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Sackville youth gain leadership, teamwork skills at recent Cops N Kids camp

Students from the area recently took part in the Cops N Kids Leadership camp in Tatamagouche, N.S. Above, local youth were among the large group of Tantramar and Cumberland students who had the opportunity to find out more about RCMP air services at the camp from Oct. 24-28.
Students from the area recently took part in the Cops N Kids Leadership camp in Tatamagouche, N.S. Above, local youth were among the large group of Tantramar and Cumberland students who had the opportunity to find out more about RCMP air services at the camp from Oct. 24-28. - Contributed

More than 60 students attend from local area

SACKVILLE, N.B. – More than 60 kids from the Tantramar area packed their bags and headed to Tatamagouche recently for a couple of fun-filled weekends.

Local youth, in grades seven to nine, had the opportunity to develop important life and leadership skills during the annual Cops N Kids Leadership program, which was held at the Tim Hortons Camp.

Jean-Francois LeBlanc, community program officer for the town of Sackville RCMP, who organized the trip, said because of the large numbers this year, students were broken up into two different groups – one which attended the camp from Oct. 18-21 and the other from Oct. 24-28.

“Both groups spent a few days building skills and strengths that help youth thrive at school, succeed in their future workplaces and become positive, contributing members of their communities,” said LeBlanc.

Throughout the weekend, participants engaged in activities designed to increase self-confidence and self-esteem while also teaching important leadership skills. From group discussions to challenging activities like rock climbing and archery, students were kept busy and engaged throughout the four-day experience.

LeBlanc said various law enforcement agencies visited the camp for presentations, including CN police, commercial vehicle enforcement and the RCMP air services.

“This builds up the relationship between the youth and the law enforcement community,” he said.

The students have been given some tasks to work on at home, which they will be able to present when they return in March 2019, said LeBlanc.

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