Program Aims To Keep Kids Busy & Out Of Trouble

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.


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  • by Gray on Jun 29, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    This is a wonderful program. My granddaughter attends and only has nice things to say about it and the people who supervise. THANK YOU
  • by Beth on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM
    I saw the clip on WITN regarding the camps for children. The children appeared to be well supervised and having fun. If events of this nature will help turn some of the violence off, they my support and prayers are with all involved.
  • by Dave Location: (**K{]]||| ) on Jun 28, 2011 at 09:53 PM
    This is a total waste of time and dollars.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM in reply to Dave
      Why, tell us more wise one.
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      by Gray on Jun 29, 2011 at 02:29 PM in reply to Dave
      So Dave what have you been doing lately besides complaining in your POSTS????
  • by great on Jun 28, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    This is a great program, thanks to the Pitt County Sheriff for coming up with new ways to keep children out of trouble, and possibly steer them in the right direction. Finally something positive in the news.
  • by interested social worker on Jun 28, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    Does anybody have contact info. for this program? Do we just call Pitt Co. Sherrif's dept.?
  • by BLAHammed on Jun 28, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    I have a cure for this.Give lavon,data bouyee,bralow,saywha?>(what ever that means)a bunch of kids and see how they do.OOPS no wonder this world is ducked!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    NICE!Typical liberal nanny State.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011 at 08:04 PM in reply to
      Wait... what???
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