The Maryland Center for Women in Computing is supporting the cybersecurity camps in 2019. Applications will open in January 2019

Cyber Defense Training Camp

During this seven day residential camp, rising 11th and 12th  grade boys and girls learn and apply their skills in intermediate networking, programming, hacking, and more while learning about the careers in cybersecurity and cybersecurity options at the University of Maryland. Learn more here.

Cyber Defense Training Camp


Program Overview


Cyber Defense Training Camp is a 7 day residential summer program for rising junior and senior high school students. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cybersecurity and gain practical skills through instruction by an experienced security professional. Students learn about career options in the field, take at least one field trip and hear from a variety of speakers to learn more about how to prepare to enter this exciting profession.  Additionally, students will be introduced to the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) honors program offered at the University of Maryland.

*Technical experience is recommended, including networking, Cisco Academy, and/or Java programming.

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To prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through interactive learning, skill building, and utilization of available resources.  Participants will be introduced to the cybersecurity programs available at the University of Maryland and they will be exposed to various topics and careers in the field of cybersecurity.

Program Dates and Times

  • Dates:  July 8-14, 2018
  • Time:    3:00pm, Sunday, July 8 – 12:00pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018

Program Details

Typical Camp Day

8:00-8:45am     Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm  Classroom Instruction*
12:15-1:15pm  Lunch
1:30-5:15pm    Classroom Instruction
5:30-6:30pm    Dinner
6:45-8:45pm    Cyber Defense Exercises
9:00-10:00pm  Evening Team Building Activity

*Field trips and guest speakers are scheduled during Classroom Instruction time blocks. 

The Curriculum

  • Operating Systems
  • System Administration
  • Networking
  • Programming

Additional Activities

  • Campus Tour
  • Field trip to the NSA Cryptologic Museum
  • Cyber Defense Exercises
  • Team Building Exercises
  • Guest Speakers

Please note that the schedule is subject to change as new opportunities arise.


The cost of the program is $1250. This fee covers housing in a UMD resident hall, all meals, transportation to field trips and recreational activities. Please do not include the fee at the time of application. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. This however does not cover transportation to and from the camps. We do not offer transportation to and from camps, and so all arrangements are to be made by campers and their families.

At this time we do not offer refunds for campers.


Program Application

Eligibility: Technical experience is recommended, including networking, Cisco Academy, and/or Java programming.

Required Documentation:
-Application form
- Unofficial Transcript

All applicants must upload in this form or send their most recent UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to Applications without corresponding transcripts will not be evaluated for the program. Transcripts must be sent within two weeks of the submitted application.

All participants must supply a name and email for one reference. This person should preferably be a teacher or instructor of a computing/cyber training or camp the student has attended. References will be contacted via email to complete a reference form. If you need to update or provide additional information about your reference, please email

Please title all emails as follows:
Applicants First and Last Name - Cyber Defense Application 2018.

Example: John Smith - Cyber Defense Application 2018

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2018 Summer Camp are now closed. Applications for next Summer will open in mid-January 2019.  


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Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Maryland Center for Women in Computing 
3145 A. V. Williams Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-7615