Eleven youth from the across Durham Region were recently selected to join four police officers for a ProAction Cops and Kids wilderness canoe excursion at Algonquin Provincial Park.
The four-day Durham Wilderness Adventure program had the youths challenging approximately 50 kms of canoe and portaging trails. In preparation for the trip they completed one day of team building exercises and one day of canoe training. Upon completion, the students received entry level certification through the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA). The group then embarked on a four-day canoe trip through Algonquin Park, paddling throughout the interior and setting up for three nights at different campsites.
The trip was a huge success with the entire group experiencing the challenging and pristine features of the Algonquin wilderness. The Durham Wilderness Adventure program is one of two annual outdoor wilderness adventure excursions run by the Durham Regional Police Service. A three-day white water rafting trip on the Ottawa River takes place in the spring.
Both programs are funded by ProAction Cops and Kids, an organization designed to break down any preconceived notions youth have about police and promote positive relationships between police and youth in our communities. The goal is to create an environment of mutual understanding and respect.
The trailer used to transport equipment for the trip was generously donated by the Police Appreciation and Dinner and Awards Night Committee, who host an event every October to raise funds for policing initiatives.
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