RCMP launches youth camp

  • Aug. 17, 2011 3:07 p.m.

The RCMP offers a challenging and exciting career to those interested in making a difference in their communities and their country, officials say.

They are looking for people from all walks of life to join Canada’s national police service.

As part of the RCMP’s recruiting efforts, the Northwest Region Recruiting units in partnership with the RCMP Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, are sending 16 high school students from across Alberta to a youth camp for one week in August.

These students were selected based on academic achievement and their interest in a career in policing. The students will learn what it’s like to be a police officer in training through observation of and participation in activities including drill, driver simulator training, firearms, police officer scenarios and tours of the RCMP Training Academy (Depot) and museum.

The 16 students selected for the Depot Youth Camp are reflective of the typical RCMP cadet troops that begin their training at Depot on an ongoing basis. Essentially, this means the students are a co-ed group reflective of the Canadian mosaic.

At the end of the week-long camp, students will have developed a good understanding of what life would be like as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and they will have had the unique opportunity of experiencing life as a Cadet even before they submit an application to join the ranks of the RCMP.

“My hope is that by providing these young people with this wonderful opportunity, we will recruit some future police officers,” said Const. Krista Woods, a member of the Alberta RCMP recruiting team, who helped create the Depot Youth Camp.

“The RCMP offers more than 150 different types of duties, so regardless of a person’s background, there is a career for everyone who becomes a member of our prestigious and long-standing organization.”

To find out more about the RCMP, visit www.rcmp-careers.ca.

– Fawcett