The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has released photos from a summer camp that they held last month. Middle school students from throughout the county were invited to participate.
The event kicked off in Balboa Park. Attendees first participated in a scavenger hunt and were later invited to attend a Padre’s Game at Petco Park where they received the VIP treatment.
The SD Sheriff’s Department Champions Camp reportedly took place on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 27. Approximately 50 children were enrolled. The students, according to a department spokesperson, were recommended by community service organizations and schools throughout areas within the SDSD’s jurisdiction.
Camp participants were introduced to a wide variety of law enforcement areas including the Explorer Units, San Diego Fire-Rescue, the Crime Lab, Off Road Enforcement Team, the Bomb/ Arson squad, Search and Rescue and the K9 unit.
During the scavenger hunt, campers needed to solve clues and overcome challenges in order to collect their clues. Each clue led them to the next pit-stop and also provided a lesson about Balboa Park’s rich and vibrant history.
The Sheriff’s Department said they hold the annual camp as a means of promoting friendships, confidence and leadership. It also highlights the importance of making good life decisions. Sworn deputies are there to serve as role models and the department is hopeful that this will make kids more apt to turn to uniformed law enforcement members for help if they need it at school or while they’re on the streets.
This year’s annual Champions Camp was made possible through a $10,000 donation from Verizon Wireless. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has not yet announced the dates for the 2014 event