Camp Shelby hosting annual JROTC challenge

Cadets from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are participating in the camp. (Photo source: WDAM)
Cadets from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are participating in the camp. (Photo source: WDAM)
More than 400 high school students from 60 schools in three states are taking part in an annual summer camp at Camp Shelby. (Photo source: WDAM)
More than 400 high school students from 60 schools in three states are taking part in an annual summer camp at Camp Shelby. (Photo source: WDAM)

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - More than 400 high school students from 60 schools in three states are taking part in an annual summer camp at Camp Shelby that builds confidence while emphasizing teamwork and leadership.

The JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge began last Sunday. Activities include canoeing and rappelling. The cadets are also learning land navigation and other useful skills.

"Our primary objective is to develop leadership in our cadets and our primary mode is to teach them to become better citizens," said Col. Robert A. Avery, public affairs officer for the camp.

It is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Cadets from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are participating in the camp.

"We're learning lessons like how to be a leader and how to build your confidence and keep up standards that will help you through life," said cadet Maj. Madison Gregg, a junior at Brandon High School.

"It's a lot of things I couldn't get anywhere else except from this particular summer camp," said cadet Sgt. Wayne Windham, Jr.,  a senior at West Harrison High School. "I'm really enjoying my time here."

The event wraps up Friday.