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Cadets work to improve Palmetto Trail

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The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy has been given the opportunity to help restore the South Carolina Palmetto Trail. This trail, when finished will be a 425 mile recreational trail that goes through the state of South Carolina. The trail will begin in Oconee State Park upstate and end north of Charleston. The trail will have several connecting passages that will showcase the unique history and culture of South Carolina. The trail runs through Fort Jackson and the SCYCA cadets have been working hard to clear areas and make the passages visible. 

“Working on the Palmetto Trail was really fun. The best part about cleaning up the trail is having a sense of accomplishment after completing the project. Knowing that I am apart of helping the community makes me feel good. My group and I walked about 5 miles during our second volunteer trip on the trail. I did not think I could actually do it, but I proved myself wrong. The group faced a couple of big obstacles on the trail. There were a bunch of branches blocking the trail and we had to work together to move them out the way. It took us about 15 minutes to complete that task. Moving trees were another big obstacle. The trees seem to weight over 200 pounds! My group did not stop we worked together as a team.”

– Cade Thompson 3rd Platoon

My Story - Cadet Miller

Turning Away from Gang Life

By Success Stories

My name is Cadet Miller and I’m from West Columbia, South Carolina. I have been in and out of DSS my whole life, running the streets, making bad choices, robbing and stealing. My life has always been rough and my father was never there for me. My mother was having a hard time taking care of me and my siblings by herself. I was impatient and I did not want to listen to my parent or anyone.  I felt like I needed to help my mother manager things around the house so I joined a gang to help her financially. That seem to only make things worse.

By the time I turned eighteen I realized, I had to do something different with my life. So I decided to take the Challenge and attend South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy. The academy has helped me change my life by teaching me about self-discipline, integrity and life coping skills. I now have plans and goals for my life and know what I need to do to achieve them. At South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy I enjoy doing military training I never thought I could do before. I never thought about the military before or the opportunities that I could gain by joining. This program is giving me the education I need to grow. I also participate in sports which I love and am working out every day.

Dream. Believe. Achieve.

– Cadet Miller

New Cadets Begin Cycle 30

By News

Cycle 30 started on July 8, 2013. During their first day at South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy (SCYCA) a lot of males faced their first challenge when they had their military-style hair cuts.

During their first week at the South Carolina Youth Challenge the Candidates gain knowledge on the program and the various parts. The Pre-Challenge Phase, which consist of the first two weeks, helps Candidates focus on teamwork, close order drill, code of conduct, leadership/followership skills and physical fitness training based on the programs eight core components.

The cadets take the TABE Test the second week which gets them ready for school. The test helps the Lead Teacher determine what class to put the candidate in based off of his or her educational background. Classes start on July 22, 2013 which is the candidates third week at SCYCA .