Challenge Academy cadets learn outdoor skills at Camp Decorah

CAMP DECORAH, Wis. (WKBT) — The Challenge Academy is reeling in the fun.

For the next three days, 72 cadets will camp at Camp Decorah to learn how to catch and clean fish.

Many cadets have never been fishing or camping before.

One cadet says he hopes learning how to fish will lead to a delicious meal tonight.

“I’m really excited because I’ve never been fishing before, well I probably have, but I forgot because I probably didn’t do well or catch anything at all, but I’m hoping I can catch a fish so I can eat it for myself,” said Cadet Jonathan Hughes-Pettigrew.

Cadets will also go on a ten-mile hike and receive their dog tags once they reach the top of the bluff.

Cadet Hughes says this is the moment he and his peers have been waiting for and he is glad Challenge Academy has given him “the courage to change.”

“Ever since I’ve been here, I’m really grateful for this academy, all the benefits, all that, they’ve really set me up for my future. I just want to give my thanks to the academy for even accepting me,” said Cadet Hughes.

Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fish Refuge joined the cadets on the camping trip to give them helpful fishing tips.