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Friday, July 16, 2010
Youth Adventure Academy: Day 1
On July 12, 2010, Officers from the Amherst and UMass Police departments welcomed nineteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Amherst and several surrounding communities to the 2010 Youth Adventure Academy. .
The academy gives Officers and youth the opportunity to participate in a week of team building activities while also developing new friendships.
After being welcomed by Amherst Chief of Police Scott Livingstone and UMPD Deputy Chief Patrick Archbald, the campers were given a behind-the-scenes view of the Amherst PD. The campers were brought through the station and were able to view our dispatch center, detective bureau, records office, crime scene lab, and the jail.
Following the tour, the campers participated in their first team activity where they were tasked with dressing one of their fellow campers in full riot gear. During this activity, campers were reminded to communicate with one another, and they saw first hand the importance of paying attention to detail and of teamwork. .
As with past adventure academies, the highlight of the day was a trip to the UMass dining commons! As expected, most campers realized that their parents weren’t lurking nearby and made nothing but “quality” food choices. .
Following lunch, they made their way to the Norwottuck Visitors Center where they participated in many team building initiatives. Officer Arocho was able to dig deep into his games arsenal and he led the group through many new and exciting activities.
Day one of the academy was very successful, and campers promised that they would be back for day two to continue to challenge themselves further.
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