Football camp connects police to kids
Following in the success of their popular baseball camp, which has been held in Dundalk for the past three summers, the Baltimore County Police Department debuted a summer football camp last week at Dundalk High School.
The camp was organized by Spike McElfish, a North Point precinct officer who also oversees the baseball camp. McElfish is the head baseball coach at Eastern Tech and was also on the Maverick football coaching staff.
Like the baseball camp, the football camp focused on helping at-risk and underprivileged children (while open to everyone) of ages 8-14 and was free of charge.
During the camp, the first part of each day focused on skills and drills practice, then the campers would break up into separate teams and play a scrimmage game of flag football.
The two camps are part of the Department’s Operation Connect, which seeks to engage the community through activities run by police officers.
Other activities include the “Bike with a Cop” program, community cleanups and community barbecues.
County Executive Don Mohler participated in the cap on Friday, showing off his passing touch as he threw passes to the campers during a receiving drill.
“We always look for ways to see what we can do to focus on public safety in a positive way,” Mohler said. “It’s an effort to get the police department more involved with youth programs. It really lets the young people see a different side of a police officer.
“This gets kids to see police officers in a positive light, and can be a real significant game-changer in the community. Seeing the looks on the kid’s faces is really gratifying.”
Without much of a pass rush, the instructor playing quarterback had plenty of time to scan the field for an open receiver.
A camper cuts inside the defender to catch a pass from county executive Don Mohler during the football camp at Dundalk High.