Orientation camp offers glimpse of JROTC life

Ariana Clemente-Hunter remembers her experience at orientation camp for the Navy JROTC at Navarre High School and how much it played a part in her decision to join the program.

Four years later, Clemente-Hunter is now leading the way at the camp as the unit’s new commanding officer. The senior-to-be admits it’s a little scary heading up a group of 80 students at a week-long camp.

“It’s slightly terrifying,” Clemente-Hunter said with a laugh. “There is a lot of responsibility and I’m still trying to get used to it, but it’s a good experience for me. I’ve learned a lot.”

Clemente-Hunter and her fellow leaders were hard at work Thursday afternoon overseeing a battle of the squads competition featuring events in which the aspiring cadets had to work together in order to complete each one successfully.

Campers also took part in activities such as armed and unarmed drills, orienteering exercises and squad drills. They also completed a community service project and took a trip out to the Naval Air Station museum in Pensacola.

Read the full article in the June 16 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe to your community newspaper.

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