FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Information Officer:
August 2nd, 2011
Cpl. Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff's Office
Cass County Host Annual DARE Camp
For three days in July, 60 area 5th and 6th grade DARE Graduates and a dozen high school role models participated in the 5th Annual DARE Camp hosted by county DARE Officers. The camp was made available to all D.A.R.E. graduates and a drawing was held to select students from all six school districts taught by the Cass County Sheriff's Office, as well as Harrisonville, Raymore-Peculiar and Archie. Students were placed on one of five teams with High School Role Model as their group leaders. Each team also had a local DARE Officer to serve as the team leader. Teams competed against one another on many different activities and challenges. Throughout the three days students worked on team building events that emphasis the importance of teamwork and being drug free.
Campers spent the first day getting to know each other while fishing at Camp Reeder in Harrisonville. Each student attending received a fishing pole from the Cass County Elk's Lodge and Everhart Outdoors supplied tackle and volunteers to teach kids how to fish. Missouri National Guard challenged students with their team building course and rock climbing wall. Students also met with some of the areas specialized law enforcement units such as Lee's Summits Bomb and K9 units, ATF Bomb K9, Cass County Tactical Team, and Missouri State Highway Patrol. The three day event was capped off with two special fly-ins appearances by LifeFlight Eagle and Missouri National Guards Apache Helicopter. The pilot and crews explained the importance of being drug free in their careers and gave students a chance to see their aircraft up close.
DARE Officers from Archie, Harrisonville, Raymore, and Sheriff's Office participate in the camp to continue the message to keep kid's drug and violence free. “The cost of hosting a 3 day camp is something that numerous businesses and individuals in the county have helped underwrite. Nearly every cost associated with meals, shirts, admission to parks, and presentations are either donated, discounted, or paid for with donations” said Sheriff Dwight Diehl.
Click HERE to visit our DARE page and view our video.