Rock Hill Police, Rotary Club improve Worthy Boys and Girls Camp

04/29/2012 1:01 AM

07/20/2012 10:57 AM

Volunteers joined forces with the Rock Hill Police Department Saturday to provide a place for youth to learn leadership skills and engage in community service.

The Rock Hill Rotary Club assisted the police in installing new basketball goals and creating a disc golf course at The Worthy Boys and Girls Camps.

“We are trying to add to the kids enjoyment activity wise,” said Rotary Club president Mark White. “We, as a club, have been really impressed by what (the police) are doing to give back.”

The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp will be entering its 64th year this summer, said Lt. Roderick Stinson of the Rock Hill Police Department.

The police works with the Rock Hill Pistol Club to operate the camp each summer, which is open to all the youth of York County, Stinson said.

“We want to instill good things in the youth through teaching them leadership and team-building,” he said, and to help children “see police in a different light.”

The camp runs for five weeks in the summer, alternating between camps for boys and girls.

“All the kids need is a change of clothes and to come ready to have a good time,” Stinson said.

The improvements are a way to expand the camp and help it continue to be successful, Stinson said.

“We want to make it a beautiful, nice camp that is here for another 60 years,” he said. “We are so grateful for the Rotary Club to come and volunteer their Saturday to help.”

Other contributors to the camp include Bi-Lo Charities and Comporium.

Stinson said the camp has been a success.

“The kids love it and we love it too,” he said. “We try to teach them that they can be what they want to be if they work towards it. We hope that they take those positive (lessons) into the community and be productive citizens as they grow up.”

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