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Horry County Police instill pride in our kids at camp

Source: Jenna DeAngelis Source: Jenna DeAngelis
Source: Jenna DeAngelis Source: Jenna DeAngelis
Source: Jenna DeAngelis Source: Jenna DeAngelis

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - When school is out for the summer, you may need a constructive activity for your kids. Camp Pride may be the place you want to send them; it's run by Horry County Police.

The first session of Camp Pride is taking place at St. James Middle School. It's a place you can send your kids to learn core principles while having fun.

"We talk about discipline, resourcefulness, respect,” Lance Cpl. Felix Cruz said. "It's a camp about coming as 'I' but leaving as 'we.' It's about teamwork, working together."

Police incorporate these principles into sports and activities.

Officers say they're able to provide this camp, for free, thanks to donations from local businesses and the community.

The idea behind Camp Pride is to be both an educational and adventurous camp experience, while learning from our community role models, Horry County Police.

"When they leave here, I guarantee you, they leave here a better student, a better child and it's great to see that,” Lance Cpl. Cruz said.

After spending time at Camp Pride, Kyle said his mindset is completely turned around, about camp, and about himself. He encourages other students to join.

"It's not really like the cool thing, but I would ask them to go there because it helps you build up,” said student Kyle Bailey.

Even if you can't send your kids, you can enforce Pride in your own home. Lance Cpl. Cruz recommends giving them constructive activities to do, and keeping them responsible and accountable for their actions, at all times.

There is another session of Camp Pride that will take place next month, but unfortunately it is full. The good news is, the event has been around nearly 20 years, so it will return again next year.

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