Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth
ChalleNGe Youth Academy

They've Got What it Takes!

Are YOU Ready For Challenge?
Are YOU ready for CHALLENGE?





  Are you ready for ChalleNGe?

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Flyer For Parents
Flyer For Students

  Commonwealth Challenge-Barracks  
253 C Street
Camp Pendleton
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451-2576

Take Action Now -- Our next class begins Monday, October 5, 2015!

And make sure to attend one of our ORIENTATIONS or INFO Sessions.

If your teen will be 16 - 18 in October, then you owe it to yourself to download and review the application, and APPLY NOW! You may also request more specific information from our admissions staff. But, please remember, space for this FREE program is highly limited, so don't delay. GET STARTED TODAY!

DOWNLOAD our FREE Brochure!

Learn more about the national program* at the CBS Website.

*The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is one of 35 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program sites nationwide.
We are located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at Camp Pendleton.

Cadets on Channel 13 news

See our cadets in a 2015 news story
on local television:

Cadets with Governor

The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a 17-and-a-half month program, which includes a five-and-a-half month residential phase, followed by a 12-month post residential and mentoring phase. The residential phase is a structured, quasi-military style environment designed to promote academics, attention to detail, time management and leadership, while promoting self-esteem, confidence and pride. 

Cadets visit Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe
in Richmond

Cadet arrival

The ChalleNGe Youth Academy opened its doors in July of 1994.  Since then, 41 classes totaling more than 4,000 cadets have completed this rigorous program and have gone on to lead successful lives.

The Academy is located on Camp Pendleton, the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Getting settled in for Phase I
Director salute

The Virginia ChalleNGe Academy is funded through the Federal and State governments. 

There is no charge to the parent or guardian. 

Tuition, room and board, uniforms and books are provided. There is a minimal clothing requirement (underwear, shoes, personal items, etc.) that the candidate must bring with them when they report for class. 

A list of the items the candidate must bring with them on day 1 will be provided in advance. In addition, some strictly optional costs to the parent or guardian may include the class photo, class ring, yearbook, etc.

A salute from the Director

To find us:

Click on the MAP to Commonwealth Youth ChalleNGe Academy link
and allow the map to load.
1. For directions:
    Type in your address in the upper left hand corner
2. To see details of our street address:
    Please use the “zoom in” feature of the map in the lower right corner


Contact an admissions counselor today at 1-800-796-6472 ext. 231 or 235
Learn More About Who We Are!
Visit the links below for more information.
Learn more about us, including our history, location, program components and how we’re funded.
Cadets must successfully complete eight core components to graduate from the Academy. Find out what they are.
See how our program provides individualized instruction, covers five core academic subjects, and uses test and evaluations and computer labs to help each participant.
Find out what a normal weekday schedule is like, and about what cadets do on the weekends.
Have questions about the application paperwork, program costs, age requirements, school transfers, court issues, or mentors? We have answers.
Have questions, or need more information? Contact us!

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