Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Summer is a time for camps.
Football, baseball, band, Scouts and churches all hold summer camps. It’s a means for kids to gain some structured activity through the long, hot months of summer and an opportunity to learn new things. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office held its annual camp this past week and introduced around 40 kids to the life of public safety officials.
“We hold the camp each summer to provide county youth the opportunity to learn more about the process of law enforcement and emergency services,” said BCSO Sergeant Jimmy Ross, the camp’s coordinator. “These camps help bridge that gap between the public and law enforcement and emergency services groups. Not just the sheriff’s office, but the fire department, EMS, and Department of Natural Resources.”
One of the camp presentations included the DNR teaching a class on boating safety.
The weeklong camp included classroom instruction, activities and two field trips, according to Ross.
“It also gives kids who may be interested in a career in law enforcement or emergency services a look at what those careers might offer,” he said.
One of those, Corbin Kokinda, 12, from Goose Creek and a student at Sedgefield Middle School said he signed up for the camp because this is what he wants to do when he grows up. Corbin’s father Dean Kokinda works in forensics with BCSO.
“I want to go into law enforcement,” Kokinda said. “I think it’s good to help out the community in need. This is what I want to do.”
Kokinda, also a Boy Scout added the camp also teaches kids a lot about alcohol and drug abuse.