On Friday, July 19th through Sunday July 21st, ten area youth had the opportunity to “Camp with a Cop” at Oelwein City Park. The opportunity was opened up to youth ages 10 through 12.
Oelwein Police Officers spent the weekend teaching the youth various safety activities as well as team building activities. The attendees performed several activities where they had to learn to work together to accomplish a goal. The youth and officers canoed from Redgate Park to City Park, played flag football, set-up and tore down a camp site, pulled a gator around City Park and many more fun activities.
Attendees were also given safety presentations by the Oelwein Fire Department, the Oelwein Area Ambulance, the Oelwein Police Special Response Team and various other police staff instructors. Canoe safety, water safety, firearm safety and personal safety were some of the areas covered. Campers were also given guidance on being a good citizen, respecting themselves and others as well as service towards your community. Campers stayed in tents during the event and meals were prepared on site.
“The purpose of this event is to allow our area youth to interact, in a positive setting, with police officers. This allows them to break down any perceived barriers and makes them more comfortable approaching police officers. It also allows us a friendly environment to instill life skills in today’s youth” stated Chief Jeremy Logan. “Each officer that participated truly enjoyed their time with the campers and are already formulating the plan for next years event”.