Watch the video on Youtube of this amazing summer opportunity for BCS students thanks to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and our School Resource Officers!
Some Buncombe County Schools rising 7th and 8th graders got to enjoy nine days of confidence-boosting fun this summer, thanks to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office and its school resource officers (SROs).
SROs chose students to join a nearly two-week long On-Track camp - one for boys and one for girls - where they participated in a variety of activities. Students slid down Sliding Rock, gave back with community service, caught a glimpse of future job opportunities with a career day, and culminated with a camping trip at Nantahala Outdoor Center where they participated in white-water rafting and a ropes course with a zipline.
“We select students who need that extra support,” said Lt. Kelly Ball, School Resource Officer and mentor for the On-Track camp. “Maybe something is going on outside of school, or they’re dealing with self-esteem or confidence issues. We want to teach them some leadership skills they can take forward into their communities. It’s about building confidence, challenging the students.”
Another important aspect, said Lt. Ball, is the relationships students build with the SROs. “They see that we’re just people, too. They’re more likely to come talk to us during the school year. It helps break down those barriers, and we feel privileged to be able to be a part of that and their growth.”