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.
2014 Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp
The 2014 Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp graduated 25 high school juniors and seniors on July 26, 2014, at the WSP Academy in Shelton. Each year, a selected group of students from throughout the Pacific Northwest are chosen to participate in a week long "police academy". They learn teamwork, leadership, discipline, and even how to make a bed (properly)! Volunteer law enforcement officials from city, county, state, and federal agencies teach the students how to join their agencies, and some of the nitty gritty of law enforcement. Some of the most popular courses are SWAT (Mason County Sheriff's office instruct), Rescue Division (Thurston County Sheriff's Office instruct), EVOC (emergency vehicle operation - WSP troopers instruct), and K-9 Law Enforcement (Auburn Police Officers and dogs instruct). New this year was a class on Nobility in Policing by Auburn PD Assistant Chief William Pierson.
Next year's camp is tentatively scheduled for July 19-25, 2015. If you know of a high school student that is interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement, check out the Quick Links section of this page, and apply for this outstanding camp! Informal statistics show that 80% of the students pursue a career in law enforcement (or the military). Or, for more information, contact camp coordinator, Jan Britt.
Kiwanis Law Enforcement Camp Staff
Corporal Brent L. Dell served in the U.S. Navy for eight years serving his country as a Navy SEAL. Corporal Dell has 23 years of commissioned law enforcement experience with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) which encompasses 20 years of experience working the road in Eastern Washington. He was a guest instructor at the WSP Academy for eight years and has been a full-time instructor for the last two years. Corporal Dell has been a fire chief and maintains his EMT and Search and Rescue Dive certification. His primary teaching responsibilities at the Academy includes, but is not limited to, all elements of the Control Tactics and Weapons Program, Fitness/Wellness, Officer Survival, Water Safety, Tactical Communications, and TAC duties. He is highly respected by his peers and commanders, and will be an exemplary mentor/counselor for the students attending the Youth Camp.
Jan Britt began her career in law enforcement while in high school as a Police Cadet with the Lacey Police Department. While attending WSU she was also an intern for the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Police Science from WSU, Jan was the first woman patrol officer in 1975 with Pullman Police Services. In 1978, Jan began her 28 year career with the Liquor Control Board Enforcement Division. She worked in Seattle, Longview and Olympia, and retired as the Captain of Southwest Washington Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement, supervising staff in Bremerton, Tacoma, Olympia and Vancouver. Jan has been a Kiwanian since 1987, and has been the camp coordinator for the Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp since 2007.
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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