As a D.A.R.E. officer, you probably know a D.A.R.E. student who inspires his or her peers to stay drug free through their example, integrity and life choices. Why not nominate this deserving student to win an exciting Montana Adventure trip sponsored by the 5.11 Light for Life Foundation? If your student wins, so do you.

A total of nine students (three per trip) and one parent or guardian will receive:

• Round-trip airfare, ground travel, and a three-day, two-night stay in the luxurious 5.11 Tactical lodge outside of Billings, Mont., near the Big Horn River
• A visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, the site of Custer’s Last Stand
• A guided fishing trip down the Big Horn River
• Wilderness adventures, including a hike with 5.11’s new Light for Life UC3.400 Flashlight
• Wonderful food, fun activities and a chance to make new friends

A team of professional recreational specialists will host the families during their stay at the lodge. Student/parent trips will take place this summer, followed by trips for the officers. D.A.R.E. goals, guidelines, and curriculum will be followed throughout the trip.

The nine sponsoring officers (as one group) will be awarded:

• Round-trip airfare, ground travel, and a four-day, three-night stay in the five-star 5.11 Tactical lodge
• A shooting competition at the official 5.11 Tactical Montana Range Facility
• A full day of trout fishing, led by a professional guide, on the world-famous Big Horn River
• A tour of Little Bighorn Battlefield, the historic site of Custer’s Last Stand, and other leisure activities
• Delicious food, relaxing five-star accommodations, great scenery and a chance to meet peers from across the country

How to enter

Choose a student between the ages of 10 and 12 who is currently in or recently graduated from D.A.R.E. In a typed essay of 1,000 words or less, clearly describe why the child should be selected for this recognition. Detail the reasons you consider this student to be exemplary and deserving of this award. Point out applicable positive characteristics, situations or examples. For complete submission details, visit


What is the 5.11 Light for Life Foundation?

5.11 Tactical Series will introduce a revolutionary new flashlight this spring. It uses no batteries, charges in just 90 seconds, and shines at 90 lumens for 90 minutes per charge. In bright mode, it shines at 270 peak lumens. Called the Light for Life UC3.400, the flashlight is rated for 50,000 charge cycles (that equals one charge a day for 135 years) and has no memory degradation issues. As the world’s first “battery-less” flashlight, it’s green, lightweight, cost-effective, and lasts practically forever. It is the only flashlight an officer or family may need for a lifetime.

As part of 5.11’s efforts to give back to the community and world, the company has created the 5.11 Light for Life Foundation. 5.11 recently formed a partnership with D.A.R.E. in order to serve both Law Enforcement and the community at large.

The mission of the 5.11 Light for Life Foundation is to promote the health and well being of deserving children and their families by providing outstanding outdoor recreational activities, educational opportunities, scholarships and other beneficial programs in conjunction with Law Enforcement organizations with the same mission.

5.11’s new Light for Life flashlight is designed to last for generations to come, and so will D.A.R.E. and the children we hope to positively influence with the Life for Life Foundation – sending youth out to be “positive lights” in their communities.

The Montana Adventure contest is an outstanding opportunity to recognize a student who serves as a positive role model in their school and/or community and exemplifies the principles of D.A.R.E. Nominate your deserving student today! To learn more about 5.11 Tactical, visit