Culver Woodcraft Camp
Waterfield Group chairman J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield is an active member of a number of professional groups and organizations. J. Randall Waterfield supports Culver Military Academy by serving on the Culver Summer School board.
Culver Military Academy offers summer schools and camps for over 1,350 children aged 7 to 17 each year. For the summer of 2016, they will offer a Culver Woodcraft Camp for both boys and girls ages 9 to 14. The camp, which lasts six weeks, offers over 80 elective courses as well as regular academic classes for English, Writing Composition, Reading, and Math, in the form of five 45-minute class periods a day Mondays through Fridays. Students may also attend one of five religious services each week.
Students are housed in A-frame cabins with ceiling fans and screened windows. One cabin houses up to 12 students and one counselor. The camp consists of approximately 700 campers, who are divided into four “Battalions” by age and gender. Three distinctive awards are given to those campers who achieve enough points in all phases of camp, including inspections, drill, and athletic participation, and show good citizenship and personal cleanliness. Campers begin with a Bronze Culver “C” and can be awarded with a Silver or Gold “C.”
J. Randall Waterfield belongs to Mensa, the international society for people with high IQs. The society provides J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield and its other members an opportunity to share ideas and socialize among highly intelligent people. For those seeking to learn whether they qualify for the society, or simply wishing to exercise their mental muscles, Mensa offers several ways to practice the type of material found on its qualifying exam.
The Mensa workout is an online test that anyone can take for free on the Mensa website. It is important to note that it is not an official qualifying exam since official tests are only given in a supervised setting. However, the test does give participants an opportunity to see the type of questions that are on the official exam as well as to get a sense of their own abilities. The practice test consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed within half an hour and is graded automatically immediately after completion.
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J. Randall Waterfield participates in a number of charitable activities including serving as a board member for summer programs at Culver Military Academies, a group of college preparatory schools in Indiana. The work that J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield does with Culver Military Academies helps young people learn academics, practical skills, and character in a supportive and structured setting.
The academies run a number of special programs for students designed to foster leadership abilities and good citizenship. One of these is the Global Pathways Spring Program. Students who participate in the program travel over their spring break to both foreign and domestic locations where they participate in worthwhile activities. For example, in 2015, some participants flew to Mexico to distribute school supplies to needy children, and others went to Mississippi by bus to participate in a group meeting with fellow young Christians.
Another special program that the academies run for their students is the Culture in Chicago program. Four times a year, a group of up to 45 students travels to Chicago by bus to enjoy brunch and then some kind of cultural event in the afternoon. Past events have included performances by the Chicago Symphony, special exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, and performances of Broadway plays like “Wicked.” The program allows students to take advantage of the rich cultural opportunities of a major metropolis through the guidance of Culver Academies.
An experienced leader in the financial industry, financier J. Randall Waterfield is Chairman of the Waterfield Group. J. Randall Waterfield also serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Culver Military Academy Summer School.
Culver Military Academy has helped young people gain knowledge, discipline, and leadership skills through a wide range of academy programs. One thing the Culver Military Academy emphasizes is leadership learning, and its new cadet system helps new students gain an improved understanding of the academy’s standards. The academy’s initial Orientation to Culver course allows students to become familiar with the practices of the school. The course leads to a qualification exam, after which students become full members of their assigned unit. After completing this program, they can gain new responsibilities, learning the value of leadership by supervising cadets and guiding them to new heights as students and people. Those who go through the system are offered the opportunity to take on more advanced leadership positions, developing skills that many people fail to cultivate before entering the workforce.
For 15 years, J. Randall “Randy” Waterfield has guided the operations of Waterfield Group and its subsidiary companies, spearheading investments across industries including technology, real estate, and merchant banking. An experienced financial business leader and former chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization New York City, J. Randall Waterfield lends his expertise to the boards of several institutions, including Culver Military Summer Academy.
Since 1894, Culver Academy has helped students grow into responsible, capable leaders by focusing on intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth. Located in Northern Indiana, the military boarding school offers a comprehensive academic catalog, including institutes for global studies and entrepreneurship, in addition to programs for arts and athletics.
Additionally, Culver sponsors numerous summer cramps to further support students’ ongoing development. The Culver Woodcraft Camp offers over 60 elective activities, spanning from academic courses and arts programs to nature studies, sports, and horseback riding, to children aged nine to 14. Culver’s Upper Camp caters to adolescents from ages 13 to 17, and offers aviation, horsemanship, and naval studies for both boys and girls. In addition to these six-week camps, Culver also holds Mini Woodcraft Camps in the fall and spring, as well as a five-day Junior Woodcraft Camp during the summer.