Legion Elite Academy was born out of a desire to provide an antidote to the distracted world in which our children live. We hope to bring real adventure and relationship into the lives of our cadets as a substitute to the artificial variety provided from movies, video games and social media.
Throughout the program, cadets learn how to defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. They learn weapon techniques. They learn survival skills such as knot tying, first aid and shelter building. As a team, they tackle challenges modeled on the military’s problem-solving obstacle courses. Using a leadership structure in which veteran students lead squads of seven or eight cadets, every warrior is encouraged, stretched physically and mentally, made to feel part of a team – and forever changed by their Legion Elite experience.
At Legion Elite, we believe effective leaders are good problem solvers. To develop problem-solving ability in all students, squads face challenges modeled on the U.S. military’s problem-solving obstacle courses. Whether it’s diffusing a “bomb,” removing “radioactive material” from a contamination zone or making their way through a “mine field,” campers are given an assignment, a time limit, and just enough materials and information that, with careful thought and teamwork, they can solve the problem.
The most successful teams are the ones whose leaders solicit input from all team members, carefully weighing and discussing solutions before deciding on a course of action. These problem-solving courses are not only a lot of fun for campers, they exercise leadership, followership, and teamwork in a way that few other evolutions can do.
Our aim throughout the program is to equip cadets with a toolkit they can draw upon no matter what the situation. A critical tool in that kit is self-defense because it creates leaders who can actively defend both themselves and others, and because knowing these skills creates a confidence in students that permeates everything they do. They learn self-defense techniques using knife, stick and open hand. They are trained in survival skills such as compass reading/land navigation, first aid and knot tying. We take the safety of our students in this training very seriously. Our martial arts/weapons instructors have a combined 100+ years of martial arts training. They are passionate about not only teaching campers the fundamental skills they need to protect themselves and others, but about making smart, safe decisions in handling weapons of any kind.
Warrior Camp is a unique 4-day program for kids ages 10-17. Held every summer in the high desert near Heber, Az., Warrior Camp blends self-defense with squad-based team challenges to mold campers into leaders who overcome challenges, push beyond perceived boundaries and learn to lead others with strength and confidence.