Photo of ROTC cadets with Cam the Ram

CSU Army ROTC offers a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities that aim to connect the program with our campus community and foster a well-rounded ROTC cadet experience.

Clubs

Ranger Challenge

Compete against other ROTC schools in the Rocky Mountain Region in the 10K Foot March, One-Rope Bridge River Crossing, M-16 Assembly, and more.

Orienteering

The Orienteering Club provides opportunities for cadets to learn and practice their land navigation skills. This helps prepare cadets for land navigation at Advanced Camp and beyond and is a critical skill for an officer. Orienteering meetings take place year-round and include classroom instruction, practical exercises, field training, and competitions.

Valor

Valor is the only Christian group affiliated with Army ROTC and Airforce ROTC. During joint meetings between Army ROTC and Airforce ROTC, cadets focus on studying the bible to learn about Christ in both civilian and military life.

Cadet Fund

The Cadet Fund is responsible for the funds specifically allocated to Cadets for training purposes and leadership development. The cadets also propose ideas for fundraising and community engagement for Army ROTC at CSU.

Scabbard and Blade

Scabbard and Blade is a Military Honor Society that is centered around engaging with the community through volunteering. Some of the volunteer events and organizations that CSU Army ROTC has worked with in the past are: Habitat for Humanity, FOCO Rescue Mission, the Food Bank for Larimer County and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Bataan

The Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands Missile Range is a competition that brings over 8,000 participants from all over the globe to honor the service members that were forced to march 65 miles to confinement camps in the Philippines during the Bataan Death March. Cadets have the opportunity to train for and participate in the Memorial Death March during Spring semester.

Activities

Ramtown

Ramtown is a volunteer organization that works collaboratively with the CSU athletics program to set up inflatables for kids during football games tailgates. It is an excellent form of community outreach for the battalion, and one of the few chance’s cadets get to interact with the community while in uniform.

Color Guard

Color Guard is a service opportunity for cadets to represent the CSU ROTC program. The Ram Battalion’s Color Guard is tasked with providing a four-man detail for sporting events, graduation ceremonies, and VFW special events. Participating in the Color Guard is an excellent opportunities to engage the community and learn valuable drill and ceremony movements.

Bronze Boot Run

The Bronze Boot Run is an annual tradition that takes place the week of the CSU vs. University of Wyoming football game. Cadets run a relay for the 39 miles between Fort Collins and the Wyoming border. The Bronze Boot was first awarded as a trophy in this football series in 1968, but the rivalry dates back to 1899 and is one of the oldest traditions in college football.

Cannon Crew

Since 1920, Cannon Crew has fired the cannon on the sidelines to support the Rams every time they score. Cannon Crew carries on the Field Artillery Lineage of the CSU AROTC program back when CSU strictly commissioned Field Artillery Officers. The Cannon Crew is at every football game, brought to the border for the Bronze Boot Ceremony, and other university events. We fire “Comatose”, a WW1 era 75mm Field Gun made in 1918.

Push-Up Crew

The Push-Up Crew is a great opportunity for cadets to represent the Ram Battalion in front of a large crowd. Every home game our cadets do push-ups in the endzone for every point our CSU Rams score during the game. This crew is a longstanding tradition for CSU Rams.

German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

The German Arms Proficiency test is a two-day event in which cadets test their marksmanship, swimming ability, physical fitness level, chemical warfare proficiency, and road marching capabilities.  Cadets have the opportunity to achieve a bronze, silver or gold badge. This badge is unique in that it is one of the few honors cadets may wear on their uniform following their commission from the program.