Despite very chilly nights and windy days the first weekend in March marked the 5th annual Orienteering weekend campout for the Clements High School NJROTC Unit. Ninety cadets participated in the event at Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe, TX.
The weekend started off with the cadets pitching 27 tents and a dining-fly. After dinner, the fire-watch was set and the remaining cadets zipped-up in sleeping-bags for a 38 degree night. Early Saturday morning, the cadets were awakened by Cadet Domingo Alvarado-Castillo and his trumpet, as he played the traditional reveille.
Following breakfast, the cadets set off on an orienteering course, designed by Cadet Robert Bear. The teams of cadets, with compass and map in hand, had to locate 13 points.
The course was timed and competitive. First place team: Cadets Devlyn Russell and Dakota Homewood, 2nd place team: Cadets Kiana Farokhpour, Katia Sanchez and Valerie Cazares, and 3rd place team: Cadets Christopher Pierson, Samin Fardin and Jonathan Mansaram.
After completion of the orienteering event, the cadets participated in leadership and team-building exercises. Cadets Dakota Homewood and Ian Dunning performed a traditional United States Flag Retiring Ceremony.
To finalize the evening, the cadets, by platoon, put on a talent show, which included humorous skits, favorite songs, and funny jokes. Early Sunday morning, the cadets rolled-up their tents, ate breakfast, did a traditional cadence-march by platoon through the park, and then boarded the buses to return to Clements.