Youth Camp 2004

Our ‘Future’ grows brighter at Camp Williams

 

By SPC Kelly K Collett - Published - July 6, 2004

   

2nd Lt. David Jones, the camp director, tests his skills on the rock wall against the youth

Photo by Spc Kelly K Collett

2nd Lt. David Jones, the camp director, tests his skills on the rock wall against the youth 

CAMP WILLIAMS - From June 28th to July 1st of this year, over 100 Utah youth took part in a four-day adventure at Camp Williams to build self reliance, teamwork and coping skills.  Nine groups of boys and girls engaged multiple obstacles and missions and completed each task with enthusiasm.  They overcame many fears, ranging from vertigo to stage fright.

 2nd Lt. David Jones, the camp director, commented “I have really seen the kids grow in the last four days…I have been impressed by the high caliber of these youth.”

On the first day of camp, the youth split into groups, gave themselves names and designed a guidon to represent their team.  Most of their names coincided with their colors, but others were just a title they preferred.  The teams consisted of the following:  The Red Hotties (red), Funny Grapes (purple), Black hawks (black), Mean Green (green), Delta (dark grey), Eagles (light grey), The Hornets (yellow), Blue Tuna (blue), and Team Piranha (light blue).

They competed for multiple awards which they received in an award ceremony.  They were awarded for cleanest barracks, most uniform in appearance, most team spirit, first to formation, most motivated, winners of the sports activities, service projects and many more.

Youth from Delta Team throwing arrow using Native American atlatl. Youth from Team Blue Tuna rappelling from Special Forces Tower.

Picture by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Youth from Delta Team throwing arrow

using Native American Atlatl.

Picture by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Youth from Team Blue Tuna rappelling

from Special Forces Tower.

On their ‘List of Things to Do’ were events such as rappelling, climbing wall, skits, compass course, atlatl, swimming, drill and ceremony, sports activities, field trip to On their ‘List of Things to Do’ were events such as rappelling, climbing wall, skits, compass course, atlatl, swimming, drill and ceremony, sports activities, field trip to the capitol and Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, and the Veteran Cemetery service project.

To finish off the week, the nine teams participated in a pass and review inspection done by Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.  The youth then dispersed and were congratulated by open familiar arms.  They embraced one another as they said goodbye to the good friends they had made then returned to journey home with their proud parents and family.  They can now be confident in the things they have learned in the last several days spent at Youth Camp 2004 because they have all grown