A Week at St. Johns NW Military Academy Camp – Way to Go, Will!

It was an intense week for Will. Marksmanship, Army obstacle course, repelling, paint ball with real bunkers, canoeing, swimming, sailing, rope challenge, raft building, survival training, and…a haircut! Will was happy that his group won Best Platoon Award at the closing ceremony today. I’m proud of Will for getting out of his comfort zone, trying some challenging things and keeping his cool under pressure. I think he’s going to be zonked out early tonight, however!



4 thoughts on “A Week at St. Johns NW Military Academy Camp – Way to Go, Will!

  1. Lisa K says:

    This place sounds fantastic for boys! I bet Will had a great time.

    My 13 year old will be heading to Boy Scout camp soon for the third year – the boys learn and accomplish so much. He enjoyed the shooting range last year and the overnighter with other boy out in the elements building a shelter from branches, etc!

    I think boys really benefit from learning discipline, responsibility and resourcefulness, along with leadership and social skills from these camps.

  2. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    I agree totally, Lisa K. Our boys don’t always get to be in a non-soft environment these days. An example was when the campers were lined up waiting a few minutes before marching in. I passed them with their drill instructor and heard this exchange:

    (Whine): How much longer do we have to wait?

    Drill Instructor guy: Any more complaining and you’ll wait a lot longer.

    Now if that had been moms in charge it maybe would have been this (they were standing in the hot sun.)

    (Whine) : How much longer do we have to wait?

    Mom: Oh, just a few more minutes, honey. Do you want to sit in the shade? I’ll get you a cool drink…

    Also, Will said that when they climbed the tower for repelling he was freaked out by the height and having to literally jump off and trust the ropes. The guy threatened to cut the rope if he didn’t do it, so he jumped and guess what? It held. There’s a book out for boys called, “Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations.” Will read it recently, and I highly recommend it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Do-Hard-Things-Rebellion-Expectations/dp/0739359061

    These male-type camps are great for boys, I think.

  3. christina says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I remember when I went to camp when I was younger there was horse back riding and most of the boys did archery and such. It was a lot of fun. Not just playing video games.

    Glad to hear that Will had a great time. Is it nice to have him back and another pair of hands?

  4. paulabukacek says:

    That is so wonderful! I always wanted my boys to do that, what a perfect opportunity. Glad your son was motivated to take it on! You should be proud.

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