Cadets Take Part in Leadership Training

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High School NJROTC cadets recently participated in an annual three-day basic leadership-training program at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp.  

The event, which was co-sponsored by the Riverhead and Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC units, provided an opportunity for the Riverhead cadets to train alongside other cadets from Eastern Long Island.  

During the training, 31 new cadets, under the leadership of Cadet Commanding Officer Michael Daniel, were introduced to precision drill, orienteering, academics and physical fitness in a stressful, military-style environment. In addition to the military orientation, the cadets enjoyed supervised wall-climbing, a high ropes course, hikes and a beach cleanup. They also relaxed on the final night with camaraderie and skits around the bonfire. Nine upperclassmen also attended and served as part of the training cadre. 

Of the weekend, freshman Jarad Chapman said, “It was probably the best school experience I’ve ever had.”

In the coming weeks, the cadets will meet in Bethel, Connecticut for a drill meet and participate in an orienteering championship in Pennsylvania in addition to taking part in school and community service events.