Group of cadets walking together outside.

Clubs & Activities


The Marching Band and Pipe and Drum Corps are the two elements that form Band Company, one of the primary Companies which makes up Hargrave’s Corps of Cadets. Our marching units have a long-standing tradition of excellence representing Hargrave, and any Cadet is welcome to participate.

Members of the Band Company serve a critical role by providing musical support for military-style parades, ceremonies, sporting events, and special functions at the Academy. This musical support helps inspire esprit de corps among the Cadets and honor our alumni and our U.S. servicemen and servicewomen. Additionally, our ensembles serve as a dynamic element in regional community events.

Campus Organizations


Hargrave has maintained a long, proud tradition with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Hargrave faculty and staff regularly assist Scouts in earning their Eagle Scout Award, BSA’s highest award. Cadet Eagle Scouts are presented the award in front of their peers during Hargrave’s major parades. Hargrave’s Troop 68 is a member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council and participates in Council events and other outdoor activities off-campus. Scouts registered with a hometown troop can dual enroll with Troop 68 and their local troop.


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA}, an organization of Christians in athletics, provides a time of sharing and Bible Study to our athletes. The Fellowship supports good sportsmanship, fair gamesmanship, and good competitive values. Since 1954, the FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes at every level to use the medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ.


Beta Club is an organization for 9th through 12th grade students. Its purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.”


Hargrave Cadets participate in the USA Swimming club Chatham Gators. The Chatham Gators Swim Club trains for and competes in USA Swimming competitions. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting, training, and sending athletes to represent our country at major international competitions, including the Olympic Games. Cadets who join the Chatham Gators can regularly participate in swim competitions as part of the club, with many events held at the Onishi Davenport Aquatics Center here on campus, and have full access to the Academy’s weight training facility.

Campus Clubs

In addition to well-established campus organizations, clubs provide smaller groups of Cadets the opportunity to engage with faculty and peers in their favorite hobbies and activities. Recent offerings include Jiu-Jitsu, Chess, Fencing, Board Games, Airsoft, and Spanish clubs, with new opportunities popping up regularly based on Cadet interests.