A week-long excursion to the Ganaraska Forest has generated new friendships and closer bonds between police and youth at a recent camp, funded by ProAction Cops & Kids.
Ten girls and five officers spent the week partaking in team building exercises, problem solving and nutrition workshops and various adventure activities that built up their courage and trust. Several DRP members and community partners also attended during the day to speak about self esteem, anger management and bullying.
The camp came to fruition when DRP School Liaison Cst. Sara Foote wanted to find a way to better communicate with teens in her area. Working with her fellow officers and school officials, the 10 lucky girls were chosen to attend.
“Initially I thought the main focus of the camp would be what we could teach them during their stay,” said Cst. Foote. “But without a doubt, I would say our officers learned as much from them as they did from us. It really helped us to understand what was going on with them and what their concerns are.”
All the participants came away with many new friends and resources that they can turn to in the future.
Special thanks to the Bowmanvillle Rotary Club for additional funding and to supporters from Ganaraska Conservation, Treetop Trekking, Trail Tours, Maple Crest Farm and Bethesda House.
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The girls learn to trust each other while trekking through the trees (JPG file, 359.8K bytes)
Cst. Foote on the trails (JPG file, 506.5K bytes)
The girls learn about bike safety when taking to the track (JPG file, 376.2K bytes)