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Memphis Police Department's Summer Camp

With the increased amount of juvenile violence across the country, the Memphis Police Department’s G.R.E.A.T. Unit, in an attempt to deter youth crime and violence, completed its 2007 G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camps at the end of July. The camps consisted of 2 one-week boys’ camps and 2 one-week girls’ camps. A combined total of 200 boys and girls (aged 12−14) attended these camps daily. In our effort to battle the influence of gangs and violence on youth and to prevent and intervene in delinquency, we have found that the approach must be holistic. As G.R.E.A.T. officers, the officers assigned to the Memphis Police Department’s G.R.E.A.T. Unit realize that life presents many temptations and obstacles that often hinder youth from developing to their full potential. The camps were designed to reinforce the concepts and objectives taught during the 13-week G.R.E.A.T. core curriculum. During the Memphis Police Department’s summer camps, the children learned about teamwork during the Awana games and how important it is to work together to get the job done. Our thrust was to build and strengthen sound character in the lives of at-risk young males and females. While attending camp, our children learned discipline and structure through strong guidance, therapy, and the appreciation of the consequences of their choices and resultant behavior. Our summer camps were beneficial to those youth experiencing problems with self-discipline, self-confidence, self-esteem, respecting authority, and personal responsibility. The camps also consisted of several outings that taught the children how to properly engage in social developmental functions. The children learned to develop constructive interpersonal relationships with peers and adults, participated in character-building courses and gang lectures, and received classes on sexually transmitted diseases from the Memphis Health Department. The Memphis Police Department has received several local accolades for hosting a summer camp that was full of enrichment and nurturing skills that are needed in order to assist our youth in becoming positive and productive citizens.

Memphis Boys Summer Camp
Memphis Boys Summer Camp
Memphis Girls Summer Camp
Memphis Girls Summer Camp
Memphis Girls Summer Camp
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