Turn up the cyber this summer with Davenport's GenCyber Forensic Technology Investigator Camp

Grab your friends and spend five days learning the fundamentals of cybersecurity while experiencing campus life at Davenport. During this FREE camp experience, you will learn about valuable cybersecurity topics from university professors through interactive, activity-based lab exercises; discussions; and group experiences. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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Who: Students entering 9th to 12th grade. No prior cybersecurity knowledge required. All skill levels are welcome.

When: June 20-24, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*

For questions related to the student GenCyber Camp, please email gencyber@davenport.edu.


Choose from three convenient options for students to participate

Option 1: Residential Camp

  • Davenport's W.A. Lettinga Campus (Grand Rapids)
    • Participants will stay in Davenport’s state-of-the-art residence halls and experience all that campus has to offer. Evening activities and games will be hosted by camp chaperones.

Option 2: Commuter Camps from three convenient locations

  • Davenport's W.A. Lettinga Campus (Grand Rapids)
    • Commuter students may stay for evening activities.
  • Davenport's Lansing Campus
  • Davenport's Warren Campus

Option 3: Virtual Camp

  • Students may participate remotely from the comfort of their own home.

Application requirements

  • Residential Camp: Students applying for the Residential Camp are required to submit a brief statement of interest AND a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Teachers are encouraged to participate in camp alongside their students.
  • Commuter/Virtual Camps: Students applying for the Commuter or Virtual Camps are required to submit a brief statement of interest OR a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Teachers are encouraged to participate in camp alongside their students.

Application process

Applications will be reviewed weekly and responses will be emailed the following week. Responses will be sent to the email address provided in the 'billing section' of the application. The application deadline is April 14, 2023. 

  • Step 1: Click the 'Apply Now' button and complete the application.
  • Step 2: Email your statement of interest and/or your teacher's letter of recommendation to gencyber@davenport.edu

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  • Transportation assistance will be provided, if needed, for residential camp participants. A one-month bus pass will be provided for camp participants attending the Lansing and Warren Commuter Camps.


  • Residential Camp: Participants will receive breakfast Wednesday through Saturday, plus morning, afternoon and evening snacks. Lunch and dinner will be provided Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Commuter Camps: Participants will receive morning and afternoon snacks and lunch. For students who stay for evening activities after the Grand Rapids (Lettinga Campus) Commuter Camp, dinner will also be provided.

Pre-camp activities (required)

Students will be required to participate in several pre-camp activities. These will be held virtually and many will be recorded for convenience.

April 26 Orientation & pre-test
May 3 Cybersecurity lab (game)
May 10 Security concepts
May 17 Python programming
May 24 Current events, Discussion I
May 31 Cybersecurity speaker
June 7 Current events, Discussion II
June 14 Cybersecurity ethics case study


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* Class schedule is subject to change. Space is limited to 30 students for the Grand Rapids (Lettinga Campus) Residential/Commuter Camp, 20 students for the Virtual Camp, 25 students for the Lansing Commuter Camp and 25 students for the Warren Commuter Camp. Camp hosts, assistants and chaperones will be K-12 teachers from Michigan school districts who have undergone a background check.

This GenCyber Camp is funded by grant H98230-22-1-0160 from the Department of Defense National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Security Agency.