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Winter Encampment

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Virginia Wing Winter Encampment 

2023 Winter Encampment Tentative Dates: 26 Dec 2023 - 01 Jan 2024

This webpage will be updated as more details become available, keep checking back!


If you are interested in serving as any of the following executive cadre roles at this encampment, please email the encampment commander, Maj. Charles Beeson at <>, detailing the position(s) you are interested in, and a brief resume / explanation of why you believe you should be selected for the position. These emails are due by 29 Sep 2023.

Executive Cadre Roles:

  • Cadet Commander

  • Cadet Deputy Commander for Operations

  • Cadet Deputy Commander for Support

  • Cadet Encampment First Sergeant or Cadet Command NCO


Application Timeline (tentative):
  1. Cadet Executive Cadre interest emails due - 29 Sep 2023

  2. Interviews for Cadet Executive Cadre will take place the following week


Events timeline (tentative):
  1. Cadre Selection Exercise - 21 Oct 2023 (Nelson Chapel, Newport News, VA)

  2. Encampment Staff Training #1 - 10 Nov 2023 to 12 Nov 2023 (State Military Reserve Pendleton, Virginia Beach, VA)

  3. Encampment Staff Training #2 - Either 02 Dec 2023 to 03 Dec 2023 OR 09 Dec 2023 to 10 Dec 2023 (SMR Pendleton, Virginia Beach, VA - Dependent on facility availability)

  4. Encampment - 26 Dec 2023 to 01 Jan 2024


Projected Costs:

Students - $350

Cadet Cadre - $250

Senior Members - $50


Tips and Tricks

We asked the encampment cadre to share what they wish they would have known at their student encampment. Here's what they told us:

  • Bring cough drops!

  • Think small. Bring travel sized toiletries instead of full size. 

  • Blister pads are a must! 

  • Ask questions! You're at encampment to learn so take advantage of it. 

  • Major on the minors. It's the little things that matter at encampment. If you do well with the little and seemingly insignificant, you will also do well with the larger and more important.

  • Use common sense when interacting with your Cadre. They're here to help you but they aren't here to babysit you.

  • Bring pre-moistened towelettes to freshen up during the day.

  • Wear your boots before encampment to a) break them in and b) make sure they are the correct fit.

  • Start exercising for a few minutes each morning. 

  • Start hydrating now!  

  • Learn to use your diaphragm in advance. 

  • Make sure you know how to perform some basic tasks before Encampment like wearing the uniform and the basic drill movements. That way when you arrive at Encampment, you can help your fellow students out.

  • Start packing a few days before you leave and double check that you've got everything you need before you leave home. 

  • Remember that the staff isn't tough on you because you are a bad cadet. They want you to be the best that you can be and they expect a high standard. 

  • To save yourself time, learn drill well enough to pass up to the Achievement 3 drill test. 

  • Make sure you're always checking on your wingman. Know how to look out for them, and get them help from a staff member if needed. 

  • Make friends! It's incredibly likely that you will be seeing the cadet in your Encampment squadron again at other wing events. It's great to have old friends to reconnect with. 



Have a question that you were not able to find an answer to on this site? Contact us! We will continue to update this site as more details become available!

Most administration questions can be answered by emailing 

Leadership Contacts:

Encampment Commander, Maj. Charles Beeson -

Virginia Wing Director of Cadet Programs, 1st Lt. Robert Spurrier -  

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