Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Career Camp
The purpose of the Kiwanis Youth camp is to provide selected high school juniors and seniors, with an interest in a career in law enforcement, an opportunity to explore the various areas of job opportunities in that field. It offers exposure to problems encountered by law enforcement officers on a daily basis and how to handle these situations in a professional manner.
The Washington State Patrol and other police departments provide officers as staff to instruct and be counselors to the students. This gives students a variety of experiences and expertise in other areas of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement.
Some of the most popular classes and demonstrations include the WSP SWAT team, Canine, driving course, and defensive tactics. We also have guest speakers from various agencies to provide first hand information to the students.
With each class a close bond is formed and lasting friendships are made. Approximately 80% of the students go on to law enforcement careers.
Once a young person is accepted for the camp, they should contact their local Kiwanis Club to seek sponsorship for the $500.00 per cadet fee.
2015 Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp
The 2015 Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp graduated 28 student cadets at the Washington State Patrol academy in Shelton, Washington, on July 25, 2015.
These high school juniors and seniors spent 1 full week at the camp, sponsored mostly by Kiwanis Clubs of Washington at a cost of $500 per student, to learn how to be better citizens while also getting a taste of what life would be like at a real police academy. The student cadets – 24 boys and 4 girls – learned teamwork, discipline, leadership and attention to detail all while learning about the variety of jobs available in law enforcement. Classes include: Nobility in Policing, Critical Incidents and Mental Health, Defensive Tactics, Water Rescue, Special Weapons and Tactics, Police Ethics, FBI Careers, WSP Careers, Communications, Probable Cause and Mock Court, Careers in Corrections and many more.
The dates for the 2016 camp will be set soon. So if you know a high school junior or senior who might be interested in a law enforcement career, have them check out the website at: www.WSP.wa.gov and go to the OUTREACH tab. Then click on the KIWANIS LAW CAMP section and see how Kiwanis clubs have been working with our youth since 1977 by sponsoring this camp. The camp is a 501c3 corporation, and donations are welcome. Mail donations to: KLEYC P.O. BOX 381; Olympia, WA 98507.
Many thanks to our volunteer instructors and counselors, who make this camp happen.
For more information, contact Camp Coordinator, Dawn Pannell
Kiwanis Law Enforcement Camp Staff
Corporal Corey Macaluso served four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Corporal Macaluso has 15 years of commissioned law enforcement experience with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) which encompasses 13 years of experience working the road in Kitsap County. He’s held several specialty positions such as: Drug Recognition Expert/Instructor, Field Training Officer, District Executive Protection Unit, and a Firearms Instructor.
Effective April 1, 2016, Dawn Pannell becomes the new Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp Coordinator -- Dawn Pannell has, along with her husband Ron, served on the Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp board for 15 years. She is a strong supporter of the Camp and of Kiwanis.
Kiwanis Law Camp Letters
The Washington State Kiwanis Law Camp staff and WSP instructors want to share some of the letters and comments we have received from our former camp cadets:
WSP Academy Directions & Location
From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 104 (Ocean Beaches) to Highway 101. Travel approximately 6 miles northwest on 101, then take the Shelton/Port Angeles/Highway 101 exit to your right. Continue driving north on Highway 101 for about 17 miles -- past the three Shelton exits, the Mason County fairgrounds and Sanderson Airfield -- to SR 102 (Dayton-Airport Road), where you will turn left. (A sign is posted before the intersection indicating the State Patrol Academy/Washington Corrections Center turnoff.) Go west approximately 1/2 mile to the Academy entrance, which is on your left. Watch for the sign that says WSP Academy/Shelton Detachment.
Washington State Patrol Academy
Supporting the Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp
The Washington State Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. Donations are always welcome and help to support the cost of student-cadets, the volunteer counselors and instructors.
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