The camp is named in honor of local WWII veteran, Tuskegee Airman and educator, Needham Jones, Sr. It teaches participants techniques, skills and tips to help them better navigate the upcoming school year as well as give them life lessons that will serve them well into their future. The camp includes lectures, interactive discussions and participatory activities in the areas of communication, self-confidence building, citizenship, team building, career exploration and health and wellness.
Designed for males ages 12 – 15, the camp will meet five days over a two-week period. School supplies will be given to each participant, and lunch and snacks will be provided each day. The Boot Camp is limited to 15 individuals and is free for participants. Registration is required and the deadline to register is July 1, 2022.
Master Sergeant (MSG) David A. Brooks is the camp facilitator. He is the master leader course facilitator with the 154th Regional Training Institute 3rd Non-Commission Officers Academy.
“My community involvement philosophy is shaped by Marcus Garver, who said ‘I trust that you will so live today as to realize that you are masters of your own destiny, masters of your fate; if there is anything you want in this world, it is for you to strike out with confidence and faith in self and reach for it.’ The knowledge, life skills, and friendships given to me by all my mentors have shaped who I am. So, I am guided by the fact that I am a product of years of combined mentors who also decided to give back and pave the way for the next generation. That is why I am involved in the Boot Camp to encourage and help lead the young men in achieving their life goals and success.” – MSG David Brooks
“The Boot Camp was inspiring. I learned about teamwork, respect for others and yourself, and I gained friendships. The biggest take away was I learned more about myself. I was thinking about joining the National Guard before I attended the camp. My participation helped further my decision in joining the Guard.” – Specialist (SPC) Melychy Hall, former participant
“I’m coming back this year, and would most definitely invite a friend to come.” – Malachi Collins, 2021 participant