LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office during the week of July 14-July 18 held its Gang Resistance Education and Training camp, a program intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.
The camp, better known as G.R.E.A.T. Camp, hosted 50 kids aged 9-14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and was run by employees of the sheriff’s office who had dedicated their time off to the cause.
Along with anti-gang training, camp-goers traveled to Fort Bragg where they went ice skating, spent time with The Golden Knights and had lunch with soldiers of the United States Army.
The kids went skating, bowling and to the arcade, a first for many of the camp’s participants — and for many, their first time leaving Scotland County. They visited with Laurinburg rescue and EMS and received a tour of the courthouse, culminating with a talk from Judge Bill McIlwain.
A graduation ceremony was held Friday.