By ANNELISE DEMERS
This year the Warwick Police Department Leadership Camp has a new location - the Oakland Beach branch of the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs. The camp started Monday and runs …
By ANNELISE DEMERS
This year the Warwick Police Department Leadership Camp has a new location - the Oakland Beach branch of the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs. The camp started Monday and runs through August 19th. The camp runs from 7:30 a.m. till 6 p.m. The Warwick Police Department will do their activities and training from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is $100 a week which includes breakfast and lunch and is open to incoming 6th-9th graders.
This is the first year the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs is hosting the camp.
Lara D'Antuono, Executive Director of the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs, hopes that by bringing the program to the club more students will be able to attend because camp days are longer and so is the time period it will run from.
She hopes this will allow guardians who work during the summer or families who plan on taking a vacation a chance to have their children attend. The Warwick Police Department and Boys and the club have a long history of working together so both parties are excited for the program.
“I think it is a good opportunity to see what it, the police academy, is like on a smaller scale. They will work one on one with a police officer and learn what it's like to be part of a group and part of a team that you rely on. They will build confidence and gain some of the skills you need for life,” said Sgt. Mathew Moretti of the Warwick Police Department. Sgt. Moretti heads up the program for the department.
Campers will have the opportunity to complete police obstacle courses, CSI programs, and see what happens behind the scenes with a Police Officer. There will be a water rescue day that demonstrates what a water rescue looks like in the pool. Students will also be divided into groups and have the chance to decorate their own “platoon” flag that they will carry with them to the different activities. Each week will be different from the last and will revolve around team-building and law enforcement activities. Campers will also have the opportunity to become CPR and First Aid Certified if they choose. For an additional cost, campers can go on field trips to places such as Mystic Aquariums, Adventureland, the Southwick Zoo, and Battleground Z. Field trips vary each week, for more information on the price and exact dates of field trips you can visit the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs website.
“This camp is about exposing children to new things they might otherwise not have experienced,” said D'Antuono.
Space is limited to 18 slots per week and is on a first come first serve basis. You can sign up for one week or as many as they like.
For additional information and registration visit the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs website.
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