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Published on May 10th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Sheriff’s Priority and Passion provides Life Skills, Education, and Recreation for Kids This Summer

Sheriff Leon Lott has a passion for youth; he believes it is everyone’s responsibility to provide opportunities for success in life for all. To that end Sheriff Leon Lott announces the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Kids Summer Camp schedule.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting a number of summer camps for various age groups in conjunction with the area school districts: Richland One, 2 and Lexington-Richland Five. Parents/guardians may now register your kids for various summer camps:

· Character Camp
· Stars of Tomorrow Camp
· Sports Camp
· Chess Camp
· Students Helping Our Community Camp
· Crime Scene Investigation Camp

The Sheriff stated each camp operates on a two-week period Monday through Thursday 7:00a-5:00p for each site. Camp fees are just $50.00 (except for Chess Camp the cost is $25) and are on a first come first serve basis. The maximum numbers for each camp will be 50 campers.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the summer programs build on the school-based curriculum, by offering positive activities to relieve some of the boredom over the summer months and increase their opportunities for social, cognitive, and interpersonal growth. The programs will involve students in a variety of educational and recreational activities. These programs help them to develop the important skills needed to be able to demonstrate respect for others, avoid gangs using the Gang Resistance Education curriculum, and deterring youth to abstain from using or participating in violence. The Sheriff stated that each camp has a different point of contact; please see the descriptions below for the schedule and how to sign up.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Camp Schedule:

1) Character Camp

Day Camp – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location of Camp: Richland District 1, Richland District 2,
Lexington/Richland Five
Contact info: Master Deputy Lisa Grazioli
803-309-4278
lgrazioli@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: St. Andrews Middle – June 13 – June 23
Blythewood High School – July 25 – August 4

Gender/Age: Male and female – Rising sixth graders
Cost: $50– snacks and lunches provided, but campers will be asked to bring bagged lunches on days of field trips.

Brief Description of Camp: Camp is designed to promote positive character building skills and good citizenship through interactive activities, field trips, and speakers. Topics include leadership skills, bullying prevention, internet and social media safety, and being a positive role model. Camp is limited to 50 students.

2) Stars of Tomorrow Camp

Day Camp – 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location of Camp: Richland District 1, Richland District 2, and Lexington-Richland District 5
Contact: Deputy Mark Weinschreider
803-518-9801
mweinschreider@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: Milcreek Elementary – June 13 – June 23
Joseph Keels Elementary – July 11 – July 21

Gender/Age: Male and females – 3rd grade through 5th grade
Cost: $50 – campers may be asked to bring a bag lunch for field trips

Brief Description of Camp: Campers will learn respect, team building, responsibility, discipline, making good choices, and healthy activity through recreation and diet. Speakers, field trips, and interactive games will reinforce the lessons learned; the D.A.R.E and G.R.E.A.T. curriculum will also be taught. Camp is limited to 65 students.

3) Sports Camp

Day camp – 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location of Camp: Richland District 1 and Richland District 2
Contact: Master Deputy Anthony Wilson
803-518-7978
awilson@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: St. Andrews Middle – June 13 – June 23
Dent Middle School – July 18 – July 28
Gender/Age: Males and females – 7th through 9th grade
Cost: $50

Brief Description of Camp: Students will be introduced to basic skills on a variety of sports, as well as receive instruction in the Gang Resistance Education Curriculum (G.R.E.A.T.). Field trips and speakers will also be woven into the sessions. Camp is limited to 50 students.

4) Chess Camp

Day Camp – 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Richland District 1, Richland District 2, and Lexington/Richland District 5
Contact: Senior Deputy Curtis Cannon
(803)-518-7974 or (803) 476-3319
Ccannon@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: Dutch Fork High School – July 11 – July 21
Dutch Fork High School – July 25 – August 4
Tournaments to be announced
Gender/Age: Male and female
Cost: $25

Brief Description of Camp: Camp is designed to introduce the game of chess to beginners. Campers will learn the rules of the game and the power of critical thinking. Hands-on activities, speakers, daily matches, and a end-of-session tournament will reinforce this game that students will enjoy for a lifetime. Camp is limited to 18 students.

5) “Leadership Camp”

Day Camp – 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location of Camp: Richland District 1, Richland District 2, and Lexington-Richland District 5
Contact: Senior Deputy Belton Timbers
803-309-5107
btimbers@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: A.C. Flora HS June 13 – June 23
A.C. Flora HS June 11 – June 21

Gender/Age: Male and female – 9th through 12th grade
Cost: $50

Brief Description of Camp: Campers will participate in a multitude of volunteer projects, providing various life skills (public speaking, community service, financial planning, etc.) as well as an introduction to law enforcement (explorers). Camp is limited to 15 students.

6) Crime Scene Investigation Camp

Day Camp
Location of Camp: Richland District and Richland District 2
Contact: Deputy Matthew Aul
803-309-5067
maul@rcsd.net
Web Address: www.RCSD.net
Dates: Crayton Middle School – June 13 – June 23
Kelly Mill Middle School – July 11 – July 21
Gender/Age: Male and female – rising 4th through 6th graders
Cost: $50

Brief Description of Camp: Campers will learn basic crime investigation skills through the use of math, science, biometrics, and critical thinking skills. The highlight of the camp is working a crime scene from start to finish utilizing paper chromatography, fingerprinting, face recognition, DNA, and other evidence-based practices. Camp is limited to 40 students.

Sheriff Leon Lott wants all citizens to know why we conduct these summer programs – as the programs offer our children a positive structured environment that will give them support and guidance, in hopes of keeping them on the right path while parents are working. Sheriff Leon Lott adds that this effort also lends the opportunity for the students to interact with deputies in a different environment – building an additional mentor and support system for our children. Parents should visit the website at www.rcsd.net for an application to the camp that is appropriate for their child. Applications can be mailed to:

Richland County Sheriff’s Department
SRO Division
5623 Two Notch Road
Columbia SC 29223
If you have additional questions please contact the SRO Division at (803) 518-7971.

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