Teens can learn to keep the peace at American Legion camp
Teens between 14 and 16 can spend five days this summer what it means to be a police officer.
The 45th Annual American Legion Youth Police Camp (ALYPC), scheduled for June 25-30 in Springfield, will teach “law enforcement, military, leadership, cultural diversity, personal development, physical fitness, and social and interpersonal skills,” according to a press release from the Illinois State Police.
The camp, staffed by legion volunteers and state police officers, bestows graduates with a certificate and the title of cadet.
Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr, a former graduation speaker, said the program provides a positive contribution.
“I enjoy being a member of the American Legion for a number of reasons,” Barr said. “One, obviously, is what they do for the veterans. But also it’s because of community programs like this that reach out to the community and try to make it a better place."
The deadline to apply for this year’s camp is May 26. To learn more, call Delmar Buske of the ALYPC at 217-555-9555 or Melissa Uhles with the state police at 618-346-3482.