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Police camp focuses on girl power


A summer camp run by Centre County police officers is giving more than hands on experience for young girls.  Organizers said it is focusing on building self-confidence.

The program is weeklong and mimics a police academy.
It is held at Camp Blue Diamond in Huntingdon County.

It is the largest group of girls to go through the Centre County law enforcement camp cadet program in their 29-year history.

Officials who run it said the transformation in these girls from day one to the end of camp is amazing.

It's extremely important for women in our community to come out and see strong women in this field and know they can do the same kind of job that men can do, State College police officer Kelly Aston said.

Nearly 60 young women, ages 12 to 15, from all across Centre County are learning more than marching orders and shooting techniques, organizers said, they're building self-esteem.

"Some activities we do might not have a link to law enforcement but it might be about building confidence, Aston said.

Organizers said they feel that income shouldn't prevent anyone from coming to camp.  Businesses donate money to sponsor girls.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times