CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - Houghton, Hancock and Calumet Junior ROTC students are in the midst of Cadet Leadership challenge week. The week's activities include rappelling, ropes course, and more. The true challenges, though, aren't physical.
"I would say one of the biggest challenges is facing a new environment, especially for Houghton because we are not used to this school, we are not used to the people. We're not used to the cadet leaders. So getting to know everyone and getting to know the environment around us has been a pretty big challenge," said Geneva Archer, who will take over as Houghton-Hancock JROTC Cadet Lieutenant Colonel next year.
"Getting in front of their peers, being in charge for a little while and seeing how they react I think has been a positive experience for all of them. The leadership part of it comes into coordinating the events. We put the cadets in charge to make sure that they get where they are supposed to be on time with the equipment that they need," said Hancock High School Senior Army Instructor Major John Sullivan.
Today was especially exciting for the young cadets at the Calumet Readiness Center.
"Today we have the Army National Guard bring in a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Selfridge. The crew of the helicopter will come in and land in the area here. Then they will give a quick tour and explanation of the aircraft. Then after that we'll get them up in the air in the aircraft, give them a tour around the Keweenaw a little bit," said Sullivan.
"Today's experience with the helicopter I think is important because a lot of people have a fear of heights. That is a given, to get over your fear of heights, but I think it is important that we experience things that might actually happen out there, that we might actually do someday," said Archer.
Leadership Challenge week continues for the next several days with mountain biking and kayaking.