Lubbock's Youth Corps, also known as 4th Corps, started its summer leadership training camp on Sunday. Dozens of area teens are preparing to be future leaders by going through a two week boot camp. The character building program culminates with the 4th on Broadway festivities.
Sunday was move-in day at Bartlett Hall in the Reese Center. This is the beginning of this year's two week Youth Corps training camp. And day one started with a brash lesson in folding laundry.
These teens were selected for the camp from hundreds of applicants. The next two weeks of their lives will be spent on ropes courses, in classrooms, and in Lubbock helping with community projects. Camp Commander Kevin Henley says it's about breaking kids down and building them back up as confident, well-rounded leaders.
These teens say they're ready for the challenge. Commitment, cooperation, courage, and community -- those are the four characteristics the Youth Corps cadets are learning.
You may recall last year that the 4th Corps camp was cancelled after more than half the cadets became sick with a heat related illness. The cadets were invited back in August for a shortened version of the camp. This group of cadets will graduate in two weeks on Sunday, July 6th.