rotc.jpgTEQUESTA — More than 400 Broward County Public Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from 29 high schools will participate in a week-long JROTC Summer Leadership Development Camp at Boy Scout Camp Tanah Keeta in Tequesta, in northern Palm Beach County June 14 to 20.

The cadets volunteer one week of their summer vacations to continue their development of academic excellence, leadership and citizenship skills.

Those skills will be combined with high adventure training designed to provide each cadet with challenging and practical experience in positive leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills at Camp Challenge, according to a school district statement.

“Camp Challenge is a major high adventure training exercise for our cadets,” said Colonel James Armstrong, director of JROTC.

He said it is an annual opportunity for cadets to interact with counterparts from other schools “in a relaxed camping environment.”

“The mission of the camp is to build leadership, self-confidence and personal character, and to motivate these young people to become better citizens and leaders,” Armstrong said.

During the seven-day, 24-hour, camp experience, the cadets will take on a variety of leadership roles to help them use and further develop organizational and team building skills.

The high adventure training and activities include rock climbing, rappelling, geography and land navigation, water survival (canoeing and swimming), low and high rope courses, safety and leadership reaction courses. That training is designed to increase their character, confidence and pride in themselves and their accomplishments.

“From the time they arrive at Camp Challenge, the cadets experience a full schedule of activities that complement and emphasize the Florida Sunshine State Standards, the JROTC curriculum and the mission of motivating young people to become better citizens,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Johnson, JROTC senior army instructor.

The camp will end with a graduation ceremony and parade during which cadets will receive team and individual awards and ribbons to wear on their JROTC uniforms, along with academic credit for successful camp completion.

For more information, call Col. Rex E. Thompson at 754-322-2150 or Col. James Armstrong at 754-321-1864.