NRA representative Charles Johnson, left, presents Abbeville Police Chief Mark Hall with a grant Monday at the City of Abbeville police station. The donation will help fund an annual youth police camp that begins Monday morning at the Abbeville Civic Center.
(Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
NRA representative Charles Johnson, left, presents Abbeville Police Chief Mark Hall with a grant Monday at the City of Abbeville police station. The donation will help fund an annual youth police camp that begins Monday morning at the Abbeville Civic Center. (Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
Area youth will have the option to participate in a slate of activities next week as the Abbeville Police Department hosts its annual summer day camp.
It’s the 15th consecutive year the department has had the Youth Police camp, which has become a staple that revs up about two weeks after school lets out each summer. City of Abbeville School Resource Officer Mike Reape, a sergeant with the police force, will head up the weeklong bill of events.


This year’s camp begins Monday and runs through June 20. Coordinators said the camp usually draws about 50 kids between the ages of 9 and 15, and noted they would still be accepting applications through Friday. The cost is $50 per child, and the fee includes meals, trips and admission for all events the group attends during the week. Each camper will also receive a T-shirt.
This is Mark Hall’s first year presiding over the camp since becoming Abbeville’s police chief last year. He noted each year children are treated to a one-day field trip at some point in the week. Past camps have included trips to Turner Field in Atlanta for a Braves baseball game and visits to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia. Officials had not completed plans for next week as of Monday.
“I’m passionate about getting the youth involved and having them do something with the police department,” Hall said. “I really want to see this thing grow and add back to the community. I’d like to get it to the point where we didn’t have to turn anybody down. Anybody that wanted to come, we could get them involved.”

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