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Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.
Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.
They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.
First Sgt. Philip Chatigny, one of the instructors, said the JROTC hopes it will have the course completed in time to host a competition for other JROTC programs in the spring.
Before they can get there, however, the local program is facing an obstacle all too common nowadays - money.
The Marion County Fiscal Court donated funds to help build the first part of the course, and Chatigny said he's hoping the various sports programs will be willing to make small contributions as well, perhaps enough to build another obstacle, since the course will be available for high school teams to use as well. He also said the JROTC would be sharing their progress with the board of education.
While we didn't discuss it, I suspect the JROTC program would be open to donations of either supplies or money to purchase the supplies to complete this project.
They probably wouldn't turn down anyone who wanted to volunteer their time either. Chatigny pointed out that they received some much appreciated assistance in moving the logs into place for the balance beams.
I'm not going to pretend to know what was going through the heads of the teenagers as they worked to assemble the obstacles, but I believe they will be able to take pride in their work when the course in complete. It's worth noting that some of the students who worked on Saturday probably won't get much use out of the course themselves.
Adults often complain that young people expect stuff to be handed to them. In this case, I saw a group of young people willing to complete a project that will benefit both their classmates and future students at the high school.
Editor's note: Look on www.lebanonenterprise.com to see photos of the JROTC students in action.