Eleven Cadets in the Rockcastle County High School JROTC Program attended Junior Cadet Leadership Camp from May 28 to June 1, 2016, at the Bluegrass Army Depot. This camp gave our cadets the chance to lead, face their fear of height and water, and work with other cadets from the following JROTC programs (Clark Range, East Ridge, Estill, Grant, Letcher, Mason, Paul G. Blazer, Pulaski, and Shelby Valley).
Camp was action packed from sunrise to sunset with our cadets involved in the following activities:
Day 1 – Moving into the barracks, rappel training, and a modified cadet challenge (pushups, setups, and one mile run).
Day 2 – Leadership Reaction Course and survival training at Fort Boonesborough – The Leadership Reaction Course was a test for cadets to demonstrate leadership skills by helping other cadets get through obstacles. At Fort Boonesborough cadets learned about the fort itself, how to make a fire from scratch, and how to purify water.
Day 3 – Water survival in the Bluegrass Army Depot Pool and Rafting on Lake Buck – Rockcastle Cadets swam in the pool, non-swimmers learned how to swim and others learned how to make a flotation device from clothing. They were bussed to Lake Buck in the afternoon to practice teamwork when rowing a boat.
Day 4 – High ropes course, repelling, and land navigation – The high ropes course was a structure 45 feet off the ground that cadets had to help each other through, and then either had to zip line or swing to leave the course. The rappelling was held at the Berea Fire Department rappelling site, where cadets had to repel off of a 45-foot-tall building. The day ended by learning Land Navigation using a compass.
Day 5 – Barracks cleaning and the Battalion Award Ceremony.
Camp organizers presented specific awards for best barracks, leadership, Land Navigation, Raider Challenge, the Silver Musket, and a streamer for each schools flag for JCLC 2016. Bravo Company, Rockcastle’s company, won the Best Barracks Award. Austin Allen, Clare Beichler, Amber Doan, Paige Fowler, Dakota Frederick, Brody Johnston, William Lamb, Zachary Nelson, Sebastian Poynter, Benjamin Tyler, and Robert Vaught excelled at every activity receiving their Silver Musket. Sebastian Poynter and Elijah Vaught were awarded, along with the rest of their squad, medallions for the best time at the Raider Challenge Event in Bravo Company. Clare Beichler received the Overall Company Leadership Award and Battalion First Runner Up Leadership Award.