Young Star Wars Fans Join The Galactic Academy

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Posted April 20, 2015 by Wendy Wright in Disney
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Galactic Academy Cadets Wanted for Young Star Wars Fans

For the young Star Wars fans who haven’t reached their 18th birthday, the Galactic Academy is a great choice.

As a family that loves Star Wars, ever since my boys first heard about the Galactic Academy they wanted to join. Knowing they could be a part of a community of Star Wars fans at their age helped encourage them.

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At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim held this last weekend we had the privilege of volunteering at the Galactic Academy booth in the family room. Our mission was to recruit young Padawans and Cadets to join the Galactic Academy. The booth was busy the entire time we were there, signaling a great need for this community for young Star Wars fans.

Galactic Academy booth at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Membership in the Galactic Academy is reserved for children and is absolutely free to join. All you need is a costume.

The process of applying for membership is simple. Visit Galactic Academy and send them an email with the required information. Parents share as much or as little information as they like.

While this is not an approved costuming group by Lucasfilm and there are no structured events outside of Star Wars Celebration, this is a group fit perfectly for kids.

Thursday afternoon was the official costuming photo for Galactic Academy members, which is pictured above.

When a child is approved for membership, they receive a welcome email with a certificate to commemorate the event. They are assigned a number that follows them no matter which costume they choose. My oldest son, William, is both a Stormtrooper and a Jedi. His number is 1036. As Stormtrooper William he is CTK1036 and as a Jedi he is CJED1036. The letters indicate what his costume represents. My younger son, Alexander is Boba Fett as CBHB1037 and a Jedi as CJED1037.

The real fun begins when the kids decide to do costumes for both the Imperials and Rebels.

Galactic Academy Cadets

Popular Imperial Costumes for Kids

  • Stormtrooper
  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Jango Fett
  • Snowtrooper
  • Imperial Officer
  • Darth Maul
  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Clone Troopers

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Popular Rebel Costumes for Kids

  • Luke Skywalker
  • Princess Leia
  • Han Solo
  • Jedi
  • Yoda
  • Ahsoka Tano
  • Ben Kenobi
  • Chewbacca
  • Wookie
  • X-Wing Pilot
  • Ewok
  • Rebel Trooper
  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Clone Troopers

Children from ages birth to 17 are assigned into three groups by age.

For the Imperial Cadet Academy, the Shell-Shockers Company has the emblem of a Turtle in TK armor and is for ages zero to seven years old. Ages eight to 12 years old is the FireBrands Company with the emblem of the Krayt Dragon in TK armor. The final group is Howlers Company for ages 13 to 17 years old with the emblem of the Wolf in TK armor.

The Republic Cadet Academy is also broken into three different groups. For ages zero to seven years old the Rowdies Company have a mascot with a turtle in an X-Wing Pilot Uniform. For ages eight to 12 years old the Protectors Company have the emblem of Krayt Dragon in Smuggler Uniform. The last group is for ages 13 to 17 years old with the Paladins Company that has an emblem of a Wolf in Jedi Robes.

Once approved for membership, Galactic Academy members can order patches representing the company they are a member of based upon their age.

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The Galactic Academy is a fun way for young Star Wars fans to enjoy costuming. May the Force be with you.


About the Author

Wendy Wright

Head Geek at Plugged In Family often found at Comicon, Disneyland, or online increasing her gamer score on Xbox. As a member of the 501st Legion, Wendy spreads her love of Star Wars across the Galaxy in her Jawa costume volunteering for charities with her husband and two sons.

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