Youth Academy


The focus of the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy will be on leadership development through team exercises and individual achievement. The Academy will be mentally and physically demanding and will challenge all participants. The Academy is limited to a select number of participants throughout the state.

The 2024 Youth Academy will be July 26-July 28, 2024.  Space is limited so submit your application as soon as possible. Applications close Sunday, April 7.

Applications Open


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How Much Does It Cost?

Colorado State Patrol's Youth Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The Academy is made possible through partnerships with local community-minded businesses, organizations, and the Colorado State Patrol.

Academy Details

  • Requires a three-night stay at the CSP Academy in Golden (Staff and chaperones are present throughout the duration including overnight)
  • All meals are provided
  • A safety officer will be present and appropriate gear will be provided during all skills training
  • During tactical training, there will be a one-to-one ratio of instructor to participant 
  • A packing list will be sent to participants who are selected for the Academy

Training Includes

  • Team Building
  • Leadership
  • Military Bearing
  • Defensive Driving 
  • Dynamic Crime Scene Investigation
  • Self-Defense
  • Physical Training 
  • Firearm Safety and Training 
  • K9 Demonstration
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Scenario
  • Tour of the Capitol 
  • History and Job Opportunities with the Colorado State Patrol 

Applicant Requirements

  • Be 16 to 18 years old
  • Be a high school junior or senior or equivalent
  • Be a Colorado resident
  • Possess a valid Colorado Driver's License or Permit
  • Show proof of current medical insurance
  • Have a doctor certification of ability to participate 
  • Agree to a criminal and driver history check 
  • Present at least one letter of recommendation
  • Complete an application and interview

If you meet the above requirements, complete the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy Application. All required documentation is located within the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for the upcoming Youth Academy.


Not only was this experience challenging yet fun, but also one of the highlights of my summer. I learned many new and critical leadership skills that I will apply to all aspects of my life moving forward. Our instructors were authoritative, patient and invested in our success. I graduated with a newfound appreciation for everything that the entire Colorado State Patrol does for all communities across the state. I cannot recommend the Youth Academy enough, especially for those who believe they might have a calling for public service! Thank you, Colorado State Patrol, for this impactful opportunity.

Alexandra H., High School Junior



For more information contact the CSP Community Outreach Unit at csp_ya@state.co.us


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Youth Academy