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OPP Northwest region hosts youth summer camp

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region will be hosting the 6th Annual OPP North West Region Youth Summer Camp from August 19 – 24, 2012 at Sunny Cove Camp in the Rainy River District.
The Camp has been designed to offer youth leadership opportunities that will help foster a positive relationship with police and community for the purpose of building on self worth, identity, character building, self esteem, life skills and sense of community. There will be 10 OPP officers attending the camp as Camp Counsellors along with 40 children from across the North West Region, all at the age of 12 years. The camp will offer a valuable character building curriculum based on the teaching of Rachel’s Challenge. Each day will focus on teachings based on respect, integrity, compassion, kindness and perseverance built on a foundation of cooperation and teamwork. We have busy week full of fun and exciting activities planned for the youth such as a welcome barbeque with our friends of the Fort Frances Kiwanis OPP Specialty Unit day, a tour of Rainy Lake on houseboats, athletic “Olympics Day” full of land sports and swimming events, horseback riding and an Amazing Race scavenger hunt through the Town of Fort Frances. We will have a celebration ceremony on the last day of Camp before the campers depart for home.
Members of the OPP NWR with the support of the OPP Youth Foundation have funded the camp through fundraising efforts. Donations to the OPP Youth Foundation have been received from community members, some corporate support, grants and the support of the serving and retired OPP veterans.
There are 23 detachments including Administrative Centres and satellite detachments with the OPP North West Region. Each year, our Community Services Officers work with local community partners, organizations and schools to help identify children to who would benefit from a week at Camp. Some of the youth selected would not normally have an opportunity to attend camp. All children selected will benefit from the positive experience of attending the week of Camp.
The OPP would like to invite the media to attend the camp for photos and interviews. There are two days to choose from:
Monday August 20, 2012 – OPP Specialty Unit Day – including Emergency Response Team, K-9 Unit and motorcycle unit; outdoor orienteering, mock K-9 tracks and compass skill scavenger hunts.
Wednesday August 22, 2012 – Zumba class at 9:00am followed by Olympics Day with land and water sports.
If you would like more information, or are planning to attend, please contact Constable Anne McCoy at anne.mccoy@ontario.ca

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