Wendell police officers are looking for children to fill vacant slots in this summer’s Camp Choices.
The department started the camp in 2010 to support children in and around the Wendell community.
Camp Choices is open to for kids 9-12 years old. It offers sports and athletic activities combined with interactive programs regarding drug and alcohol prevention and Internet safety. The activities are designed to teach teamwork, respect, appreciation for others, self-reliance and confidence, according to Wendell police Chief Bill Carter.
There is no charge to attend the camp thanks to a grant from the Wake County Board of Alcohol Control. The Wendell Parks and Recreation Department provides the facilities and leaders the athletic events.
The camp runs Jul 22-26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. Meals and afternoon snacks are provided each day.
Carter said members of the police Ddpartment are excited to sponsor the camp again. “From talking to the participants about making the best choices, to trying to avoid a dodge ball, the police officers, administrative personnel, Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers enjoy the opportunity to interact with the youth of our community,” Carter said.
Carter notes that many former participants are returning as counselors and families are continuing to send their children each year.
Applications are available at the Wendell Police Department, at 9 S. Pine St., Wendell. The deadline to register is Friday, June 21. There is space for 50 campers.For information, call 919-365-4444.