The Arkansas City Police Department once again will host its annual summer DARE camp.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

The camp will be Aug. 8-12 at Camp Horizon, east of Arkansas City, according to a press release from ACPD.

USD 470 students entering the sixth through eighth grades are welcome to attend this free camp.

Participants will watch a crime scene scenario and help with the “investigation,” as well as many other activities such as archery and swimming.

Organizations participating in the camp include:

  • the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department;
  • the Cowley County Drug Task Force;
  • EagleMed;
  • the Kansas Highway Patrol;
  • South Central Kansas SWAT.

Attendees will be provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack each day.

Applications to attend the camp may be picked up at 117 W. Central Ave. The registration deadline is July 22.

For more information, call Officer Chase Hobart at (620) 441-6601.

About DARE

Founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program’s aim is to give children the skills they need to avoid becoming involved with drugs, gangs and violence.

The program has been implemented in 75 percent of schools in the United States.

Officer-led classroom lessons aim to teach children to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug- and violence-free lives.

The local DARE program is coordinated by ACPD’s school resource officers.