For Immediate Release - July 29, 2010

D.A. Blodgett, Salem P.D., Area Police Departments Team Up To Host Summer Camp

The Essex County Summer Day Camp for fifth grade students, hosted by Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett and the Salem Police Department in conjunction with other area police departments, is in its second and final week at the Collins Middle School in Salem.

The camp, which welcomed 150 children in each of its one-week sessions, concludes tomorrow, with a graduation at 12:30. The camp enables youth, police and peer leaders to spend a week together participating in anti-drug and violence prevention programs, including bullying and cyberbullying, and other educational workshops. It also involves team building activities, and is intended to help children make good decisions in their lives.

In addition to other activities, the campers went bowling, completed arts projects, watched a K-9 demonstration, and had a presentation on cyberbullying by a magician. They also toured Fenway Park, visited the Franklin Park Zoo, and enjoyed a fire safety presentation by the Salem Fire Department.

The police departments co-hosting the camp this year with District Attorney Blodgett include Peabody, Lynn, Danvers, Saugus, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, and Salem State College.

Helping make the camp possible with very generous donations were Danversbank and the G.E. Good Neighbor Fund.