Last updated: June 25. 2014 1:08AM - 454 Views
By PAUL HANNAH phannah@civitasmedia.com

Last year's Junior Deputy cadets navigate a section of the obstacle course.
Last year's Junior Deputy cadets navigate a section of the obstacle course.
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While there are numerous summer programs held for children, the Sheriff’s Office is holding the only one that trains Junior Deputies. The second annual Junior Deputy Boot Camp will be kicking off on June 26 - 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Boot Camp is held in five locations throughout the county for children in each area. Southeast is the first location for June 26-28 and includes Lynx, Blue Creek, Cedar Mills, Wamsley, Stout, Rome, and the surrounding areas. Children ages 4 - 18 are eligible to participate in the program with registration being held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.

Boot Camp cadets will be broken into age groups and train in marching and calisthenics, before running through an obstacle course. The life squad, fire department, and Sheriff’s office will give presentations on drugs, bullying, auto safety, and other topics important to Junior Deputies.

Refreshments will be provided on the Thursday and Friday programs for each location with a graduation cook-out held on the Saturday.

“The answer for tomorrow’s problems can be found in our youth today,” Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said.

The Boot Camp had 385 participants last year at only three locations, and Sheriff Rogers expects for the program to be larger this year. The events are organized by volunteers working with the Sheriff’s Office.

The Junior Deputy Boot Camp is coming to West Union on July 10-12, Peebles on July 24-26, Manchester on July 31 to August 2, and North Adams on August 7-9.

For more information call the Sheriff’s Office at 937-544-2341 ext. 1.

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