The new school year had not even started, but the Yosemite High School Cadet Corps was in high gear. On Aug 8-10, 14 cadets supervised by Captain Ellen Peterson and Colonel Bruce Derry, attended a 3-day leadership course at Camp Pacifica in Nipinnawasee.
Planned by the cadets during the summer, several of the classes were taught by the cadets themselves. C/2nd Lt N. Williams taught map reading and navigating skills. C/Sgt 1st Class A. Baker taught drill and ceremony. An administrations class was handled by C/Ssgt H. Murphy, followed by an operations discussion headed by C/Sgt 1st Class D. Stubblefield. Overseeing and managing the schedule was C/1st Lt S. Garcia, Cadet Commandant.
"The whole objective of this exercise was to apply leadership skills in two ways: to learn how to impart them to the incoming freshman, and to apply them in their lives in the future," said military science instructor Col. Derry.
Other features of the course included a half day at Sun Mountain Gun Club to learn weapons safety and to experience shooting. Physical training, water safety and swimming were also included.
Capt. Peterson cooked all the meals, aided by volunteers L. Dambrino and A. Browar. Linda Champion, mother of cadet J. Champion, and rotating teams of cadets, helped with kitchen duty. "All the activities were designed to create a coherent unit; one that could support one another and draw the new cadets in when the school year starts," said Capt Peterson.
Camp Pacifica is owned by the Lions Club, and was donated to the cadets for their course, in exchange for maintenance work on the grounds.
"It all worked out great, and we appreciate the Lions Club, and the Sun Mountain Gun Club for their support and generosity," said Col Derry.