Cybercamps 2017

(updated Jan. 18, 2017)


Whatcom Community College (WCC) will once again be offering its popular cybercamps for high school students who want to explore cybersecurity, a rapidly growing, high demand field in the U.S. and worldwide. Participants will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals help protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction.


This summer!

Camp 1: July 10-14, 2017
Camp 2: July 31 - Aug. 4, 2017

9:30 am - 3:30 pm daily

*To be eligible, students must be in high school as of fall 2017; priority given to students who will be in their junior or senior year.

Why attend?

  • Learn about exciting career and educational opportunities in cybersecurity.
  • Meet with business and industry leaders in the technology field.
  • Jumpstart your education and your career! Students who successfully complete the 5-day cybercamp may be eligible to apply for credit for CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer Security, a 3-credit core course in WCC's computer information systems program. A small transcript fee applies.


Submit your complete application and supporting documents by no later than June 2, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so apply early. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

What is the cost?

The application is free; however, there is a $50 registration fee for students accepted into the program. Scholarships may be available to offset the fee for students on Free or Reduced Lunch programs.




GenCyber logoGenCyber day camps 2016

 Whatcom Community College offered three GenCyber day camps in 2016; two for high school students (July 25-30 and Aug. 1-6) and one also for middle school students (July 25-30).

These non-residential day camps were offered at no cost to participants. Funding was provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The GenCyber 2016 camp outline identifies key topics and activities that were covered each day.

College credit

High school students who successfully attended and participated in all six camp sessions were eligible to apply for three (3) college credits in CIS 110 – Introduction to Computer Security. This option was made available beyond the standard NSA and NSF guidelines for GenCyber camps. A $40 transcript processing fee applied for those who pursued this option. It was not a requirement for those who simply wanted to enjoy and participate in the camp.

This option was not available for middle school camp participants.

WTA bus passes

Whatcom Community College had a limited number of Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus passes available at no charge for GenCyber participating students who were on Free or Reduced Lunch programs at their schools and were in need of assistance with local (within WTA’s service area) transportation to and from the daily camp sessions.

National Security Agency logo      National Science Foundation logo


Cybersecurity camp 2015

The fall 2015 cybersecurity camp provided the nine participating students (representing four different high schools) an opportunity to explore education and career pathways in this high demand field. Through their successful completion of the camp, they were also eligible to apply for three college credits in CIS 110 – Introduction to Computer Security.

The camp culminated with participation in round 1 of the CyberPatriot competition – a nationwide competition that was conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, or mathematics disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

Whatcom registered two CyberPatriot high school teams made of the camp’s participants. All members of both teams opted to continue participating in the competition for as long as they qualified for subsequent rounds. Following the opening rounds, both of Whatcom’s teams placed in the gold (middle) tier for the state round. One of those teams placed third in the state round and progressed onto the regional round (in which they placed 20th among the 32 teams from California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington competing in the West region gold tier); the other team placed a very strong fourth in the state round, but unfortunately missed the cut for the regional round.

The College is extremely pleased with how well the students performed throughout the camp and the competition.


Cybercamps 2012-14

From 2012-14, Whatcom Community College offered an annual cybercamp for local high school students. The camps were funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant the College received. Below is information about how other institutions can host their own cybersecurity camps. 

This site contains the materials used to create a high school cybersecurity camp. Currently we have posted the lab manual and one day competition materials. These materials were developed through funding from the National Science Foundation.

For information about this project, please contact Corrinne Sande at Whatcom Community College (

Past cybercamp materials