Students can apply now for Mountie Camp in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley RCMP and School District 71 Work Experience Program are preparing for Mounted Police Camp 2013.

The Comox Valley RCMP and School District 71 Work Experience Program are preparing for Mounted Police Camp 2013.

Mounted Police Camp became a reality in 1996 and has been held around spring break every second year at HMCS Quadra in Comox.

This is a week-long simulated “depot” experience that is offered to 60 high school students in Grades 10 to 12. The students are lodged on a 24/7 basis during the camp and are in a dormitory-type setting.

This has been a popular and well-attended camp, there are also approximately 65 RCMP members who volunteer their time and knowledge for the camp.

This is a community-based program, which enhances the students’ self-esteem and leadership skills in both the school and the community. The positive contact between the youth and police personnel allows those that express an interest in law enforcement a chance to experience first hand what it would be like in the RCMP.

The students can also receive credits towards their high school diploma after having successfully completed the week. Students from the Comox Valley are invited to apply through their school’s work experience co-ordinators and must go through an interview process prior to being accepted to the camp.

This will be the 10th camp and it would not be possible without the generous assistance of many Comox Valley service groups, businesses and CFB Comox. This camp is completely funded by our community.

Your past contributions for this very worthwhile endeavor have been greatly appreciated. If you wish to assist us with the continuing success of the camp a contribution can be sent to the Comox Valley RCMP.

Anyone wishing to make a donation by cheque, can do so by making the cheque out to Mounted Police Camp 2013. This project is expected to cost approximately $15,000 from start to finish.

RCMP will attempt to keep the cost at no more than $100 per student.

If you have any questions regarding the camp, contact Const. Nicole Hall of the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-334-5918 or nicole.hall@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

— Comox Valley RCMP