APS cadets get “army strong” at JROTC summer challenge

About 140 APS JROTC cadets are attending the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Fort Benning.
About 140 APS JROTC cadets are attending the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) at Fort Benning.

This week, over 100 Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from 10 APS schools are doing more before six a.m. than their peers are doing all day.

The 2013 JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Benning, held  near Columbus, GA at the Fort Benning army base, will give JROTC cadets from schools around the country — including  B.E.S.T. Academy, Carver, Douglass, Grady, Jackson, Mays, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington high schools — an opportunity to test the limits of their endurance, stamina and leadership capabilities during a six-day camp adventure.

As a hands-on military summer camp, the JCLC allows cadets practice leadership and citizenship-building exercises and develop military skills in a military environment.  And since Fort Benning is providing the training facilities and equipment, the teenage trainees live and interact with their peers in an authentic military setting.

The JCLC is a hands on military camp adventure that introduces cadets to life in a military environment.
The JCLC is a hands on military camp adventure that introduces cadets to life in a military environment.

The JCLC attendees rise at dawn every day to prepare for daily routines designed to increase everyone’s strength, confidence and leadership abilities. But the objective is not to have cadets leave the adventure camp physically drained and mentally whipped, camp coordinators say they want attendees to have fun, so the training includes land navigation, water survival training, an obstacle course, rappel and confidence course and a 34-foot airborne jump tower.

Join APS Media Production Manager Scott King as he documents his journey to the trenches with the cadets, enduring high temperatures and torrential rains. King is capturing the experience through video and photos.

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