Kids sat on their sleeping bags and held their stuffed duffels early Monday morning in the parking lot of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Administration Building. They waited with their families for a big school bus, which would transport them to summer camp. They chatted about archery, camp food and friends at the Sheriff's Youth Ranch Camp in Inglis.
The voluntary program provides campers with opportunities to try new activities, learn new skills and make new friends.
Largo mom, Sherri McCarthy, said her son Collin was excited to head back to camp for the second year.
"Camp gives him the chance for some independence and the opportunity to develop his self-esteem," McCarthy said.
Nine Deputies will spend the week with 36 boys and 36 girls attending the camp to allow campers to interact with law enforcement in a positive manner. The camp also teaches children valuable teamwork skills through group living, group decision making and group building activities.
The camp was filled on a first come first serve basis and was open to all boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15 years of age. There is no charge to the families to attend the camp. Kids came from around the county including Clearwater, Dunedin and Largo.