How to Succeed
Success At Commonwealth Challenge Youth Academy
Following these suggestions can help you ensure your cadet makes a successful transition from home life to a new life!
Cadet and/or Parent Tips for Success
Several issues—ranging from homesickness, culture shock, and sleeping habits to exercise and food—may affect both the indidivual cadet, and family members.
We provide the following information for both parents’ and cadets’ success, to help ease the stress that sometimes comes with the transition to attending Commonwealth Challenge.
Information is available online to help deal with homesickness.
We recommend that you review some of this information in advance to better prepare you in the event that you do experience this feeling.
Commonwealth Challenge creates a structured, quasi-military environment that is quite different from home life.
Experiment with yourself, or your child, by going a day or two at a time without these luxuries.
Not only do the hours vary, but cadets ‘s sleeping habits are influenced by their barracks environment as well.
Prior to Intake day, we suggest that you test yourself by waking up at 5:30 a.m. for 2-3 mornings each week for a couple of weeks.
Cadets are strongly encouraged to begin getting into shape before they arrive on site, if at all possible.
The Academy will be physically demanding and will include a daily period of physical exercise.
Prepare now for the physical demands this program will require. Information is available online to assist with building up to a regular exercise routine.
We suggest you start working now to condition yourself for daily exercise.
TO CONSIDER Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is a great choice for most teenagers; however, not everyone is suited for this physically demanding program.
Well-balanced meals are standard for all cadets. This may differ from home eating habits for some 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. Candidates should prepare for a change in their eating habits prior to arriving.
It is important for parents to encourage their cadet not to quit. All the hard work DOES pay off.
Numerous excuses are offered by the candidate to QUIT our program.
It is important for parents, guardians, family members, and mentors to stand firm and 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.
Protect this opportunity by not disclosing or bragging about your past and any trouble you may have experienced in the past.
Think positive at all times!