Cadet Life

Clubs and Organizations

Riverside Military Academy offers a robust variety extracurricular clubs, organizations, and activities for cadets to participate in. Participation in student groups provides opportunities for cadets to get to know each other while pursuing common interests outside of the classroom. Below is a list of some of the many opportunities available to cadets. 

Clubs/Activities/Community Service

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  • Airsoft Team

    Airsoft, scheduled to return to RMA in March 2022, is a military simulation team sport where players participate in small-unit mock combat with replicant military-style weapons and tactics. Airsoft uses 6mm round BBs made of hard plastic. Gameplay varies in style and composition but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, close quarters battle, historical reenactments, and more. All participants are required to wear eye protection. 

    Our cadets train on an outdoor airsoft course located on Riverside's campus as well as various indoor courses at off-campus locations. Learn more about RMA Airsoft and check out our Facebook page.
  • Aviation Program

    In Riverside's off-campus flight program, cadets may train to receive a pilot's license. Cadets have the opportunity to work toward and earn their Basic Pilot Certification in one semester and may work on advanced pilot certifications during following semesters. https://www.ng-av.com/
  • Cyber Eagles/Patriots

    The Cyber Eagles are a part of the CyberPatriot Program. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses-paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
  • Fishing Club

    Fishing Club members spend an afternoon each week learning various aspects of fishing from tying knots to boating regulations to water conservation and other practical lessons. Dues for the club cover member dues, Bass Pro Shops sponsored insurance, a Georgia Fishing License, Boaters Safety Classes and Card.
  • Horton Society / Peer Tutoring Volunteers

    Peer tutors are cadets who assist as academic leaders and tutors in the dormitory. They are selected for these important roles on the basis of scholarship and character.
  • JROTC Teams

    Riverside's Army JROTC teams include the Air Rifle Team, Color Guard, Drill Team (Fusiliers), and Raider Team. 


  • Raider Training

    The main objective of the Raider Training Program is weight loss achieved through proper nutrition and functional fitness. 
    The program consists of three pillars:
    Pillar 1 is Nutrition. We encourage participants to make healthy choices that are appropriately portioned when they are on their own and serve healthy, alternate meals (no fried foods, low-carb, etc.) for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week. 
    Pillar 2 is Fitness. This pillar is maintained by an organized and supervised fitness program that is age appropriate, challenging, fun, and effective. Each day during GSA, participants engage in a variety of high intensity-interval-training, cardio, and weight lifting routines. The program has purchased $1,500 of new equipment such as battle ropes, wall-balls, slam-balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings to augment the equipment in the Barracks Weight Room; this purchase was made possible by a program-grant funded by Wal-Mart. 
    Pillar 3 is Accountability. Pillar 3 consists of twice-weekly weigh-ins, personal goal setting, and TAC/Parent involvement. The desired end-state is that the participants lose weight, attribute their success to hard work and simple principles and that the lessons they've learned become part of a lifestyle change that will endure beyond their time in the program. We have the cadets eat as a group, away from the Mess Hall, so that they are held accountable by their peers in the group for the choices they make for each meal, as well as their progress towards personal goals. Long-term goals, supported by 'milestone' goals that are short-term, achievable goals, are also an integral part of the accountability pillar. 
    Success in the program is further incentivized by rewarding the 'biggest losers' from each week with healthy off-campus meals. 
    The cost of the program is $100 per semester.
  • Weight Training

    The weight training club's purpose is to educate and mentor cadets on all aspects of fitness and wellness to include physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness. Cadets receive guidance and coaching on nutrition, weight training, cardiovascular, CrossFit, flexibility, and various aspects of comprehensive fitness. Participants will also receive training and nutrition guidance from certified personal trainers and professional competitors in the fitness industry.

Co-Curricular Clubs & Organizations

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  • Band

    The RMA Band Program offers Military Marching Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Drum Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and various chamber ensembles.  Class ability levels range from beginner to advanced.
  • Bayonet Yearbook Staff

    Riverside cadets practice their photography skills while capturing photos of campus events from athletic competitions to parades and community involvement opportunities. They also learn how to use publishing software. Cadets then work with a faculty advisor to compile, edit, and publish an annual RMA yearbook called the Bayonet.
  • Eagle News Network - Video Production

    In this program cadets are exposed to fundamentals of filming, editing and producing their own videos. Taught by RMA Alumnus Zach Garrett, '11 cadets can enroll in a video production class that fits their daily academic schedule. The cadets have the opportunity to film or live stream important events on campus to producing the weekly news show, Eagle News Network (ENN).
  • Robotics Team – The Eagle Bots

    RMA is organizing a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team to start building starting January 2018 and compete in the spring. FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game changes yearly, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. 

Societies

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  • Honor Council

    Riverside's Honor Council is a peer-elected organization responsible for promoting the Academy's Honor Code: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate those who do."
  • Horton Society

    Students in the Horton Society are dedicated to performing good works and serving as ambassadors, both on campus and in the community. Cadets can be elected by their peers to this prestigious organization following a minimum of one year attending RMA.
  • National Honor Society

    Students in grades 10-12 are selected for the National Honor Society on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

    Members must be in the junior or senior class and have been in attendance for two semesters at RMA. The semesters need not be consecutive, and the summer session will be counted as a semester.
     
    Members of the RMA Chapter shall be those selected students who maintain a minimum weighted grade point average of 4.00 in core courses in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Foreign Language, and AP Computer Science (Georgia HOPE Core Courses) taken at Riverside Military Academy.
  • National Junior Honor Society

    Students in grades 7-9 are selected for the National Junior Honor Society on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.

    Members must be in the 7th, 8th, or 9th grades, and have been in attendance for two semesters at RMA. The semesters need not be consecutive, and the summer session will be counted as a semester.

    Members of the RMA Chapter shall be those selected students who maintain a minimum weighted grade point average of 3.60 in core courses in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and Foreign Language taken at Riverside Military Academy.  7th grade selection is only made during the spring semester, and a candidate must have achieved a minimum 3.75 grade point average to be considered.
  • Science National Honor Society

    The Science National Honor Society's (SNHS) goal is to engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America. The society encourages and recognizes scientific and intellectual thought, advances student knowledge of classical and modern science, communicates with the scientific community, and aids the civic community with its comprehension of science. SNHS also encourages students to participate in community service, and in turn, encourages a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all humankind.
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