Friday, July 18, 2014
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office had 35 kids “in custody” the week of July 14 for its annual Deputies Camp in Moncks Corner.
The program is in its eighth year, and accepts every child that submits an application. During the week, kids met the Charleston County motorcycle and helicopter squads, learned animal safety with staff from Cypress Gardens, learned water safety from Berkeley County’s marine and dive team, and more.
“It’s to let them know what we do,” Sgt. Jimmie Ross said. He said most of the kids are repeat campers and, as the kids age out of the camp, they often return as counselors. “It’s so they know there’s a lot more things we do than lock people up.”
Camp signup usually begins in February or March, Ross said.
“I don’t turn kids away. If a kid wants to come, he’s going to the camp,” he said.