Camden County School CG JROTC Program Summary
The Camden County United States Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (USCG JROTC), the fourth such unit in the U.S., was established in the 2010. The program’s objective is to provide student cadets with instruction and experiences that will develop leadership, team work, personal responsibility, self-confidence, and devotion to school, community, and country. The cadets live by the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty in all their endeavors, are proud to serve their school and community, and to represent the great traditions of the U. S. Coast Guard.
The USCG JROTC provides student cadets a higher per capita ratio of leadership opportunity than any other school activity. Cadets are mentored and groomed through all four years of high school for progressively increasing leadership challenge, responsibility and authority. In addition to maritime and Coast Guard related subjects, cadets are taught a full spectrum of leadership theory. Cadets are simultaneously given the opportunity to operationalize leadership theory through a Leadership Laboratory where they interact with, follow, and lead their peers in pursuit of unit goals which are developed by the cadet leadership cadre with guidance from JROTC instructors. As part of the unit annual goals, the Camden County USCG JROTC completes an average of 2000 community service hours/year which has included providing relief to tornado and fire victims, as well as fundraisers for local veteran’s organizations, and students and staff in the public schools suffering from serious illness or other hardships.
Since its inception in 2010, graduates have gone onto many successful pursuits in employment and continuing education. While not by any means a comprehensive representation of the many diverse pursuits of graduates of the Camden County USCG JROTC, the program has tracked the military accession points of its graduates. To date there have been approximately 63 graduates that have pursued a military or U.S. Merchant Marine career path. Eleven of those pursued officer programs in one of the five branches of the U. S. military. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that former cadets of the program have successfully pursued post-secondary education at a slightly higher percentage than the general school population. The USCG JROTC is committed to facilitating this trend through fundraising for and offering three annual scholarships for deserving graduating cadets to attend university, junior college, or vocational training.
Lyn Dupree MCPO USCG (ret.)
Camden County CG JROTC
Maritime Science Instructor