Hello I am Tristan Capes. I am an 18 year old from Asheville, NC. I’ve done FLC once before and have done a cadet leadership camp (ctc) four times before. The most valuable lesson I learned today was that every person I’ve encountered is different, and as a leader I should take time and learn about each and every participant. My greatest challenge today was during the water survival, I was accountable for my team members who were not strong swimmers and had to make sure they were okay. I would use the lessons learned today to get to know the people I am in charge of and to make sure they are accounted for and doing well. The most fun I had today was the climbing wall because it gave me some time to talk to some participants.
Hello I am Nicholas Govoni. I am from Lakeville, MA and I am 17 years old. My only prior experience was being a participant at this camp the year before. The most valuable skill set I have learned today has been how to properly lead and teach a group of individuals in an atmosphere where they have little or no experience. The greatest challenge I have encountered has been remembering all of the different commands from last year. I hope to use these lessons back at school on my rugby and football teams as well as in the future in which I hope to become an US Army Officer.
Hello! I am Dominic Tarallo. I am from Ithaca, NY and a 17 years old. Before FLC, I attended various sports camps and one of two leadership camps. Today I learned the valuable skill of always remaining in control in front of your team. It keeps them calm and everything running smooth. The greatest Challenge that I encountered was being able to make on the fly decisions. I firmly believe it is a very important skill every leader should possess. I will hopefully use the skills I’ve learned today in ROTC, the Air Force and everyday life. I had the most fun with water survival. It was very fulfilling to teach the participants various water survival techniques and to see them learn.
Hello I am William Hodges. I am from Kennett Square, PA and I am 17 years old. My previous experience was that of a prior participant. The most valuable skill I learned today was how to turn a BDU blouse into a flotation device. Previously I have had success turning trousers into a flotation device but I had never been able to get the blouse to work. The greatest challenge I faced today was staying calm and helping participants deal with their stress. The reason I found this to be the most significant challenge of the day is because, despite my team being new to me, I feel that I am responsible for their physiological well being along with physical. From the lessons and skills I learned today I believe that in the future I will be able to act more effectively as a leader. Swimming was incredibly fun today. Watching as one of my participants faced a fear and learned how to swim motivated me to be more active as a leader.
Hi, I am Hannah Malone. I am an 18 year old from Manchester, NH. Last year I was a participant at FLC and in more of a follower role. This year I have taken on more of a leadership role as an ATL. I learned that time management in a stressful environment is very important. Not only did I have to be ready, have all my gear, and know where to take my team, but I had to make sure that they were always ready to rock ‘n roll. My greatest challenge today was during water survival training. One participant was a weak swimmer so I had to help teach them some basic strokes. As a leader I had to remember that not everyone has developed or perfected certain abilities yet. I will use these skills and lessons during rookdom and in the Marine Corps. These skills are valuable when it comes to any job pertaining a leadership position. I had the most fun at PT today. PT always motivates me when other people are trying their hardest. It’s a excellent way to start off the day.
Hi. My name is James Naslonski. I am from Long Island, NY and I am 16 years old. I was a previous participant of this camp. The most valuable skill I learned today was keeping my team in step during marching and the importance of Drill and Ceremony in any unit. The greatest challenge I encountered today as the Team Leader was having to constantly keep track of my participants. I needed to make sure they all had the correct equipment and I made sure they knew what was ahead of them in the coming day. I could use the lessons I have learned today to lead others in the future and help them become leaders. I had the most fun on the rock-climbing wall today. It was challenging for me and I had the opportunity to practice leadership skills by assisting on the rock-climbing wall.
I am Gianni Feliciano. I am from Long Island, NY. I am currently 16 years old. I was a participant that attended FLC last year. The most valuable lessons I learned today was to constantly check on my participants whenever we would leave a place. My greatest challenge today was teaching my squad to listen, learn, and execute order. I also had to show the participants how to march and learn facing movements. In the next week I will use the lessons and skills I learned today to help my team become the leaders they were meant to be. The activity that was most enjoyable to me was water survival. This activity helped me learn techniques that would help if a problem would occur while in the water.
Hello! I am William Maguire. I am from Sleepy Hollow, NY and I am 17 years old. FLC was my first experience in any type of military environment. This year as an ATL I am applying everything I learned as a participant. Today, I learned to be firm while giving commands to my team but at the same time sympathetic. This was because I went from giving commands to comforting a homesick participants. The greatest challenge I encountered today was marching. I had not conducted Drill and Ceremony in a very long time. Not only did I have to remember the right commands but I had to teach them as well. I would use these lessons and skills I learned today to help guide me to becoming a firm and fair leader. At the same time helping to comfort those who are distraught. I had the most fun with water survival because I loved getting to see my participants laugh and have a good time and get to know each other.
Hello I am Evan Salisbury. I am form East Hampton, CT and I am 17 years old. I am the LT. for Troop K state police post 028 and I was a prior participant. Today with help from Instructor O’Brien and Platoon SGT Heni I learned how to teach other to swim and basic techniques in water survival. My greatest challenge was trying to stay afloat using a BDU blouse. I will use these lessons to teach and help many people how to survival in survival situations. I had the most fun with the pool. I got to swim all day and teach kids how to swim.
Hi I am Bailey Parker. I’m from Louisville, KY and I am 17 years old. I was a prior FLC participant and was the captain of multiple varsity teams in high school. Today I learned how to better myself and help others conquer the climbing wall. The greatest challenge that I faced today was pushing myself to go further bouldering on the rock climbing wall. I’ve learned how to better lead participants to push themselves harder at this camp. I can use that all throughout camp so that participants receive the most of what they can get. The most fun I had today was the climbing wall along with challenging myself to go further through the bouldering.
Hello my name is Justin Vlass. I am from Shrewsbury, MA. I am currently 18 years old. Most of the previous camps I attended were sports camps and were very different then FLC. The most valuable lesson I learned today was the amount of work it takes to run the social media part of the camp and how important it is. The greatest challenge I encountered today was talking to participants who were feeling homesick and trying to convince them to stick with the program. I would use those lessons and skills in the future when I have a better understanding of how camps, business, etc… are run. I had the most fun taking pictures of the participants in the water survival course where they made flotation devices from everyday clothing.