The Jackson Public Schools JROTC program took 85 cadets, 15 instructors and three chaperones on their annual Adventure Training Unit (ATU) Camping Experience in September. JPS has conducted this annual event for over 20 years. For many of the participants, this was their first time actually spending overnight in an outdoor camping environment.
The event was conducted at the Camp Hood Boy Scout facility in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Cadets participated in a Torch Lighting Ceremony where the older generation of instructors passed the torch of responsibility to the younger generation of cadets. The cadets also received practical hands-on instruction in first-aid/CPR, ropes/knot tying, compass reading/land navigation, team building, and non-verbal communication skills.
The purpose of ATU is to expose cadets to outdoor survival skills and reinforce the seven Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.