UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO -- From the 25th to the 29th of June, over 130 cadets from Army and Marine Corps JROTC schools attended our annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (JCLC), which was combined with our STEM camp for the first time! Another change from previous years was that this program was not held at Camp Mataguay, but the local University of California San Diego. This allowed students to be introduced to the college setting and the STEM programs offered at UCSD, while at the same time teaching them core leadership values.
Cadets were divided into 6 companies: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, and Foxtrot. In these companies, cadets participated in events together, ate at the same tables, and slept in the same dorms. This created a solid foundation for everyone to bond and make life-long friendships over the course of the week!
SAVE A LIFE
CPR Training and Certification from the American Heart Association was one of the many daily events hosted this year. Each cadet underwent official training given by four of our Army Instructors. They learned how to perform CPR on both an adult and an infant, and pushed through to pass the final exam to become CPR certified. Now there are officially 138 San Diego citizens who are better prepared to save the life of someone who is a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
SCRIPPS INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY
We had the pleasure to learn about various marine microorganisms at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO). One of the highlights at SIO was going to Scripps Beach where cadets collected their own specimens and enjoyed the cool water and breeze. Later, they observed their findings through microscopes and identified their phylums, a level of taxonomy. We hope that this sparked an interest in the field of Marine Biology, and inspired cadets to pursue careers relating to this pathway.
WE ROCKED IT
Cadets had the opportunity to climb in the UCSD Outback Climbing Center and compete in a Rock Climbing Olympics against each other! Competitive events included synchronized climbing, knot tying, timed climbs, and challenge paths. These pushed Cadets to think quickly and work together as a team, valuable lessons they’ll use in the future as upcoming leaders and team members.
It’s not every day you get to code and fly a drone, but with the help of UCSD Extension, our Cadets received the experience to do so. They learned the ropes for Blockly, a coding application that allowed them to control the drones and create automatic commands. Finally, they put their knowledge and skills to the test by attempting to successfully land their aircraft on a platform.
BOB THE BUILDER(S)
Cadets learned about how structural engineering and material science impacts their life. They applied their newfound knowledge in a friendly competition to make the cheapest and most efficient structures. This class exposed cadets to the world of engineering and allowed them to experience a small portion of it, possibly inspiring certain individuals to pursue this educational path.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
All Cadets had the special opportunity to drill with a Marine Drill Instructor at MCRD this week. They picked up drill tips and tricks, as well as touring the MCRD Museum, where they gained knowledge on the history of the branch. Bravo Company also had the honor to witness a Marine Corps Graduation Ceremony in the morning, where over 200 Marines officially finished boot camp.
HANGING IN THERE
As cadets began making connections with their fellow peers, they were thrown into team building games that tested their abilities to come up with quick solutions and work together. Some low course challenges included collecting as many stuffed animals as possible, balancing on a tilting platform, and transporting a golf ball a long distance without dropping it. Next they used their new leadership skills on the high course, where they had to cross lines of wires and logs while following the rules set out by the instructors. By placing cadets in stressful situations like this, it forced them to use clear communication, use problem solving skills, and learn to face their fears, all lessons which these individuals can now take home and to their schools.
On Saturday the 29th, all 138 cadets received a certificate of completion for attending JCLC/STEM Camp, as well as their official certificate that indicated that they went through and successfully completed their CPR training. Special recognition also went out to teams who flew their drones the fastest, cadets who demonstrated the most motivation in their companies, and the most motivated company overall. Congratulations to Charlie Company for continuously showing their pride and spirit during formations and at events! Lastly, the JROTC Program Manager Colonel (Ret) Swann thanked the UCSD Instructors who spent this eventful week making sure cadets were safe, having fun, and learning something new.