Since the end of the school year there have been several reports of teens and juveniles heading to jail instead of to their summer vacation for alleged crimes ranging from theft to vandalism to murder. It's for that reason one local sheriff's office is offering kids an alternative to a life of crime.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Summer Youth Camp provides a free daycamp of games and learning at Grifton and Bethel Schools .
Kids ages 8-13 years-old spend seven weeks with local deputies to understand why it's important to stay away from gangs, drugs and alcohol. Joy Langley with the Pitt County Sheriff Office says, "They may get influenced by maybe the older kids to do things they shouldn't do. So when they're bored they get into stuff, so we try to keep them busy and active for 10 hours a day."
The camp is made possible through a partnership with Pitt County Schools which allows the kids to attend for free. Right now they can only handle 70 kids split between the two schools.