On August 27th, we went with our daughter to West Virginia University so she could attend the Academy Training Day sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin. We thought she won't like it but she actually had fun and made friends with some of the participants.
They were given a passport that each booth has to stamp so they went around and talk to people. Some booth gave each participants some freebies like shirt and nerf ball but other's just packet of information. They were also given an official shirt that they have to wear for the entire duration of the event.
I was just on the sideline observing how my daughter was interacting with people. She talked to her Dad every time she finishes talking to people.
It's interesting to know that the army and air force national guard will pay you to attend college if you signed up for their program. I think it's a good option if you doesn't qualify for the academy or you don't have a plan after high school. If I was given this kind of opportunity when I was young, I would have definitely took it.