Summer camp equips stu­dents for up­com­ing school year

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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.”

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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.

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