Nine Durham youths recently had the unique opportunity to learn valuable life skills and bond with police officers on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park.
In early July, the week-long canoe expedition, dubbed the "Durham Wilderness Adventure," saw nine youth team up with three Durham Police officers. The second annual trip was designed to break down barriers between youth and police while building positive relationships and promoting healthy decision-making and active lifestyles.
The group was accompanied by a wilderness expert and each youth received a one-day certified training course in canoe operation prior to starting the trip.
On their trip, the group spent four days in Algonquin Park, paddling roughly 40 km. They stayed at three different campsites and the youth worked with police to navigate through the park, set up camp each night, collected firewood, portaged and cooked meals.
The interaction between the youth and police over the four days completely eliminated any barriers or preconceived notions the youth may have had about the police. The entire group worked as a team to complete the challenging tasks encountered in the wilderness. Additionally, they got to have a lot of fun!
The program is made possible through the support of ProAction Cops and Kids, Durham Regional Police Service and The Forzani Group.
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