Summer Youth Achievement Program has camp in the bag

Summer Youth Achievement Program has camp in the bag

To cap off a successful month, campers in the Summer Youth Achievement Program are looking forward to going to Kings Dominion. But first, business. Backpacks filled with school supplies were handed out at camp Wednesday, 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.”

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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