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Georgia Military College host JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp Inspiring hundreds of cadets across Georgia

Georgia Military College host JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp Inspiring hundreds of cadets across Georgia

Georgia Military College (GMC) marked the successful completion of its three-week-long JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) camp, which brought together nearly 700 Army and Air Force cadets from more than 50 high schools across Georgia. Each week-long camp offered cadets an immersive experience and a unique opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through the exceptional facilities provided by GMC.

The JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge camp, held annually, aims to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders. This year’s event witnessed an unprecedented turnout, showcasing the enthusiasm and dedication of JROTC cadets from schools across the state. Throughout each camp, these students actively engaged in various challenging activities, fostering teamwork, critical thinking, personal growth and leadership development.

One of the highlights of the camp was the utilization of GMC’s outstanding facilities, which provided an ideal environment for leadership development. The Leadership Reaction Course, an interactive obstacle course designed to test problem-solving and decision-making skills, challenged cadets to think on their feet and overcome obstacles. The GMC Lake Lot allowed them to practice water-based activities, including drown proofing, problem solving and canoeing instilling confidence and resilience. The rappel tower offered an exhilarating opportunity for cadets to conquer their fears and demonstrate their courage as they rappel down the – foot rappel tower. Furthermore, the Baugh Barracks and the Bulldog Cafe served as the central hub for student accommodations and dining, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience throughout the camp.

GMC’s senior leadership played an integral role in engaging with the students, further emphasizing the unique opportunities GMC can provide as they pursue higher education. These interactions allowed the JROTC cadets to gain valuable insights into the college experience, the benefits of military education, and the wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities available at GMC. The senior leadership’s presence served as a source of inspiration for the cadets, demonstrating the tangible rewards of dedication, discipline, and hard work. At the conclusion of each camp, a graduation ceremony was held where all rising seniors and top performing cadets were awarded with collegiate scholarship opportunities to be a part of GMC’s U.S. Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program (ECP) or GMC’s State Service Scholarship Program after their high school graduation.

“Georgia Military College is honored to have hosted the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge camp and to have witnessed the exceptional talent and potential displayed by these young leaders,” said Major Benjamin Carrick, Georgia Military College Operations Officer. “We are committed to nurturing their growth, empowering them with the necessary skills to succeed, and showcasing the opportunities that await them at GMC. We believe that this camp has provided invaluable experiences and memories that will shape their futures.”

As the JCLC camp concluded, GMC stands proud of its commitment to foster leadership and excellence among the youth of Georgia. The college remains dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities, empowering students to reach their full potential, and shaping them into future leaders who will positively impact their communities.

Participating schools included:

Week 1

Central Macon High School

Crawford County High School

Crisp County High School

Dodge County High School

Dooly County High School

Georgia Military College Prep School

Irwin County High School

Jones County High School

Mary Persons High School

Mitchell County High School

Northeast Macon High School

Worth County High School

Putnam County High School

Sumter County High School

Taylor County High School

Thomas County Central High School

Turner County High School

Wilcox County High School

Week 2

Adairsville High School

Alexander High School

Cass High School

Campbell High School

Cartersville High School

Dalton High School

Douglas County High School

Gordon Central High School

Haralson County High School

Hiram High School

Lafayette High School

Lakeview-Fort Olgelthorpe High School

North Paulding High School

Osborne High School

Paulding County High School

Pebblebrook High School

Ringgold High School

Sonaraville High School

South Cobb High School

South Paulding High School

Week 3

Etowah High School

Houston County High School

Lowndes High School

Monroe High School

New Hampstead High School

Northgate High School

Sandy Creek High School

Sequoyah High School

Troup County High School

Twiggs County High School

Veterans High School

Warner Robins High School

Westside High School

For more information about JCLC camp at Georgia Military College contact the Corps of Cadets Commandants Office at 478-387-4900.