Currently the program consist of forty-three camps, conducted at twenty-nine university campuses, in eighteen states. The government’s goal is to expand the program to two hundred camps in all fifty states by 2020. The camps consist of both day and overnight programs. The camps are offered at no charge to the children and their families, but are paid for at taxpayer expense.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) state that it is important to prepare and train the next generation of cyber warriors to fill the future needs of both the public and private sectors. However, the NSA has recently complained that it is having difficulty filling its own personnel quotas due to the fact that private companies are offering better pay and benefits.