GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A summer camp aimed at bridging the gap between youth and law enforcement rolled on Wednesday.
The Marcus Whitfield Youth Camp hosted more than 120 middle and high school students from all areas of Greenville County at Berea High School.
Campers learn about more than just beating the heat. Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders serve as counselors and teach lessons on loyalty coupled with learning more about making the right choices and being a positive force in their neighborhoods.
“This is a camp that was started after marcus whitfield died in the line of duty in 1999. His parents have really been the groundbreaking people of this camp which is a camp that has been an outreach to the community,” said Sgt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office.
“I just like learning about all the lessons they have to teach us. Everyday we have a different word we need to learn so it’s really cool learning new things from a different perspective,” said Breasia Robinson, a rising freshman at Greenville High School.
For the camp’s 18th year, the “hands on” element is “A Day in the Life…” which is meant to train campers in CPR and other tasks performed by first responders.