Recently cadets from all three Logan County High Schools met up in the northern part of the state to attend the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp located at Camp Dawson to experience a taste of what life is like in the military.
Throughout the week, the cadets experienced wake up calls at 0445 hours followed with event after event to test their capabilities and courage. Events conducted by the cadets were marksmanship, land navigation, rappelling, rope bridge construction and water crossings, water survival, obstacle courses and rock climbing. Also while at camp, each cadet was given the opportunity to conduct rappels down 25 foot and 65 foot walls, scale a 65 foot rock wall and participate in a Leadership Reaction Course (LRC) that placed each cadet in charge of an obstacle that they would be required to use critical thinking to accomplish. Through the LRC Course, Logan cadets would really stand out with Cadet Dylan Brown being one to receive a Coin of Excellence for being a real standout amongst his peers.
The Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp not only places cadets in positions to step out of their comfort zones but it is also designed to show them how to act as a team. When one cadet is having troubles the cadre stands back and looks to see what cadet or cadets will step out and tries to help the struggling cadet to overcome their current situation. In many cases, for some of the cadets it was their first time away from their parents. For others it was the first time they have ever not had a cell phone, a TV, a computer or X-box to curls up next to in order to block out the world. At JCLC, the cadets were so busy going from event to event that they never had time to think about anything other than the training at hand.
“I could not be any prouder of the way our cadets and instructors conducted themselves this week at camp,” said Major (Retired) Richard Ojeda. “Our cadets were stand outs in so many ways from Joslyn Fairchild and Kaitlin Runyon looking like they were professional rappellers with years of experience to Austin Beavers immediately receiving one of the very first leadership position in the company for his maturity that was spotted by cadre from other schools immediately upon arrival to the camp.”
As far as the instructors go, Major Ojeda stated that First Sergeant Harvey, Sergeant First Class Gibson and Staff Sergeant Lambert are three of the most professional Non Commissioned Officers he has ever worked with and their dedication to these cadets is 100 percent on point!
This year 25 cadets from Logan County attended the camp. Next year the plans are to have the camp at the new Boy Scout Camp in Beckley.
“The rumors are that they are wanting more than double the cadets that we sent this year so hopefully next year we will have over 60 cadets from the schools in Logan to get the opportunity to experience what these few cadets got to experience this year.” Ojdeda said.
All four instructors across Logan are already looking forward to the next school year to see how far the JROTC program can continue to grow.
Cadets attending from Man High School were Cadets Joshua Vanover, Seth Osborne, Tanner Montgomery and Sarah Rose.
Cadets from Logan High School were Ashla Jeffers, Emily Bryant, Trevor Hensley, Shawn Blevins, Jordan Oney, Daniel Browning, Kenneth Browning, Nikolas McNeely, Nicholas Alves and Isaiah Beckett.
Cadets from Chapmanville Regional High School were Dylan Brown, Kaitlin Runyon, Joslyn Fairchild, Adrionna Hoosier, Madison Williamson, Austin Beavers, Austin Adams, Legend Carter, Patrick Scites and Kristian Leslie and Eric Morris.