Date: June 13, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Youngsters Encouraged To Sign Up For Cops Silver Star Youth Camp

Youngsters in search of summer fun and festivities are encouraged to sign up for the PCSO COPS Silver Star Youth Camp that begins next week. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcome on Monday, June 23, 2003 (first day of the week-long camp).

The COPS Silver Star Youth Camp is designed to promote positive relationships between PCSO deputies and children in the community. Using popular summertime activities and festivities, COPS deputies hope to inspire imaginations as well as promote self-confidence and teamwork during the camp. The camp runs June 23-27, and is held at the Trinity Christian Center on County Road 540A in Highland City.

PCSO COPS deputies operate the camp, with each deputy working as either a camp counselor or a program instructor. This enables deputies and campers to work together and build relationships. Through these positive interactions, deputies help build a positive image within the communities they serve.  Camp activities include counselors hunt, capture the flag, and Camping Olympics.

Educational programs include archery, outdoor skills, water safety, fishing, and science and nature classes. Field trips are planned to such venues as museums, aquariums, and baseball spring training. All programs, classes and field trips are designed to encourage learning and help kids to expand their horizons.

Operational costs for the Silver Star Youth Camp are covered by partnerships with county agencies, community sponsorships, donations, grants and registration fees.  The registration fees are kept affordable - at only $10 per camper for children ages 8 - 12 years old  - to help make the camp available to all interested families. Breakfast and lunch are provided for the kids every day courtesy of the Polk County School Board.

To request a pre-registration form, call the PCSO Southwest District substation at 499-2400. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES OF THE CAMP ACTIVITIES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. CONTACT PIO MICHAL SHANLEY AT 534-6631 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
 

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