‘These are good kids’

Fort Polk BOSS program hosts Youth Challenge event to give cadets fun day

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — On a sunny day with just the right amount of cool breezes and potential for fun, Fort Polk’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers spearheaded an event for 225 Youth Challenge cadets from Camp Beauregard, Pineville, May 5. The all-day activity lined up about 50 BOSS volunteers and a few from Fort Polk’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club to participate with youth while bowling, having paint ball fights, chilling at the Home of Heroes Recreation Center, hitting at the batting cages, touring the Fort Polk museum and challenging the 1st Battalion, (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment obstacle course.

Cpl. Bobbi Jamerson, Fort Polk BOSS president, said the partnership between the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program and BOSS is one of the best her Soldiers have experienced. “It gives our single service members a chance to share the kind of challenges many of us overcame before we joined the service. The partnership allows us to not only mentor youth, but also change lives by offering the encouragement they need. This program is amazing and I wish I had been offered a chance to be part of something like this in my youth,” she said.

 

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