Looking to develop leadership, networking and academic skills, more than a dozen Banning High School and Nicolet Middle School student cadets joined with their peers from across the state to participate in the 2022 California Cadet Corps Summer Encampment, held June 18-30 at Camp San Luis Obispo.
“The California Cadet Corps summer program gives each student a different learning trait that they can take back with them to their schools,” Banning Unified Commandant of Cadets Captain Roosevelt Buckner Jr. said. “It also allows cadets to network with their peers and educate themselves on what other programs are learning, as well as find out more about their career options after leaving high school.”
During the first week at the encampment, cadets immersed themselves in the fundamentals of the California Cadet Corps mission, learning drill and ceremony steps, working themselves into top physical shape, and demonstrating proper behavior and citizenship.
During their second week, cadets received mentoring in an instructional program of their choice, including Drill Instructor School, Advanced Drill and Ceremony, Public Safety, Marksmanship, Mountaineering, Medical, Law Enforcement, Field Skills, Engineering or Recondo. Cadets who wanted to learn management skills came one week early to help set up and run the camp.
Several Banning Unified cadets earned additional honors during the encampment. Banning High School’s incoming ninth-grade students Cadet Sgt. Nathaniel Orozco and Cadet Sgt. Alexander Godinez earned black berets for participating in the setup of the encampment and acting as squad leaders. Cadet Sgt. Orozco and Cadet Cpl. Jayden Condit each received a “Golden Dogtag” for displaying outstanding leadership.
“Congratulations to our student cadets, who have made a commitment to make the world a better place through good deeds and leadership,” Superintendent Terrence Davis said. “Thank you to Captain Buckner Jr. for inspiring the cadets to challenge themselves to achieve at the highest levels.”