By Frank Lewis
Leadership training has been the focus of activities this week at Camp Oyo where five Junior ROTC units gathered.
“We have the Marines, the Army and the Navy groups here, all from the Kentucky area,” Camp Oyo ranger Matt Taylor said. “They are doing leadership programs, leadership development as part of their Junior ROTC course curriculum.”
Taylor said the groups had been traveling a long distance for the training but found out Camp Oyo had some dates available, and chose to come to Scioto County to be closer to their schools - Boyd County High School, East Carter High School, Paul Blazer High School, Greenup County High School and Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Kentucky.
One group was marching from one part of the complex to the other. Another group was huddled in a shelter and going over what they had learned, while yet another group was being told by Staff Sergeant Renee Waddell from Greenup how to deal with the heat.
“It was first aid on how to treat heat casualties, do a tourniquet, teach them how to do a splint and also CPR,” Waddell said.
Master Chief Jim Sandlin from Boyd County High School ROTC said the week has been about teamwork.
“They have been learning how to work together and accomplish tasks,” Sandlin said. “All of the instructors are very interested in them (JROTC members) learning the value of teamwork, the value of working together, the value of knowing you don’t always have to be in charge. Sometimes you lead. Sometimes you follow and the value of followership is just as valuable and important as leadership. They’re learning accountability, responsibility, having some fun, learning some new things and camaraderie. It’s a chance to get away from home and spend a week together. There’s nothing that teaches you as much as living with somebody for a while. “
Sandlin said, since the groups are from different school and different branches of the military ROTC, It is an opportunity for them to interact with people they may not have previously known.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the branches of the service and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.