The transition from the second to the third phase of their training is one every new Culver Military Academy cadet will always remember. And one the people in the Uniform Department are trying to forget.
The new cadet Mud Run, conducted on Sunday, Oct. 17, serves as the official break between the cadets’ training sessions. The trail winds through the Bird Sanctuary and the high ropes course and includes a series of obstacles designed to test the cadets’ problem-solving and team-building skills.
Some of the obstacles include a lesson in leadership detailing Culver’s five Medal of Honor recipients, Deputy Commandant Warren Foersch said, and most involve the cadets working together to complete the task-at-hand. By reinforcing the lessons they have learned, increasing their group cohesion, and advancing their development, the Mud Run helps the new cadets become emerging leaders.
The course finished at the Woodcraft Camp Council Ring, then the new cadets marched over to the Armory, where they washed off. The day ended with a special meal, Foersch said.