Personnel from Illinois State Police, local police and sheriff departments and National Guard are spearheading a weeklong residency camp for youth from the Metro East.
The ninth annual Team Illinois Youth Police Camp will be at Principia College, Elsah, starting July 13. The camp will end with a formal graduation on July 19.
The primary purpose of the camp is to establish interpersonal relations between youth and law enforcement to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups; to mentor, encourage and foster positive behavior. Teenagers are at risk to drugs, violence and other societal pressures; the camp aims to help change lives and attitudes to help youth succeed and prosper.
The camp is a highly structured weeklong residency camp for teenagers ages 13 to 15. 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, team-building principles, and other life-enhancing skills.
Camp participants, called “Cadets,” 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 weeklong camp culminates with recreational activities, individual award recognition and a formal class graduation ceremony.
The TeamIllinois Youth Police camp is sponsored by businesses, agencies and organizations.