HCS Cadets Participate in JROTC Leadership & STEM Camp

Approximately 88 schools from across the southeast are participating in a JROTC Leadership Development Camp hosted at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  The 3 ½ day camp had 300 students in each session with two camps held over the entire week.  Huntsville and Madison County area schools, along with students from Cullman, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Dothan, and many more were involved in one of this week’s sessions.  The summer camp has been held in previous years at Fort McClellan but was moved this year to the Space Center to provide additional resources in science, technology, engineering, and math areas. 

The summer camp gives JROTC students the opportunity to develop and utilize leadership skills while working as one unified team.  Students participated in activities such as aerospace physiology, rappelling, land navigation, drown proofing, along with the aviation challenge flight simulator experience.

Colonel Teresa Townsend (Ret.) who works with the Daleville High School JROTC, likes the additional resources in the summer camp because it “exposes the kids to careers and opportunities in STEM right here in Alabama that eventually lead to good paying jobs.”  Townsend added that “the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the perfect place to get that exposure.”

The JROTC camp has a goal of expanding the summer camp next year to add even more activities, including some high-tech business tours to provide students with additional learning opportunities.

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