For the fourth consecutive year, officers and youth from at-risk-communities joined together for a ProAction Cops & Kids canoe excursion through Algonquin Provincial Park. The kids challenged themselves, travelling approximately 50 km by canoe and completing several portages.
Twelve youths from across Durham Region were selected to partake on the five-day wilderness adventure with four police officers. Working together as a team, the kids visited three different camp sites within the interior of the park, making new friendships along the way. They were taught wilderness skills, responsibility and teamwork and officers spoke to them about gang involvement, violence and drugs.
The kids came away from the program with a new found respect for themselves and the police as well as heightened self-confidence and self-esteem. They were given the tools and contacts needed to lead a pro-social and crime-free lifestyle back in their communities.
The Durham Wilderness Adventure is one of three outdoor wilderness and adventure excursions run by the Durham Regional Police. In January, a three-day trip for snowshoeing and dog sledding took place in Haliburton and in June, a three-day white water rafting trip took place in Ottawa.
All programs are funded by ProAction Cops & Kids. An organization that believes by establishing a positive relationship between police and youth it will strengthen our community today and in the future. This will help to cerate an environment of mutual understanding and respect.
Wilderness Adventure (JPG file, 30.7K bytes)