JROTC cadets overcome challenges at GMC leadership camps

Cadets overcome challenges at leadership camp

School is out, but the learning is just getting started at the Junior Cadet Leadership Camp hosted by GMC.

JROTC groups from 15 schools have gathered in Milledgeville to challenge themselves through teamwork and conquering obstacles.

We caught up with the group as they tackled Georgia College's high ropes course. A few of the cadets told us what they learned from the experience.

"Cadets basically come here to learn how to work better as a team," says Crawford County High School junior Arianna Hucheson.

"Leadership and taking charge," adds Nyla Leggett, a sophomore at Turner County High School.

"Figure stuff out, think outside the box," says Hucheson. "Learn how to deal with problems."

But before the cadets could climb, they had to learn how to safely spot their comrades.

"Everything has to go by protocol," says Hucheson. "You can't just jump into a situation, you have to go step-by-step to make sure that, you know, although we have fun, that we also stay safe at the same time."

The tower intimidated some of the cadets.

"I got scared," Leggett smiles. "Not when I saw it, but when I got on it. Yeah, I was."

"I didn't think it was going to be that hard when I got up there," says Hucheson. "I noticed that the logs like turn around and shift and I was like, 'Oh, my goodness.' But, you know, adrenaline got pumping. But once I got up there, I was like, 'Alright, I got this,' and it was good from then."

Both are glad they got outside their comfort zone for the experience.

"I tried a lot of new things and I learned how to be a leader here," says Leggett.

"Honestly, even if you're not going into the military, I would still suggest to come here because this helps you deal with life problems," says Hucheson. "All the way around, it's got you covered."

Both girls hope to serve in the military after graduation.

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