Tuesday, July 9, 2013

JROTC Cadets return from 2013 Leadership Camp

JROTC student at camp
The final day of classes for students in the San Diego Unified School District may have officially ended on June 11, 2013; but for hundreds of JROTC students, their education extends beyond the regular school year. Two hundred JROTC students attended a one-week JROTC Leadership Camp in Cedar Glen, CA, June 21-27.

Cadets gained valuable outdoor experience in the Lake Arrowhead area, while participating in many physically challenging events. This fully-funded camp is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and designed to consolidate kids from various San Diego Unified high schools and combine them into five newly formed units. Student leaders will immediately face the challenges of supervising, bonding and motivating their new companies.

Throughout the week, students rotated through various educational sessions to include map/compass orientation, wildlife/habitat sciences, environmental safety awareness, and maintaining personal health and wellness in extreme conditions. However, it was definitely not an all work, but no play adventure. Cadets had plenty of time to participate in extracurricular activities which included horseback riding, archery, canoeing, rock-wall climbing, rappelling, and confidence courses.

Selection to participate was completed at respective high schools, as JROTC teachers identified cadets that had excelled throughout the year in academics, physical fitness and leadership potential. Most importantly, this outward-bound camp experience rewards students for their personal achievements and gives them an opportunity to build new friendships. The life lessons learned at the JROTC Leadership
Camp inspires cadets to step out of their comfort zone and accept new challenges with greater self-confidence and personal motivation.

For more information on JROTC in the San Diego Unified School District, visit the program's website.