Military children participate in the 24th Kid's Annual Training

Military children participate in the 24th Kid's Annual Training

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Military children from across Mississippi are participating in the 24th Kid's Annual Training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

The week-long summer camp is designed to educate children about military service.

More than a hundred children are learning about marching, drill, ceremonies and individual/team discipline.

"It's really cool to come out and have the experience of what my dad does every day," 12-year-old Lindsey Honeictt said.

Eleven-year-old Spencer LaBauve said, "Lots of people should try it, and it's the most fun I've had all summer."

Campers experience a daily routine that shadows what their military parents experience while serving in the Mississippi National Guard.

"Ensuring that our children have an opportunity to just thrive," said LTC Deidre Smith, director of Outreach Services for the Mississippi National Guard. "It's a vital source for resiliency, it keeps our soldiers strong, keeps our families strong and it keeps our mission first and our families always."

Along with several other activities, the campers get the chance to participate in simulated hostage scenarios.

"The CACTF is our Combined Arms Collective Training Facility here at Camp Shelby, which is a national resource to ensure that service men and women have an opportunity to train and be ready for whatever mission comes their way," Smith said.

Electronics Technician Anthony Key said, "We record whatever the missions are going on and we'll be able to follow them step by step to see what they're doing."

Campers also get the chance to see an air show, police dog demonstration and a tank demonstration.