Summer camp equips students for upcoming school year
Campers in the Summer Youth Achievement Program received backpacks filled with school supplies this summer, ensuring that more than 65 middle schoolers were well equipped for the new school year.
Kids 10 to 14 are referred to the program by their guidance counselors and others, said Charles County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. William Welch. The sheriff’s office and Charles County Public Schools have held the camp for more than a decade. There are traditional camp activities and field trips with discussions held about leadership and how to interact with police officers. By the end of camp, each student is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation — CPR.
“It’s not just sports,” Elijah Pender, a John Hanson Middle School seventh grader, said. “You get to learn stuff too. Actually, I learned a lot.”
School resource officers run the camp and hope to connect with students.
“I really like how we stay active and not bored,” said Regine Walker, a sixth grader at Mattawoman Middle School. “I’ve learned a lot of inspiring things that will help us be successful.”
A group of middle-school aged students took part in the Summer Youth Achievement Program in July. The camp is run by Charles County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers and is a partnership between the sheriff’s office and Charles County Public Schools.
Brian Beverly, right, an eighth grader at Matthew Henson Middle School, helps out Officer Sheilagh Cook, SRO at Maurice J. McDonough High School, by tying her shoe during a break at the Summer Youth Achievement Program held at St. Charles High School.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. William Welch, right, talks to campers at the Summer Youth Achievement Program held at St. Charles High School.
Sheriff’s officers James Thompson, left, and Patrick Mann clear the kickball field at the Summer Youth Achievement Program at St. Charles High School. Thompson is a SRO at Theodore G. Davis Middle School and Mann is the SRO at St. Charles.