Junior Operator Program

We encourage parents to get involved.

“Our youth are our future, teamwork and leadership must be crafted to instill the values that reflect those of our military.”

Youth learn how to read a map, plot coordinates, use a compass & find their location in the wilderness
Youth learn how to read a map, plot coordinates, use a compass & find their location in the wilderness
Our youth learn weapon safety in the home and in the woods. We add tactical gear to make it fun.
Our youth learn weapon safety in the home and in the woods. We add tactical gear to make it fun.
We give students practical application about the ethical hunting practices as taught in the Hunter safety course.
We give students practical application about the ethical hunting practices as taught in the Hunter safety course.
Our youth are taught basic survival skills, shelter construction, fire starting and safety, packing lists and signaling.
Our youth are taught basic survival skills, shelter construction, fire starting and safety, packing lists and signaling.
Students learn to confidently protect themselves against bullies & the legal/ethical requirements to keep them out of trouble.
Students learn to confidently protect themselves against bullies & the legal/ethical requirements to keep them out of trouble.

Instruction consists of the following:

  1. Weapons Safety & Marksmanship.
  2. Wilderness 1st Aid.
  3.  Navigation and map reading
  4. Survival
  5. Self defense against bullies
  6. Flag ceremonies
  7. Shop safety and proper use of tools.
  8. Fieldcraft, shelter, fire safety
  9. Improvised vehicle repair and recovery

6 thoughts on “Junior Operator Program

  1. When is your next class?. How long is it? How much? I want to send the 2 oldest granddaughters . Of course I have to talk the parents into it too.

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  2. Couple of questions… Do you guys travel and do kind of a MITT training? What’s the youngest age group you work with? When they come there is there lodging and meals provided? If you guys do MITT’s what would be the cost? What would be minimum class size requirements? What would be venue requirements (if not coordinated by yall)?

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    1. Yes, we travel often doing MTT’s. We have a relationship with a Mountain cabins for lodging, but camping is welcome and saves money. We have 3 options for meals: Students provide their own, we provide breakfast and dinner (preferred), or we hire a catering company.
      Typically we start at age 12 and up but exceptions have been made, and our class sizes need to be at least 12.

      For MTT’s we rely more on the host to provide life support & we focus on the training.

      For Training at our ranch we provide life support (food/hygiene) as well.
      Costs depend on location and amount of students.
      Thank you V/r,
      Team SOFAST

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  3. Hi folks. My son is 18 and is wrapping up his last year in high school. He has already completed his DEP program for the Marine Corp and will leave in August of 2018. He is a commanding officer in his JROTC program and has been on the rifle team, color guard and others. With that said would he take a junior operator course or do I need to look into a different class you guys hold. Not sure if Junior OPS is more geared for smaller/ younger kids.

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