Following the indefinite closure of the resident portion of the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in Guernsey, Wyo., on Sept. 13, staff have worked tirelessly to provide continuing education options for affected cadets. Three states have offered immediate placement in their program, and one has offered… Read More »Four Challenge Programs in Various States Offer Placement for Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Cadets
Following the decision to curtail the residential portion of Class 46 and eventually close the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy located at Camp Guernsey, the staff continues to provide options to cadets and their guardians for their academic success.
The Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy (WCCA) will shut down for an indefinite time based on the inability to recruit and retain staff. Shutdown procedures are underway, and all cadets will return home by October 1.
The Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy, via the Wyoming Military Department, has formalized an agreement with Number 34 LLC, a counseling firm based in Torrington, Wyoming, to provide substance abuse counseling for students enrolled at the academy. The agreement allows WCCA to refer families to Number… Read More »WCCA enlists Number 34 for substance abuse services
The first “family day” of the year for WCCA was March 19, 2022. Watch as families reunite and listen to one mother’s experience on how much change she already is seeing in her son.
Wyoming Military Department responds to recent remarks made about conduct at Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy
By Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Military Department (WYMD) has been made aware of recent allegations made by a former employee of the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in a video press conference held Monday. The former employee claimed WCCA cadets… Read More »Wyoming Military Department responds to recent remarks made about conduct at Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy
Community service fits into a rigid 22-week schedule, during which time a cadre of 13 sergeants teach “quasi-military” traditions, structure and discipline, Reyher said. The early days are filled with intense physical training, and marching. “There’s a lot of team building especially in the first… Read More »Wyoming teens Cowboy Up
Guided by the National Guard Bureau’s standards of the eight core components, 32 of the 59 cadets earned their high school equivalency certificates, formerly known as a GED. They completed 3,277.5 hours to community service, which averaged 56.5 hours per cadet, the overall value of… Read More »Challenge graduates largest class
Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy Class 39 cadets will graduate June 15 at 1 p.m., in the Eastern Wyoming College auditorium, 3200 West C Street, in Torrington.
Graduating cadets from the Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy’s Color Guard Club conducted their last Reveille ceremony with a bang. Since reinstating Reveille and Retreat ceremonies at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center a few months ago, the cadets have taken on the honor of raising and… Read More »ChalleNGe Academy color guard goes out with a bang
He started the wheels rolling on the idea, and like most government work, the process has evolved slowly, but on Aug. 15, at Camp Guernsey, Med Det doctors, nurses, and physician assistants, along with personnel from the department of health, the American Red Cross and… Read More »Med Det increases Guard’s value to state
Two of the original employees at Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy were celebrated Jan. 18 during a retirement ceremony at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center. Holloway said he got many requests, and has already promised current cadets he’d attend their upcoming graduations. “Young people are great,”… Read More »ChalleNGe Academy pioneers retire
The four participating graduates returned to Camp Guernsey for three weeks. During that time, they not only built two guard shacks to be used at entry control points at one of the training areas, but also helped mentor and train cadets at the Camp Guernsey-based… Read More »WCCA, WCA partner to improve Guernsey training area
The story of Wyoming’s Cowboy Challenge Academy: Candidates, to cadets, to confident young men and women
A level of uncertainty is expected upon entering the program. The 52 candidates of Class 32 who reported to the program Jan. 8 were no exception.
On Jan. 2, Tyger Rodriguez, 17, of Torrington, Wyoming, found himself in unusual circumstances. He was adorned in handcuffs, shackles and an orange jumpsuit, seated in the backseat of a patrol car, and escorted to various appointments by local deputies in hopes of being accepted into the upcoming Wyoming Cowboy ChallNGe Academy class starting Jan. 8 at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center.
Seven weeks complete. Fifteen remain. A daily routine has been achieved, but the ultimate goal, to graduate the 22-week in-residence program June 10, is still being worked toward.
Wyo. Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy candidates of Class 32 dump their past, determined to drive to a brighter future
Every 30 minutes, another handful of Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy candidates, along with their family, filed into the Wyoming Army National Guard’s 213th Regional Training Institute in Guernsey.