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June 27--  The area's Junior ROTC regiment hosted a summer camp for middle school students last week.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Chayton Tippett from Vidalia High School is the new commander of the Thunderbolt Regiment, "We kind of showed them what we do here with our Raider program and our obstacle courses and gave them some leadership classes.  We gave them an introduction to our program so when they come in after middle school they'll have a head start."

jrotccampCadet Lieutenant Colonel Tippett and camper Ryker Hyers.

The new regimental commander hopes to attend The Citadel and says Junior ROTC's Raider program has helped him in high school, "We're more of a family,  We work together and we sweat together, sort of like a football team.  We all work together closely on the staff to make sure the program runs smoothly so all the kids are straight.

One of the campers, Ryker Hyers from J.R. Trippe Middle School, says camp was fun and taught him about teamwork, discipline and leadership.

The Thunderbolt Regiment is headquartered at the Southeast Early College and Career Academy in Vidalia and includes students from Vidalia High School, Toombs County High School, Montgomery County High School and Treutlen High School.