JROTC Leadership Camp 2017

JROTC Leadership Camp 2017
Posted on 07/06/2017
Emily Nichols

Thirteen hard charging and motivated Marlboro County High School (MCHS) JROTC Bulldog Battalion cadets attended the first cycle of the Fort Jackson JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge event of Camp Carolina from June 4 – 10 2017.   The purpose of the camp was to build character and self-esteem while motivating the cadets as they were evaluated in various leadership positions.   The cadets earned a new appreciation for teamwork and commitment; for without both, success could not have been achieved at camp.  JROTC summer camp is the culmination of the previous school years training in the areas of leadership, management skills, discipline, endurance, and building unit cohesiveness as part of a team.  The thirteen JROTC cadets attending the Fort Jackson camp,  were as follows:  Cadet Corporal Chase Parrish, Cadet Corporal Andrew Caraway, Cadet Sergeant Justus Haigh, Cadet Sergeant First Class Payton Herndon, Cadet Major Rakwon Sellers, Cadet Corporal Daniel Vogt, Cadet Corporal Jonathan Sessoms, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Phillip Locklear, Cadet Corporal Na’Precious Thomas, Cadet First Lieutenant Emily Nichols, Cadet Sergeant Grace Westmoreland, Cadet Master Sergeant Heather Hodge, and Cadet Captain Jeffrey Swann.   The participating cadets competed with over 200 cadets from School Year 2016 - 2017 to be selected for the thirteen positions allocated to Marlboro County High School JROTC Department from Fourth Brigade, United States Cadet Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The cadets at Camp Carolina accomplished eleven specific training events.  The camp boasted a cadet population of 797 cadets representing over 62 schools from South Carolina.  The training events for the week were as follows: negotiating a  low and a high ropes confidence course requiring both individual and team building skills building self-confidence from drown proofing/water survival instruction in conjunction with canoe water safety, a Leadership Team Development Course, the grueling Confidence Course, a Fit to Win course which measured stamina and endurance of each cadet, Military Stakes, marksmanship course,  retreat ceremonies, inductive and deductive reasoning through a STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology) instruction, and last but not least learning how to rappel from the 40 foot "Rappelling Tower".  All thirteen cadets successfully negotiated the rappelling tower.    Rappelling is an excellent method of building self-confidence and learning how to face your fears straight on in order to overcome them.  It is the building of self-confidence, self-esteem, and motivational growth, which reflects directly on how this experience is conducive for pregnancy prevention, dropout prevention, and overall character education.

Cadet Sergeant Justis Haigh achieved 27 out of thirty hits on the marksmanship course thus winning an achievement award, Cadet Sergeant Grace Westmoreland won the Delta Companies’ Iron Woman competition, and Cadet First Lieutenant Emily Nichols ranked in the top 5% of the cadet at camp achieving the status of Honor Cadet!

C/Corporal Na’Precious Thomas stated “Camp was wonderful, I loved it!”

C/MAJ Rakwon Sellers stated “At camp you come into contact with so many other cadets from other schools which you create a long lasting friendship!” 

C/CSM Phillip Locklear stated At camp you are put through many obstacles that test your mind, physical fitness and your ability to overcome all fears!”

C/SGT Grace Westmoreland stated “It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do yet in live, yet I had more fun doing it simply because I had people to get me through it!”

Fort Jackson’s Leadership Camp conducted a Military Stakes to test the cadet’s knowledge of basic military subjects.  The five stations consisted of questions on the following areas: JROTC military rank, Army Values, basic first aid in identifying the four steps to prevent heat injuries, 15 count manual of arms, leadership, and knowledge on the application of the character principles of the Cadet Creed.  Military Stakes competition is used not only as a review of basic JROTC knowledge, but to see who has retained and studied what they learned during their freshman year of JROTC. An Organizational Day was conducted on the sixth day of camp.  Cadets participated in both individual and unit competition in various sporting events. 

Upon their return to Marlboro County High School on Saturday 10 June 2017, it will be the responsibility of these thirteen highly trained and motivated cadets to assist in training the newly assigned freshmen LET I cadets this fall.  The battalion’s cadre, SFC Rivers and LTC Blum are extremely proud of each and every cadet that attended leadership camp this summer!