Today’s activities included a water slide, kickball and wiffle ball and presentations by detectives on social media safety.
Sheriff Wes Tripp said proceeds from the annual Seafood Festival, part of the Benefiting the Children of Halifax County initiative, paid the registration fee for 100 children to attend the camp held at the 4-H Rural Life Center off Highway 903. The children participating in the camp represent all parts of the county, he said.
“This is the second Junior Deputy Camp,” Tripp said as he observed the kickball game. “This year it’s increased in numbers. We’ve received positive feedback from parents. Everyone seems to be having a good time.”
He credited Major Jay Burch and Chief Deputy Scott Hall for playing a major role in the event, which ends Friday. “We’ve received tremendous help from the administrative staff.”
Tripp said the third annual camp has already been planned for the same time next year. “We’re tickled to death with the partnership with Joe Long and the 4-H Center and the county.”
He also expressed appreciation to First Media Radio, White Motors and other sponsors who stepped up. “Randy Wrenn (of Wrenn Sports Graphics and Screenprinting) was very helpful in making the T-shirts.”
Major Neil Aycock of the sheriff’s office said, “It’s fun getting to know the kids from the community and getting to know they’re here having a fun time.”
Hall said, “Whenever we have positive interactions with the kids, we have positive outcomes.”