Kids become deputies at summer camp

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- Kids ages 8 to 12 have a chance to earn a sheriff's deputy badge this summer in Berkeley County as part of the annual deputy camp.

The camp runs from July 14 to 18, but is limited to the first 50 kids who turn in a signed parental consent form and the $75 registration fee. Registration for the camp runs through June 30.

Once signed up, kids will meet at the Berkeley County Emergency Services Training Center for training. Kid deputies report for duty at 8:30 a.m. each day and can be picked up again at 4:15 p.m.

Lunch will be provided by the sheriff's office.

Some of the exciting activities include a hands-on Forensics Program, DNR Hunting and Fishing Simulator, Special Response Team and K-9 Demonstrations, Basic First Aid, Fire Department demonstration, Music "N" Motion, and a trip to the Whirlin' Waters Adventure Water Park.

"Our children are our greatest asset. Through this camp they are encouraged in the way they should go while they are young so that when they are older they will not depart from it," officials said.

Checks can be made payable to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit. For registration or more information contact Sgt. Jimmie Ross, Jr. at 719-4713 or 723-3800 ext. 4713.