Vincent High School JROTC cadets enjoyed a wild ride down Tennessee’s Ocoee River on September 14. According to instructor Stanley Murrell, cadets and chaperones enjoyed the three hour raft trip, which is one of three adventure training trips the JROTC class takes each year. Murrell said the whitewater trip helped the students work on their ability to carefully listen to the guide’s instructions and to follow those directions quickly. It also helped teach small group leadership skills, team building, and how to prepare for new and challenging situations. Cadets navigated their way down the river through several class four rapids and many smaller class two and three rapids, with names like Hell’s Hole, Broken Nose, Elephant Crack and Cat’s Pajamas.
“Of course the kids focus on the fun aspects of the trip, but they are also learning along the way,” Murrell said.