Camp Prep Description
Camp Prep is an after school activity that cadets attend if they want to go to the Cadet Leadership School (CLS) in the summer. It is GA-20021’s was of tryouts for a slot to go to camp over the summer. Camp Prep starts in March and continues until the send off for CLS in June. In this activity there are four different facets: academics, physical training, drill, and rooms and dorms. These facets correspond with what the cadets will do at camp and it prepares them for it. A main requirement that cadets have to meet in order to go to camp is having a mile time under 10 minutes for females and under 9 minutes for males, and in this activity cadets do different types of physical training to help reduce their mile time. Cadets will learn the 23-Step Drill Sequence, perform it, and get evaluated. Also, cadets will work with a Horizon from a previous year to start learning the information they will be tested on at CLS. Lastly, cadets will learn how to properly configure their room by making their bed, doing their drawer, hanging towels, and hanging clothes in their closet. For cadets that have been to CLS before, they take on a role in Camp Prep, and attend leadership meetings where they learn how to become leaders and improve upon their roles in the program. Camp Prep occurs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1445-1600. It is a great activity to get involved in where cadets learn and develop skills to help make them leaders and confident in what they can do in the program.
Cadet Leadership School (CLS) is a weeklong event occurring at the beginning of June at Converse College, SC. Over 300 cadets come from a variety of different schools across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina and participate in a book camp-like experience. Cadet Leadership School is an environment where attendees are isolated from the rest of the world. Meaning, they have to turn in their phones and all electronics at the beginning of camp, and they don’t have access to them the entire week. It gives cadets an opportunity to only focus on themselves and the camp itself. First timers going to camp are called Cadet Basics, while cadets who have gone to camp more than once become Cadre and hold positions in the CLS Chain of Command that they applied for beforehand. A day at camp lasts from 0500 in the morning to 1030 in the evening. During the day, cadets drill, take tests and quizzes, do physical training exercises, go through uniform inspection, and work on their basic room configuration. At the end of the week, cadets take their academic and drill final. Cadets are evaluated using those scores, their physical training score, and their written evaluations throughout the week. On the final Saturday there is an Awards Ceremony where cadets are rewarded for their hard work during the entire week. Overall, CLS is a great opportunity for cadets to learn and grow and get introspective about their life and how they want to lead.