Advanced students of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Junior Academy took turns on Wednesday clearing the inside of a building and running obstacle courses – just as law enforcement officers do.

With three week-long camp sessions in June, the Sheriff’s Office camp is an opportunity for grade-school children to get a better understanding of the inner workings of the Sheriff’s Office, said Cpl. Pam Revels.

The first two weeks is “regular” camp, and the third week is “advanced” camp for students who have completed regular camp previously, Revels said.

Throughout the week, students participate in different learning activities and watch demonstrations by different groups of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office including the K-9 division, the SWAT team, and the CERT team, which is the tactical response team for the Lee County Detention Center.

Wednesday’s activities focused on gun safety and how deputies train with their fire arms with the use of the training building trailer and an obstacle course.

“I love it so much,” said 11-year-old Shelby Etheridge, a four-year camp veteran. “The obstacle course is super fun.”

The camp is $25 per student and covers the cost for a T-shirt, a certificate, a challenge coin, daily snacks and Friday lunch.

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