Registration is underway for the 10th annual Mini Raider Boot Camp.
The free camp will be held Nov. 17 at Leavenworth High School.
The camp, for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, will feature physical training exercises, running, climbing, hiking, an obstacle course and more.
The boot camp is hosted by the Leavenworth High School JROTC program under the direction of 1st Sgt. Wayne Cogdill.
Last year, the boot camp attracted more than 100 children. This year, Cogdill is setting the goal higher – a lot higher.
“We’re going for 500 kids,” he said. “Bring their little hearts and we’ll smoke ‘em.”
Cogdill said the boot camp will be physical.
“When they are done with camp, they will sleep good that night,” he said.
The event is held rain or shine.
Boot camp T-shirts are available to purchase for $8 each. T-shirt orders must be placed by Nov. 6.
Cogdill has a little work of his own slated this weekend.
He will take the JROTC Raiders to the U.S. Army National Raider Championships in Molena, Georgia.
Fifty members of the Leavenworth JROTC Raider squad will be competing in the physical team test, rope bridge, cross-country rescue, Raider gauntlet and 5K team run, as well as the Ultimate Raider competition for males and females.
The co-ed team placed second in last year’s national meet, the highest placement ever for the Leavenworth High School JROTC team.
“The best sign of success is (participation) numbers and trophies,” Cogdill said. “We’re going with the goal of winning it. Our goal is to be national champions and not national champion runner-up like last year. Last year the team got beat by six seconds and we have been living with that since then. Their attitude is amazing.”
The Raiders will leave for Georgia on Thursday.
For more information about the boot camp or the JROTC program, contact Cogdill at Wayne.Cogdill@lvpioneers.org or call 913-705-0530.