• Vilseck High School JROTC cadets Shanice Arnold (left), and Jocelyn Nichols ride the waves of the Wiesent River during the Cadet Leadership Challenge in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 18.

    River cadets

    Vilseck High School JROTC cadets Shanice Arnold (left), and Jocelyn Nichols ride the waves of the Wiesent River during the Cadet Leadership Challenge in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 18.

  • Tana Putnam, Patch High School, rappels at Range 18 on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, June 19.

    Quick way down

    Tana Putnam, Patch High School, rappels at Range 18 on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, June 19.

  • JROTC cadets attempt to maneuver various obstacles of the high ropes course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, June 21.

    High flying

    JROTC cadets attempt to maneuver various obstacles of the high ropes course on the Grafenwoehr Training Area, June 21.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- It's not easy, then again it's not supposed to be.

For the 116 cadets representing garrisons across Europe, the Cadet Leadership Challenge is a unique "summer camp" designed to test their mental and physical strengthens.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets arrived here, June 17, and dove right in, literally, for water survival training at the Grafenwoehr City Pool.

As the week's events continued, teams tackled the Leader's Reaction Course at Camp Kasserine, working together to maneuver various obstacles; canoed the Wiesent River; rappelled at Range 18, and learned to fly 30 feet in the air at the newly built high ropes course, located outside of Gate 9.

And in true summer camp fashion, the cadets bunked in barracks provided by the 7th Warrior Training Brigade at Camp Normandy -- bunks they gladly climbed into as the 10 p.m. "lights out" rang every night.

While the 5 a.m. wake-up call was a far cry from a typical summer vacation, by the look of their smiling faces, it was well worth it. Besides, more challenges awaited them.

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