Most teenagers never get to experience what it’s like to be a police officer, but starting July 9th, 2017 youth from the Metro East area will come as close as you can get. Personnel from Illinois State Police, local police, and United States Army are spearheading a week-long residency camp for youth from the Metro East area. The 12th Annual Team Illinois Youth Police Camp will be held at Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, and will start on July 9th, 2017. The camp will end with a formal graduation on July 15th, 2017.
The primary purpose of the Youth Police Camp: to establish inter-personal relations between the youth of this area and law enforcement in order to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups; to mentor, encourage, and foster positive behavior. All teenagers are at risk to drugs, violence and other societal pressures; hopefully, the camp will help to change lives and attitudes because of our intense desire to see our youth succeed and prosper.
The camp is a highly structured week-long residency camp for teenagers, male and female, ages 13 – 17. It will be based upon a military model of discipline and includes para-military drills, physical fitness exercises and classroom instruction on drug abuse resistance education, internet safety/cyber bullying, team building principles, and other life enhancing skills. Camp participants, are called “Cadets,” and are introduced to the philosophy of “Teamwork, Commitment and Pride.” Cadets utilize friendly competition and goal setting to learn a sense of accomplishment and esprit de corps. The week-long camp culminates with various recreational activities, individual award recognition and a formal class graduation ceremony.
The Team Illinois Youth Police camp is sponsored by numerous local area businesses, agencies, and organizations.