The physical challenges and the friendships formed were among the highlights of JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp.
Thirteen DHS cadets were accompanied by retired Col. Teresa Townsend and retired Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Petty to the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp held at the Alabama 4H Center in Columbiana June 11 through 14.
The cadets were trained in land navigation and map reading; environmental science and math; problem solving techniques; applied leadership; First Aid, CPR and drown proofing; physical fitness; supply procedures and counseling techniques.
The summer camp was a first for the Daleville cadets because last year’s camp was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Townsend. Attending from DHS were Christian McKeithen, Gabrielle Scott, Damon Jarrett, Rashad Smith, Hunter Tucker, Justin Pantone, Damon Jarrett, Jonathan Lett, Cheyenne Monk, Ma’kiyah Galloway, Emily Scott, Xyla Tucker and Johnny Robles.
DHS cadets chosen to serve in leadership positions during the summer leadership camp were Hunter Tucker, who served as battalion commander, and Jonathan Lett, who served as company first sergeant.
DHS JROTC Cadet Ma’kiyah Galloway was named “Cadet of the Day” on the first evening of camp.
“One of the best things about the camp was the challenges,” Galloway said. “They were difficult but what made it a good experience was the people I was with.”
Monk agreed. “Forming friendships with people I wouldn’t have ever met before was a highlight,” she said. “It was a lot of fun getting to know everybody.”
“We had a great time because of the activities we participated in and the people we were with,” said Robles, who was grouped with students that he did not know prior to the camp. “All the activities were productive and we learned a lot.”
“Being put into a position that I never at any point in my life had any intention of being in,” was the highlight for Hunter Tucker. “During the second day, I was made battalion commander and it was really different for me, out of my comfort zone,” he said. “Getting to interact with people from other schools was interesting. It was amazing to be able to work though challenges as a group.”
“Definitely, I’d love to go back,” said Pantone. “I really loved the food, you got to do so many activities that I haven’t done before and you get put in positions that you never thought you’d be put in. For instance, I took charge of my company and led it during the drill challenge. We did pretty good despite the fact that I’d never led a company.”
The bonding and friendships that developed was what Gabrielle Scott said was a highlight of the camp for her. “The best thing for me, even though we didn’t do that well in the drill competition, was that it was something we all could still laugh about. The bond that we had even though we failed.”
“The activities were the best,” said McKeithen. “And the people we got to meet were the best too.
Lett was chosen Blue Team Squad Leader. “That was a new experience because before that I didn’t know how to lead,” he said. “I learned leadership and responsibility.”
The great food and the giant swing were Xyla Tucker’s favorite part’s of the experience.
“I would definitely go back,” said Emily Scott. “I’d say that it helped me develop as a person.”