Cadet Life

Clubs & 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 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. http://www.lanierflightcenter.com/flight-training/
  • Boy Scouts of America

    Riverside Military Academy's Boy Scouts can meet weekly with local Troop 26 of Northeast Georgia to enjoy fellowship and develop their skills. They also go on regular outings and camping trips. Many of our students have been able to become an Eagle Scout while attending Riverside. The Eagle Scout badge is the highest rank a young man can achieve in the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Community Service

    Riverside's community service opportunities, coordinated by our Commandant's Office, allows cadets to volunteer for a broad range of service organizations that make a positive impact in the community. Many of our cadets continue donating their time to community service projects during school furloughs.
  • Comprehensive Fitness Club (Weight Lifting Club)

    The comprehensive fitness 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.
  • Cyber Eagles

    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.
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  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) challenges coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in the U.S. It focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Riverside FCA members meet for a group Huddle at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. http://www.ghcfca.org/
  • Fencing Club

    Head Coach: Mr. Andrew Pedry
    Assistant Coach: Mr. Timothy Atwell
     
    The fencing team provide RMA cadets with an additional offering for physical education with the aim of imparting a martial spirit rooted in fair play which is becoming of a Riverside gentleman. Fencing straddles the barrier between gentlemanly elegance and masculine vigor in a way that Teddy Roosevelt himself appreciated. Our aim is to combine the confidence-boosting athletic experience common to competitive sport with the physical and social poise inherent in swordsmanship in order to bolster the cadets’ poise in the presence of society, male competition, and feminine virtue. Fencing demands speed, precision, endurance, balance, poise, timing and strategic thinking. The competitive fencing team is a full-time fall sport and a two-day a week club during the winter and spring seasons. Any cadet who demonstrates maturity and interest may practice with the club, competition is open to similarly qualified cadets in 9th-12th grades. Learn more about RMA Fencing.
  • 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.
  • Get Fit

    The main objective of the Get Fit 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.
  • Golf Club

    The Golf Club provides cadets of all ability levels the opportunity to hone their skills on a weekly basis. Cadets play at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville, Georgia during fall semester. Cadets also have the ability to purchase an annual golf membership that allows them to play multiple times per week (schedule dependent).
  • JROTC Teams

    Riverside's Army JROTC teams include the Air Rifle Team, Color Guard, Drill Team (Fusiliers), and Raider Team. Visit the JROTC Teams web page for more information.
  • Model United Nations

    Riverside Military Academy has a Model UN (MUN) Team affiliated with the social studies elective class US and World Affairs. MUN, as it is frequently referred to, is a public speaking, negotiation, current event and research simulation engaged in by thousands of middle and high school students around the world. Students, acting as UN delegates from a pre-selected country, compete in mock-UN council gatherings to pass their nation's resolutions. It is in many ways similar to 'speech and debate' or 'moot court' with international relations and current events focus. In that manner, it is a fantastic fit for Riverside Military Academy.
     
    Cadets unable to take the class may be able to participate in MUN competitions by coming to meetings scheduled during morning study time (OT) to practice and prepare for competitions, though priority will go to cadets enrolled in the course. MUN competitions, involving an outside cost, are not required for students taking US and World Affairs, and we will be engaged in many MUN style debates in class.
     
    RMAMUN will be advised by Mr. Andrew Pedry of the Social Studies department. Mr. Pedry spent a significant portion of his youth living overseas as a State Department dependent, has traveled abroad as a tourist (and RMA overseas trip chaperone), been posted to Okinawa and the South Pacific with the Marine Corps, was part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and served as a Fulbright Fellow to Montenegro with his family in 2012-2013.
     
    MUN is an opportunity for cadets to engage in an academic competition with other students, more deeply investigate the world around them, and learn to listen more carefully and empathize more deeply with their fellow cadets from around the world. Stay tuned for photos, updates, and more information by heading over to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Riverside-Military-Academy-Model-UN-1600790156656201/.
  • 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.
  • Russian Club

    Riverside's Russian Club gives cadets from Russian speaking backgrounds the chance to increase their linguistic and cultural understanding. Some club members were adopted from Russia and are attempting to recover language ability from their childhood. Other members are native Russian speakers and want to pass along their cultural knowledge to younger cadets in the club. A few others have neither Russian language background nor ethnic ties to Russia, but they want to learn one of the world’s most difficult languages.
  • Sailing Club

    Riverside's Sailing Club launched in Spring 2016 with cadets ranging from novice to 5+ years of sailing experience. The club meets at Lake Lanier Sailing Club where they sail in Club 420 dinghies under the tutelage of Lake Lanier Sailing Club Junior Sailing Program instructors.

    Cadets learn capsize drills, water safety, and other practical skills followed by hours of sailing on Lake Lanier. Club members also have opportunities to participate in sailing regattas that promote the enjoyment of sailing and skill development in young sailors.
  • Tennis Club

    The Tennis Club provides cadets of all ability levels the opportunity to improve their skills with a certified tennis instructor. The club meets three times per week and is open to cadets ranging from beginners to competitive.
  • Ultimate Frisbee

    This high-energy club sport is played every week during the Fall and Spring seasons. According to the USA Ultimate page, "Ultimate Frisbee combines the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football.” Cadets enjoy running and diving for the disc in this highly competitive sport. For more information see Coach Zach Garrett.

Co-Curricular Clubs & Organizations

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  • Band

    The RMA Band Program offers Military Marching Band, Football Band, three Concert Bands, three Percussion Ensembles, The Grenadiers Drum and Bugle Corps, The Commanders Jazz Band, Clarinet 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.
  • Chorus

    The RMA Men's Chorus participates in the Georgia Music Educators Association All State Chorus and 9th District Honor Chorus. They receive invitations to perform at various community events throughout the school year. Our chorus members also audition to sing the National Anthem at sporting events such as the Gwinnett and Atlanta Braves’ games.
  • CYBER PATRIOT TEAM – THE CYBER EAGLES

    Cyber Patriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of Cyber Patriot 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.
  • Drama/Theatre

    Our Performing Arts students enjoy performing a wide range of plays and musicals for Riverside and community members. RMA Cadets excel in the spotlight and have competed in regional and state competitions including the State Literary Meet.
  • Library Forum

    The Library Forum is a consortium of students who like to read, discuss, and think about different types of library media and management. They provide reviews of books, blogs, websites, and virtual tours for the student body of RMA. Forum members are engaged to maintain the Riverside Library collection through their community service hours. Students also manage the Library's book sale in order to supply the necessary funds for club activities.
  • 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. 
  • 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).

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.
  • National Junior Honor Society

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