Camp Shelby hosting annual Junior ROTC Leadership Camp

Camp Shelby hosting annual Junior ROTC Leadership Camp

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - More than 400 Junior ROTC cadets from dozens of high schools in Mississippi and Louisiana are at Camp Shelby getting some intensive hands-on training in leadership and teamwork.

Friday was the first of a four-day Junior ROTC Leadership Camp at the post.

Cadets in grades 9-12 are learning valuable team and individual skills, while having some fun, too. Among their activities are rappelling and canoeing. They're also learning how to properly transport medical patients in the field.

"It's very exciting, " said Keith Bivens, a senior cadet at Hattiesburg High School. "I was looking forward to coming here and I'm very pleased by what we have learned," he said.

"I enjoy being with other people and having fun," said Keeley Jarrell, a cadet from Terry High School. "Most of my whole family has been in the Army," she said.

"Our primary objective is to teach these young people and motivate them to become better citizens," said retired Army Col. Robert Avery, one of the many retired military members who are working with the cadets at the camp. "It's not about the military, but if they're encouraged and they see what the military is doing for the country and they're interested in the military, by all means, we'll assist those young folks," he said.

The camp wraps up on Monday.