HOW TO SUCCEED AT THE BLUEGRASS CHALLENGE ACADEMY
Following these suggestions can help ensure your cadet makes a successful transition from home life to a new life!
This is an incredible opportunity to re-invent yourself by leaving your past behind you and giving yourself a fresh start. Protect this opportunity by not disclosing or bragging about your past and any trouble you may have experienced. Maintain a positive attitude and think positive at all times!
FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
The first few weeks can be very difficult for candidates/cadets due to all of the below lifestyle changes. It is not uncommon for a cadet to want to QUIT our program during the Acclimation Period.
It is important for parents, guardians, family members, and mentors to stand firm and to encourage their teens to endure all of the changes and accept the ChalleNGe that they signed up to complete.
Remember, 22 weeks is a very short time compared to a total lifetime.
Cadets in the program can take advantage of an incredible opportunity to start over and build a better life.
WHAT ABOUT HOME SICKNESS?
No, applicants must be at least 16 years old and no more than 18 years old (the applicant can turn 19 years old before graduation day).
WHAT ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK?
Our cadets live in what is referred to as an “open bay” style dormitory with upwards of 50 other young adults. Candidates live with their peers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is little to no opportunity for privacy or quiet moments alone. If you are used to having your own room where you can shut the door and ignore the stress of interacting with other people, then this will be shocking indeed! Much like in the adult world, cadets will learn to cooperate with many different types of people.
WHAT ABOUT PHYSICAL FITNESS AND DIET?
The Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy is a physically demanding program and will include a daily period of physical exercise.. Cadets are strongly encouraged to begin getting into shape before they arrive on site, if at all possible. Begin by running or jogging for at least 20 minutes every day.
Well-balanced meals are standard for all cadets. We provide three well balanced, cafeteria style meals, prepared by a nutritionist, each day where the cadets will eat as a platoon. Two snacks are provided each day as well.
It is important for parents to encourage their cadet not to quit. All the hard work DOES pay off.