Personnel from Illinois State Police, local police and sheriff departments and the National Guard are spearheading a weeklong residency camp for Metro East youth.
The 10th annual Team Illinois Youth Police Camp will be held at Principia College in Elsah and will start on July 12. The camp will end July 18 with a formal graduation.
The camp’s goals are to establish interpersonal relations among youth and law enforcement officers 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.
The camp is a highly structured weeklong residency camp for teenagers age 13 to 16. It will be based on a military model of discipline and includes paramilitary 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 camp is sponsored by businesses, agencies and organizations.