Sponsor: Mrs. Kim Graves
Open to anyone
- Community programs/service
- Leadership and Character education
History: Lieutenant Colonel Danny Fenwick with the KY National Guard's Drug Demand Reduction Unit and Lieutenant Colonel Rondal Turner, was adressed by the Barren County Youth Services Coordinator, Allen Poynter with ideas that might persuade the National Guard to be involved with kids in the school system. LTC Fenwick and LTC Turner came up with the idea of a Jr.Guard Program.
The basic definition of the Jr. Guard program is a mentoring program between the KentuckyNational Guard and the school system. The program currently operates in 5 of the state's school districts. These districts include: Barren, Monroe, Cumberland, Lee, and Owsley, with new programs starting every year.Barren County was the first county in the United States to start the Jr. Guard program, with Monroe following right behind, as the second in the nation.Some more of the program's purposes are to have a variety of positive role models for students to promote a drug-free lifestyle, teach self-discipline, leadership skills, and other structured activities.
Jr. Guard also has a camp that its members can attend. This camp, known as FTX (field training excercise) Camp, is held once a year for all of the different programs to have a chance to get together and meet new people. In order for a member of this program to attend FTX Camp, he or she needs to meet a certain guideline for attendence, grades, and behavior. Monroe County started their Jr. Guard program in 1997, starting out with 25 students from the seventh and eighth grades. The graduating classes of 2003 and 2004 included 7 of those first 25. For members who graduate, the Jr. Guard program has certain guidelines so that they could receive a scholarship.