NORWOOD, La. (BRPROUD) — More than 100 children between the ages of eight and 13 participated in the Louisiana National Guard Children’s Army Camp this year. The experience shows kids what it’s like to be a guard.
The camp was held June 22 through July 1 at the Feliciana Retreat and Conference Center in Norwood. LANG said the campers were divided into platoons by age and learned military skills like marching, rock climbing, fishing and paddling, as well as training in resilience and disaster preparedness.
“I see a huge sense of pride and dedication from the campers, and a sense of accomplishment from these kids who have grown over the years as campers, Junior Support Staff (JSS) and now adult volunteers,” the command sergeant said. Maj. Larry Johnson, director of the Office of Family Programs who served as camp commandant. “Being a commander and leading kids gave me a different perspective and a different mindset because as a senior leader it shows we can always learn things. No matter what grade or age …we can always learn from new soldiers, and we can always learn from our children.
LANG said the military-style camp began in 1997 as a way for military children to bond with each other. There were two camps this summer, Youth Leadership Camp and Camp Pelican Pride, and the campers who attended were children and siblings of soldiers and airmen.