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Cadets from Volunteer High School's Navy JROTC took the opportunity during the summer break to challenge themselves and develop their leadership skills for the upcoming school year. The Cadets attended the High Adventure Camp/Basic Leadership Training at Camp Buck Toms, BSA in Rockwood, TN from May 31 to June 6. Cadets from ten Navy JROTC units around the region spent the week learning about themselves and how to lead others.


The thirteen Cadets from Volunteer learned to deal with challenging situations such as white water rafting, climbing walls, rappelling, zip lining, and 60 foot tall obstacle courses. They also learned how to work together through team sports, academic challenges, Team Building Exercises, orienteering, marksmanship, and water sports. Many of the activities were completely unknown to the Cadets prior to attending but some were skills they developed during the school year.


The challenging routine began daily with 6 am wake-up followed by rigorous physical training by ability level. The Cadets went as a unit to morning and afternoon activities, followed by various challenges and team competitions in the evenings. The days ended at 10 pm. The long days, high level of activity, and friendly competition added to the challenges. The Cadets faced the daily challenges with excitement and positive attitudes, taking advantage of the opportunities of the camp. Cadet Commander Emily Rhoton, the Cadet Battalion Commander at Volunteer, served as the Camp Commander throughout the week.


At the end of the week, the Cadets achieved the following:


High Adventure Camp Commander - Emily Rhoton

1st Place Female PFT - Emily Rhoton

1st Place Female Push-up - Emily Rhoton

1st Place Female Curl-up - Emily Rhoton

1st Place Female Mile - Jillian Wolf

2nd Place Female Mile - Emily Rhoton

3rd Place Academic Test - Samantha Bennett

4th Place Team Shooting

5th Place Personnel Inspection

5th Place Team Sports

5th Place Team Academic


Cadets have all completed:

Academic Competition

Drill Competition

Athletic Competition

Basic Leadership Training (Mini Boot Camp)

Orienteering Competition

Marksmanship Competition

Brain Brawl


The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing cadets the opportunities that await upon completion of high school. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they choose to enlist.

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