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Junior ROTC Cadets practice leadership skills

6/13/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Almost 40 students ages 14-18 in the Junior ROTC program through Green High School got to put what they have learned throughout the year into practice at Camp Reliance June 3-7 at Boettler Park.

According to Junior ROTC Capt. David Wellhouse, the five-day camping session gave students the opportunity to apply leadership skills they have learned and tested their ability to follow orders.

Wellhouse said the cadets practiced skills on a rock-climbing wall, crossed a rope bridge over a stream and did other physical activities.

Pictured above behind the campfire in the foreground is a group of cadets moving out for a work detail.

Cadets in Camp Reliance had to set up their own tents for their stay in the park. Shown below, from left, are 15-year-old Junior ROTC cadets Timmy Magill and Tyler Solomon constructing a shelter.

Pictured at right is Junior ROTC cadet Gabrielle Proper, 15, laying a ground cover in her shelter.

Wellhouse said everyone in Camp Reliance graduated with a certificate, earned various ribbons to wear on their uniforms and got promotions.

“There were some cool mornings and some rain, but we were accident-free and everyone did well,” he added. “This camp was an elective and well-attended. Kids look at it as an end-of-the-year ritual to test their mettle.”

Students interested in joining the Junior ROTC can contact Wellhouse through the high school at 330-896-7575. The group’s next meeting will be in August.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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