of bottled water and a few types of canned soft drinks.

CyberCamp will also provide snacks which include snack sized bags of chips, crackers, and pretzels.

Logistics

Is lodging available?

Overnight lodging is currently NOT provided by the CyberCamp, however there are many housing options within the immediate area of the CyberCamp.

What is the earliest time we can drop off, latest time we can pick up children?

Students should be Arrive by 7:45 EDT AM and plan to depart by 4:00 PM EDT at Microsoft’s Campus (8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC  28273).

Can parents come watch?

Parents are strongly encouraged to join and participate on the Friday afternoon and welcome to watch any other time. 

Miscellaneous

How does a parent/business sponsor a camper?

CyberCamp is completely community funded (donations and volunteers).  To continue to provide the Charlotte Community this incredible opportunity for our youth, Sponsors are required.

Sponsors can be both individual and organizations in nature.

Please visit our Sponsor page if you or someone you know can assist with the Charlotte CyberCamp mission.

https://www.ncinfragard.com/cybercamp-6-sponsorship/

Does the student/applicant need to be proficient in any cybersecurity tools like Nmap, Wireshark, and others?

CyberCamp is designed for those who have limited exposure to Cybersecurity tools as well as those who’ve had experience with these type of tools.

It is recommended, prior to attending the camp, to review the OSI Model, NMap, and Wireshark in efforts to Maximize your value of the CyberCamp.

Welcome to the official home page of the Charlotte InfraGard CyberCamp!

The 6th Annual Charlotte InfraGard CyberCamp is a week-long summer camp for STEM-focused High School students (rising 9-12th graders) being held the week of June 24th-28th 2019. Camp begins each morning at 8 am and lasts until 4 pm. CyberCamp is held each year at the Microsoft Campus adjacent to the FBI Charlotte Headquarters building. Students are supervised at all times by the many professionals engaged in the camp, Microsoft Security and FBI personnel.

CyberCamp engages students’ technical skills and aptitudes for information technology and security. The CyberCamp is designed to be a launch pad for students to identify their future career path in science, technology, engineering, math, and cybersecurity. Students will be eligible for future internships, references, and other future career benefits.

Camp counselors are credentialed cybersecurity experts from the FBI, local community colleges and private industry.  Students will be supported as they learn cutting edge cybersecurity skills, and techniques.  Each student will be mentored by experts through scenario-based learning processes to develop their critical thinking skills and
security awareness.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from industry experts and to kick start a student on the stem education path.  Students will tour the FBI headquarters in Charlotte, which is adjacent to the Microsoft campus where the CyberCamp is held.

Microsoft Campus

8055 Microsoft Way

Charlotte, NC  28273

dcassle@ncinfragard.onmicrosoft.com

CyberCamp costs $200 for the week and includes all materials and lunch each day.  Students who are rising 9  – 12 graders are welcome to apply.  Seats are limited, so please apply by March 1st, 2019.

How do we engage our Campers?

Experts from the FBI, Microsoft, Abagnale & Associates, Coca Cola, Lockfale, Endgame, Wells Fargo, and other professional organizations provide security training, security tools training, forensics analysis, lock picking, puzzle box cracking, and hold a Capture-the-Flag competition.  There are many surprises offered by our law enforcement partners at the FBI, so be on the lookout!

The 2019 CyberCamp is the third year we will be using Raspberry Pi’s to teach the Campers with funds contributed by Frank Abagnale of Abagnale & Associates. We greatly appreciate the long-standing support of this CyberCamp! The devices will be used by Campers to create projects that will help them learn how to code, develop applications and use cybersecurity tools.  The Campers will receive hard-to-get extra points for the Raspberry Pi projects in Camp Competitions.

Junior and Senior Counselors

We love it when our Campers return to camp as Junior Counselors!  Junior Counselors get to reengage their security skills, troubleshooting skills, collect valuable service hours, build their resumes while helping new campers navigate daily challenges.  We get to hear about their education journeys into cyber security and we always are ready to help them find employment opportunities as they grow into adults.

At our 2019 Camp, we are fortunate to have Cisco Security Advisory Summer Interns to be CyberCamp Senior Counselors, who study at Universities around the country and have started being security professionals that are now joining the workforce. Their focus will be to help the Campers navigate advanced security tools and Raspberry Pi programming by being hands on with the Campers.  We find having Senior Counselors who are nearer to the age of our Campers promotes a more open dialog and creates greater engagement in the projects being done and act as career mentors to the campers.

Expected Outcomes

We enable High School Campers to experience what it is like to work in the cyber security field by engaging their minds and their senses in real world situations.  We reward our winning Campers with great prizes, like tablets or other devices.  The hope is that Campers choose cyber security as their chosen profession and that they work with the represented companies or agencies as Interns and become future full-time employees.

2019 SPONSORS