Kentucky Guardsmen Give Kids Taste of Military Life

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By Spc. Michelle Waters, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Spc. Stephanie Williams of Kentucky National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters gives a class on flag etiquette to members of 2nd platoon during Youth Development Week June 19-26 in Greenville, Ky.

GREENVILLE, Ky.(July 16, 2010)—

The Kentucky National Guard and the Veteran of Foreign Wars sponsored the annual Youth Development Week in Greenville, Ky., June 19-26 which which had it’s largest turnout in the camp’s history.

The event, also called “Youth Camp”, was founded in 2003 and is geared towards children of National Guard members.  The camp provides a glimpse into the training their parents go through during their military career. This allows military kids to form relationships with others their age who may be experiencing a parent who is deployed overseas or involved in other military missions.

“They are learning a lot about teamwork, encompassing challenges, and how  to  make a difference in their community,” said Lt. Col.  John P. Dooley, Surface Maintenance Officer for Joint Forces Headquarters, and commandant of Youth Camp.

The children are awakened each morning at 6 a.m. by the sounds of clanging trashcan lids and then marched over to the assembly area for morning formation. After breakfast, they begin the day’s activities that include: fishing, archery, rock climbing, gun safety classes,  obstacle courses, flag etiquette, land navigation, rappelling as well as internet security and finance classes.

A Kentucky National Guardsmen overseas an archery class given at Youth Development Week in Greenville, Ky., June 19-26.

“You learn a lot about the military and what they do to protect us,” said 13-year old Matthew D. Moses, whose father is Maj. David A. Moses of the 1163rd Medical Company.  “It’s a really great camp.”

For anyone who is interested in more information regarding Youth Development week, please contact the State Youth Coordinator, Mrs. Cindy Culver at 502-607-1751.

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