New Hanover County G.R.E.A.T. Camp
By: Lt. Novella Frieslander | New Hanover County, NC | October 10, 2012
The New Hanover County, NC Sheriff’s Office held its first G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp this past summer. The two 4-day camps averaged 65 campers in each session, including our mentors. The camps were a huge success! We made sure our lesson plans were taught each day and reinforced G.R.E.A.T. concepts throughout the camp.
After our opening ceremony, campers were split into teams and enjoyed fishing, crabbing, kayaking, and fossil digging at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. After working up an appetite, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch of fried chicken and sides provided the first week by Mr. Patrick Bigley (his 30th year donating lunch to our summer camp program) and the second week by Brooklyn Pizza.
Our second day, we went to the Fort Fisher Aquarium and had a behind the scenes tour and the campers learned all about reptiles and even got to pet a baby alligator. Golden Corral hosted us for lunch and we enjoyed our guest speaker Assistant District Attorney Jason Smith’s discussion about youth within the criminal justice system.
On our third day, we set off to White Lake Water Park where the campers played in the park and enjoyed a hotdog lunch. On the final day of camp each week, we saluted the men and women of our Emergency Services. We graciously send out a “thank you” to the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association for hosting us! The Sheriff’s Office had displays from their S.A.F.E. Unit, K-9, C.S.I., Community Services and E.R.T units. The Wilmington Police Department sent their helicopter, SABLE. EMS provided a unit along with the Life Link helicopter from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The Fire Department brought out a fire truck. On this day, we invited the families of the campers to join us for a cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs donated by PT’s Grill and our side dishes and beverages were donated by Smithfield’s Barbeque of Leland. The closing ceremony was fun as the parents viewed an entertaining slideshow, put to music, of their campers’ adventures that week. After all the festivities were over, the campers were given their certificates and went home, hopefully carrying some of the lessons they learned throughout the week of our G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp!