Thanks to a generous grant from the Lanza Foundation of $65,000 the Greenburgh Police Department will be reinstituting its Summer Youth Camp Program for 2009. The camp is a free, seven-week day camp, which will begin on Monday, July 6th and end with a graduation ceremony and barbecue on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 Daily camp hours will normally be 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. although these hours may be altered somewhat on days when field trips or other special activities are planned. Parents will be notified at least seven days in advance of any change in the daily schedule. Unless otherwise advised, campers should bring their own lunch.
This camp started in 1997. However, last year it was discontinued because of budget restraints. Thanks to the Lanza Foundation – 100% of the costs associated with the camp will be paid for without taxpayer dollars.
This year’s program is expected to accommodate 20 to 24 children between the ages of 12 and 17. The camp will, in essence, be a junior police academy where youngsters will be placed in a setting similar to that experienced by a police recruit. The seven-week course will consist of physical training and classroom instruction in law and other related topics. Guest lecturers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service and other areas within the Criminal Justice System will present an overview of their agency’s operation. Demonstrations by specialized police units and field trips to courts and other criminal justice institutions are also planned. Contemporary issues such as alcohol and drug abuse shall also be addressed and students will participate in various role-play scenarios, which illustrate the practical everyday problems faced by law enforcement officers. Campers will also receive instruction and certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Water Rescue by police instructors.
Persons taking part in the program will be provided uniforms, law books and other materials necessary for participation in camp activities. A graduation ceremony for campers, their parents and siblings is planned for Saturday, August 22nd.
The goal of this program is to expose your son or daughter to various law enforcement careers while developing academic ability and self-esteem. Campers will come away from the program with meaningful skills and a better understanding of the criminal justice system and its potential as a career.
Applications and Medical Clearance Forms should be returned Police Headquarters for processing no later than Monday, June 8th. Notification to parents and guardians as to whether their child has been selected will be forwarded no later than Wednesday, June 17th. Applications may be obtained at the following locations:
Greenburgh Police Department Greenburgh Housing Authority
188 Tarrytown Road 9 Maple Street
White Plains, New York 10607 White Plains, New York 10603
Theodore D. Young Community Center Office of the Town Clerk
32 Manhattan Avenue Greenburgh Town Hall
White Plains, New York 10607 177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, New York 10607
Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Union Baptist Church
11 Olympic Lane 31 Manhattan Avenue
Ardsley, New York 10502 White Plains, New York 10607
First Baptist Church of Elmsford Greenville Community Reformed Church
N. Lawn Avenue & Payne Street 270 Ardsley Road
Elmsford, New York 10523 Scarsdale, New York 10583
Please call 682-5340 should you have any questions concerning the program or about completion of this application. If you would like the town to place camp applications at other locations – we will do so.
The programs held in previous years were tremendous successes. This year we look to build on that success to provide an even better program for your youngsters. I would like to thank Police Chief John Kapica for starting the program way back in 1997 and for his hard work making the camp a success. One of the first graduates of the camp, Herman Killiebrew is now a police officer. Officer Killiebrew was hired in 2006.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
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