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TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICATIONS
AT THE YATES LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

I had believed that a leader was simply a person who yelled at people a lot and forced people to do things. After experiencing real leadership on the Ropes Course, I now have a very different view on leadership.– Cadet 2005

 


 

The Experience that the Ropes Course leaves you with is amazing. It not only leaves you with the great effects of positive leadership, but it also leaves you with the attitude that you can conquer anything in life.– Cadet 2006

 


 

In life the [Ropes Course] ingrains the experience of trust and confidence that you have with others and yourself. Hopefully when a cadet leaves the gate of the ropes course, they will take with them the experience of trust and confidence so that they may know in life how to trust and when to trust and also how far they can go out of their comfort zone.– Cadet 2006

 


 

I recently attended your low ropes and high ropes course at the Yates Leadership Challenge Center. I just want to tell you how much it has meant to me to get to do those activities and watch my troop bond a little bit more through the challenges. Before, my troop had very little unity, we were sloppy in how we did things, we were not working to achieve the best that we could do, our work ethic was low, and our morale was completely shot.

During your ropes course, I felt something that I had not felt since the first seven days that our troop had been thrown together, I felt like we were once again a team, not just individuals, but a team that worked toward a common goal, the goal to get over any obstacle that was put in front of us and succeed while we were at it. The feeling I will never forget, having to trust people that I normally would not trust in the corp. Many of the people that normally tried to shoot others down with hateful comments actually helped and did their part to see their troop succeed.

As a group we learned to work together above our differences (Mom wasn't there to help us sort them out any more,) and to do our best as a team. That is the kind of teamwork that I saw and felt at your leadership challenge. It was almost as if we were family, almost.Another thing that I saw while I was at your course was a willingness to help. Your staff is extremely well trained and had an incredibly positive attitude throughout the whole experience. The person who helped my particular group was XXX. He was an excellent facilitator and did not try to step in and run things. Instead he gave us only the necessary information, and let us work together as a group to try and solve the problem. The other people that I got to observe had positive attitudes and were also available while doing their jobs extraordinarily well. I had a blast.

Thank you once again for letting us come out to the course, and if at all possible, I believe it would be a great experience to have the troops keep coming out and keep learning. I learned a lot and will never be able to repay you and the commandant for allowing us to attend.

Thank you a thousand times. – 2005

 


 

The ropes course helped to bring out the values and personality traits of each person, and it hit on their strengths, and made each of us show and work more with it to enhance those strengths and their weaknesses as well.

The course brings out the best in everyone and builds on those abilities. This class has brought so much cohesion amongst the six of us in the class, and our friendships is an undying bond that will tie us together in the history of our minds, and memories. The course brought out a lot of my strengths of interaction with others, critical thinking, and learning more on followership.

I can take everything that I have learned in and on the ropes course and apply it to my life. Listening, to others to find out what they feel, reading their thoughts and feelings, and applying that to my life with friends, family, and my girlfriend. After leaving the course, if there are any problems in my life outside of the course, I feel as if I can handle anything that is thrown at me, and I can fix any of my problems or at least come up to solutions for them. Captain Evertsons ability to bring out each of our best qualities made this class so much more fun, due to he made all of us feel as if we could express ourselves, and he treated us as us all as equals rather than as his subordinates.

The skills and the values that were taught on the course will be applied to my life and I can easily apply them to my life to deal with all of my life problems. Every time I think that there is a situation that I feel I cannot handle, I think about how to handle the situation using the skills I learned on the course.

 


 

I had been stressed out for about three solid weeks in a row. Grades were low, my personal morale was low, friends were pretty frustrated with me...just everything seemed to be a downer on my life. Then our TC told us we had Ropes Course that week. My first reaction was I had already done the course at Fort Knox, so why should I bother with this one? I was not motivated to do anything regarding the Corps, but I just sucked it up and went to the course, not knowing it would be one of the best experiences I have had here at NMMI.

When we got there, the staff just automatically welcomed us and treated us extremely well. We were allowed to relax, not totally relax, but relax enough to where we could be ourselves. I felt that I could be myself for once in my stay as a Cadet here.

So we all proceeded to start the course. It really was a way to get us to bond. I did the course with my new Team Leader. We laughed hysterically when one of us do something completely random. We helped each other figure out how to complete an obstacle. We became good friends up there. I would say that one of the reasons we work so well together is because of our experience on the course. It helped us to understand each others strengths and weaknesses.

On a personal note, the course allowed me to relieve alot of the stress I was feeling. The course kept my mind off of the problems I was having. But it didn't just keep my mind of the obstacles; it ultimately has played a role in helping me overcome those obstacles. The course did something amazing for me, and I really don't know how to explain it on paper. I would say that in order to feel what I felt, one would have to actually do the course.

 


 

I had been stressed out for about three solid weeks in a row. Grades were low, my personal morale was low, friends were pretty frustrated with me...just everything seemed to be a downer on my life. Then our TC told us we had Ropes Course that week. My first reaction was I had already done the course at Fort Knox, so why should I bother with this one? I was not motivated to do anything regarding the Corps, but I just sucked it up and went to the course, not knowing it would be one of the best experiences I have had here at NMMI.

When we got there, the staff just automatically welcomed us and treated us extremely well. We were allowed to relax, not totally relax, but relax enough to where we could be ourselves. I felt that I could be myself for once in my stay as a Cadet here.

So we all proceeded to start the course. It really was a way to get us to bond. I did the course with my new Team Leader. We laughed hysterically when one of us would do something completely random. We helped each other figure out how to complete an obstacle. We became good friends up there. I would say that one of the reasons we work so well together is because of our experience on the course. It helped us to understand each others strengths and weaknesses.

On a personal note, the course allowed me to relieve alot of the stress I was feeling. The course kept my mind off of the problems I was having. But it didn't just keep my mind of the obstacles; it ultimately has played a role in helping me overcome those obstacles. The course did something amazing for me, and I really don't know how to explain it on paper. I would say that in order to feel what I felt, one would have to actually do the course.

I recommend that every Cadet must do the ropes course in order to complete the year. I see it as a vital experience and one that should not be overlooked or played off. It really does help a Cadet out with the struggles, big or small, that he or she faces here at this school.