Camp Shelby Junior ROTC program teaches leadership, team building

Camp Shelby Junior ROTC program teaches leadership, team building
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Over 400 junior cadets from all across the state are completing their JROTC leadership program at Camp Shelby this week.

During the week, the cadets learned all about discipline and how to work as a team.

The cadets were placed in five different groups during the camp and learned different types of group chants to build camaraderie.

"Every company kind of comes up with a chant that they do to motivate ourselves and say we are who we are," adet Jacob Sprosty from Ocean Springs said.

One junior cadet named Jonathan Pearson from Pelahatchie said this week's program has helped him gain leadership skills.

"Usually I'm the quiet one, and I'm not quiet here," Pearson said.

Throughout the week, the cadets were pushed out of their comfort zones by participating in different activities like rappelling off a 40-foot building and competing in canoe races.

Pearson said these activities will help him prepare him for joining the U.S. Army in the future.

"I've been looking into going into the military, into the U.S Army," Pearson said.

All of these activities are meant to inspire and help teens who want to become future soldiers in the Army.

"By all means, we are going to do whatever we need to assist them, whether it be Army, Navy, Marine Corps or the Air Force," Camp Shelby Col. Robert Avery said.

This week, the junior cadets got to experience s day in the life of a soldier and were given pins after they completed each challenge.

"Most of us were pushed out of our comfort zones because we had to get down, dirty, muddy and had to stay in those clothes for a long time," Cadet Riley Powell from Petal said.

But overall, the camp was meant to help them build confidence and increase their leadership skills.

The last day of camp is Tuesday