More than 100 youngsters
and teenagers are gaining confidence and team building skills this summer at
the fifth annual Lee County Junior Deputy Camp at the sheriff's office.
"My favorite part of the
camp is the obstacle course, I liked the wall," said Eli Walters.
"Just this whole camp is
the most exciting thing ever," said Hailey Smith.
"The best part of the camp
is building this rapport with our young people so when we go back into the
schools they trust us and come tell us if something may be happening in our school
which helps us keep it safe," said Corporal Pam Revels, Lee County Sheriff
School Resource Officer. "We also do a lot of character building and talk about
honor, pride, respect and team work."
"We talk about honor and
pride and you always have to have pride,"
said Tanner Jennings.
"Even though nobody is
looking, you still can do the right thing," said Lydia Green.
"You get to learn how to
be a police officer and train," added MaKayla Gailick.
"We have an opportunity to
reach out to our young people and so many of them face so many obstacles and we
want them leaving here with self confidence so they don't fall onto the wrong
path," added Cpl. Revels.
Campers have to pay a small fee of $20 to participate, if a camper
can't afford it Sheriff Jones makes sure they can attend. The rest of the money
is paid for through the sheriff's office, so they are always looking for
individual and business donations to keep this camp growing and going.