My name is participant Duclau, I am 17 years old and from Danielson, Connecticut. I have prior experience as a summer camp counselor and I have been a student helper with the Special Olympics for 4 years. The most valuable lessons and skill sets I learned today were to be confident in my orders and cadence calling. The greatest challenge that I encountered today was the firing simulator because my arms are short which made it hard for me to properly fire the rifle. I can use the lessons and skill sets I learned today win boosting my own confidence and not being afraid to voice my opinion back home. The activity I had the most fun with today would be marching Alpha team and feeling the respect and confidence my teammates had in me when calling and teaching a new cadence.
My name is Participant Drouin, I am 18 years old and from Dunbarton, New Hampshire. I have prior experience as Captain of my hockey team and as squad leader on my semi-pro airsoft team. The most valuable lessons and skill sets I learned today was to always sound off loud, always take care of your teammates before yourself, and to always listen. My experiences today with drill and keeping cool under stressful situations will help me in the future. The activities I had the most fun with were the two simulators because it was a first time experience for me to learn about what I did.
My name is Participant Colbert and I am 18 years old from New York. I originate from Bawaria, Germany in Northern Franken Country. The only experience I have prior to camp is a little instructing from tae kwon do classes. The most valuable lessons I learned today was being able to take criticism, ask for help, and being able to accept my flaws. The biggest challenge I faced was being loud and sounding off for my team during drill. I will listen to others to improve upon my mistakes and accept assistance when I’m unsure of my decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed commanding my team today.
My name is Participant McBee. I’m from Burnt Hills-Dallston Lake, New York and I am 17 years old. I did not have any prior military or leadership experience before this camp. I realized that it is easier to accomplish objectives and finish tasks when my team works together. My greatest challenge today was not only trying to use the marching commands on the correct foot and at the right time, but also ensuring my team was prepared for each formation. I would use time management to get future objectives done quickly and more efficiently. The simulators at the Vermont Army National Guard Armory were my favorite activities today, especially the laser operated M16 simulation.
My name is Participant Finley. I am 17 years old and I attend Forest High School in Ocala, Florida where I am involved in Air Force JROTC. The most valuable lessons I learned today was to take my team’s input into account. The greatest challenge that I encountered was a low level of motivation from my teammates today. It was hard to get them motivated again, but I eventually succeeded. I plan on using my problem solving skills to motivate any group I’m in charge of to get the work done properly. I enjoyed the computer combat simulation game the most today.
My name is Participant Shanahan. I am 17 years old from Alexandria Virginia. I have prior experience similar to FLC. The most valuable lesson I learned today was that you need to adapt to the way other people work, also I learned that in order for my team to clearly hear my commands I need to sound off loudly. Foxtrot encountered a problem today as a whole which made everyone have bitter feelings about each other, it was difficult but we got through it together as a team. The most important lesson I learned today was confidence, and that will help me immensely in the future when leading others. My favorite activity today was the rifle simulators.
My name is Participant Evers, I am 17 years old and from Londonderry, New Hampshire. I have prior experience in the Londonderry Police Explorers where I serve as Captain of my unit. The most valuable lessons I learned today was communication and focus on the firing line in the rifle simulator. The greatest challenge I encountered today was sounding off the commands and marching my team. It’s easier to take a command than to give one and I improved throughout the day. I would use the lessons I learned today in the future by applying them in the Police Explorers as well as in my future military and law enforcement careers I plan to pursue. The activity I had the most fun with today was the simulators on the computers in the Vermont Army National Guard Armory.
My name is Participant Berardi and I am 16 years old and from Berlin, Vermont. I have no prior experience like FLC. The most valuable lessons and skill sets I learned today was to be confident and execute everything to the best of your ability as a leader. The greatest challenge I faced today was remembering all of the drill commands and executing them at the proper times, but I improved as the day went on. Lessons I learned at camp that I will carry with me into the future is self-motivation and to push yourself harder and further. The activity I had the most fun with today was the rifle simulators.