Army JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge
This summer, 116 student cadets participated in the Army JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (Summer Camp) at Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA. This camp was held from June 26 – 30. Student cadets were from four Iowa JROTC programs, one Michigan program, and one Missouri program. They cadet led programs all arrived together and a few even shared living quarters. The majority of the cadets were dispersed among other camp platoons, companies, and units throughout the duration of their stay. They were challenged to step out of their comfort zone to meet and team up with cadets from other schools with different backgrounds, skills, and abilities.
The diverse curriculum for Summer Camp consists of a physical fitness test, leadership reaction course, rappelling on a 40-foot tower, construction of a one rope bridge, obstacle confidence course, land navigation, water survival training and team competitions. Although all of the previously mentioned training events were fun, the most dynamic educational experience for the student cadet is the leadership opportunities offered during this encampment. The typical daily routine for student cadets consists of a 5:30 a.m. wake up call, movement to breakfast approximately 6:30 a.m., with strength, confidence and leadership training beginning as early as 8 a.m., and continuing throughout the day.
The student cadets completed the leadership education and training objectives with exceptional performances: to develop leadership skills in a ‘hands on” military type environment, to experience living and interacting with cadets in a military setting, and participate in adventure training and have fun. Cadet/Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Reynolds and Cadet/Corporal Christopher Estes were nominated for Top Cadet. Cadet/Major Rebecca Vanvooren was selected as Davenport JROTC Top Cadet. Congratulations, Cadets!