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JROTC Summer Camp

Washingtonville High School JROTC cadets participated in a six-day summer training camp from Saturday, June 23rdthrough Thursday, June 28that the New York Military Academy (NYMA) in Cornwall-on the-Hudson. The 26 cadets from Washingtonville joined with over 250 other area cadets to participate in the training. Twelve JROTC units from New Jersey, New York City and local units from Newburgh, Minisink, Valley Central and Poughkeepsie also participated. To be eligible to attend the camp, each cadet had to have participated in their JROTC program for a minimum of one year. Upon arriving at camp, the cadets were integrated into one of three companies, with cadets assuming all leadership roles, from team leader to company commander. Command responsibilities were then rotated in order for all cadets to gain valuable leadership experience.

Major training events that were undertaken during the day included rappelling from a 40-footrock cliff, traversing a high ropes course, negotiating the West Point Leadership Reaction Course, Action Water Park (which included drown-proofing) and rafting on the Delaware River. Each evening cadets participated in such activities as land navigation, marksmanship, and science and technology training (which included the flying of drones). It was a busy, fun-filled and educational six days. Forty-five of the 250 cadets in attendance reported to camp a day earlier for additional leadership training and served as the primary leaders for the camp. Five of those cadets were from Washingtonville: Cadets Dylan Ryan, Jade Jones, Bradley Clardy, Maria DeRosas, and Jared Keene. All cadets reporting early were “returning campers” and had attended JROTC summer camp previously. Additionally, Cadets Jared Keene and Jade Jones attended a medical training class, allowing them to provide initial first aid until the on-site medic arrived for minor issues.

On the last evening of camp, the cadets engaged in various competitive events between the 3 companies, competing in such events as relay races, tug-of-war, jogging musical chairs, and capture the flag. Following the company competitions and medal presentations for the winning teams, all cadets enjoyed an “ice cream social” where they were able to meet and talk with fellow cadets from the many different schools.

Early on the final morning of camp, a physical fitness test was undertaken by the top cadets from each school. Representing Washingtonville were cadets Michael Carey and Angelica Tripodianos. Both did very well in the competition, with Angelica winning the Iron Woman Trophy. Following a final awards ceremony, in which many of the Washingtonville cadets earned Marksmanship Badges, aquatics and rappel ribbons, the cadets left for their home schools. Washingtonville cadets who earned special recognition at camp included Bradley Clardy, Michael Carey and Angelica Tripodianos. All cadets made many new friends and gained much self-confidence and learned to work well together as team members.

A special thanks goes out to Washingtonville chaperone Ms. Beth Carey, as well as several Washingtonville JROTC alumni: Samantha Carey, Scott Vitale, Andrew Vitale, ROTC Cadet Erica Carlderin and ROTC Cadet Jonathan Matsler, who assisted throughout camp.

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