Lawrence A. Sims Post 2269
Veterans of Foreign Wars and

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary

Wixom, Michigan 48393

Day of Challenges

The 2015 Day of Challenges Program will be conducted at Mich. Tech. Univ. in Houghton Mi. tentative date is February 28th. The competitive events are conducted at the University Student Development Complex, followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony in the ROTC gymnasium.

Day of Challenges is a one-day Michigan youth activity program sponsored by the Dept. of Mich. V.F.W. with local support from VFW District 15 and VFW posts throughout Michigan. The Michigan Tech. Army and Air Force ROTC units host the event jointly. The University Army ROTC 3rd year cadets plan, organize, and conduct the challenge events as a graded leadership development exercise. They receive support in this exercise from Air Force and Army ROTC student volunteers who serve as team leaders, scorekeepers and facilitators. Professional Army and Air Force staff supervise the planning and execution of the Day of Challenges along with the VFW Program Director.

The program is designed to challenge teams in physical fitness, coordination and leadership as a group. The Junior Division (grades 5, 6, 7 and 8) and Senior Division (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) teams are limited to 6 members. Disability is accepted in team memberships. A maximum  of 30 teams may compete in the program due to facility constraints. Events included are fitness test, obstacle course. swimming, and other events that are added as cadets may design. Leadership reaction is tested on each team using limited equipment to solve simulated hazardous scenarios.

The program is marketed by mailings to school principals with return mail and on-line registration from those schools desiring to participate. Teams represent their schools, with some arriving by school bus. For teams traveling great distances overnight "camping" accommodations may be available on campus.

Team event awards will be presented in each division. The top scoring team in each division will be presented with an engraved traveling trophy that can be displayed in their school until the following year. In addition, all team participants will receive a Day of Challenges Certificate of completion, a custom t-shirt and a VFW State Commanders Pin. The Iron Trophy is awarded to the top scoring boy and girl in each division.

More information is available at mtu.edu.rotc/dayofchallenges.