DARE camp registration going steady

“Not bad, not bad at all.”
That’s how Fort Frances OPP Cst. Mark Boileau described the number of registrations for the upcoming Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) summer camp, which has been filling up at a steady pace since April 25.
“I’ve been away for training this past week, and I come back to see 14 or 15 new forms on my desk. Add that to the 24 we’ve already got and I’d say we’re doing pretty well,” Cst. Boileau said Monday.
Slated to run Aug. 21-25 at Sunny Cove, the camp is geared to district grade five/six students who participated in the DARE program during the 1999-2000 school year.
Cst. Boileau noted the parents he’s talked to have said their youngsters are “really looking forward to going [to the camp].”
Planned activities include a continuation of the DARE program as well as kayaking, crafts, woodworking, and team sports like volleyball. But it’s the former that Cst. Boileau think gets parents’ approval.
“The DARE program has credibility,” he noted. “It’s been in the classrooms and the school board has approved it–parents know what it’s all about.”
The DARE aspect will be explored through drug awareness presentations, team-building activities, and conflict resolution lessons.
Cst. Boileau also said the camp would be a good opportunity for kids to learn about police work beyond the anti-drug and community service aspects they’ve seen in the classroom.
“We’ll have the K-9 unit, the marine unit, and the emergency response unit dropping by,” he noted.
If registration keeps up at this rate, Cst. Boileau is hoping the number will hit the 75-student limit before the June 16 registration deadline.
Interested parents can register their kids at the Fort Frances OPP detachment. Cost for the camp is $100.
The DARE summer camp is a joint effort of the local OPP and the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) team. For more information, contact Cst. Boileau at 274-3322.