CHAPMANVILLE — Cadets from Chapmanville Regional High School’s ROTC program embarked upon a journey to Camp Dawson to represent their high school on June 14, 2014, at the Junior Camp Leadership Challenge. Over the course of the week the students received training in marksmanship, map reading and orienteering, knots and lashings, rappelling and building rope bridges. They also participated in obstacle courses and water survival classes. Each cadet successfully conducted two rappel’s down a 60 foot wall and then attempted a climb of 60 foot on a climbing wall, which two of the four cadets accomplished.
Cadets were required to utilize teamwork to construct a one rope bridge and then successfully cross a water obstacle. On the last day of training the cadets were challenged mentally and physically on the Field Leadership Reaction Course which placed each cadet in charge of a group of cadets expected to develop a plan of action to accomplish a mission.
The camp was attended by more than 300 cadets from three states and was specifically established to develop teamwork skills among the cadets.
“The four cadets that attended the camp from Chapmanville did extremely well earning numerous certificates and coins,” MAJ Richard Ojeda, ROTC instructor, said.
The four cadets attending the camp were Jacob Garza, Cheyann Canterbury, Robert Dingess and Dylan Brown.
“Due to the success of the four cadets that represented CRHS, these students will now serve as senior leadership for the following year and their photographs and stories will surely entice others to be a part of the program,” Ojeda said.
Ojeda said he, along with Staff Sergeant Lambert, were very proud of the cadets.
“They represented our school and county with pride and will show others what to expect next year when we return with even more cadets,” Ojeda said.
Camp Dawson is a West Virginia Army National Guard facility at Kingwood, Preston County.