AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - It's a special week for 10 and 11 year olds in the city of Auburn. This week, they are *daring* to be hero's at home and in their classrooms.
News Leader 9's Elizabeth White shows us how nearly 200 dare campers are learning from their real life heroes.... police officers and firefighters during the week long, free camp.
With big voices and even bigger hearts for the youth they serve and protect, Auburn Police Officers and Fire Fighters are camp counselors for the week, focusing on sharing positive messages with DARE campers.
"It's a weeklong camp but the idea behind the camp is for them to take the values they have learned here and hopefully it will last a lifetime," said Auburn Police Officer and DARE counselor Josh Adams.
Nearly two hundred 10 and 11 year olds are learning to be heroes, which is this year's camp theme.
The camp encourages kids to resist drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Character and team building skills, as well as anti-bullying are also constant messages. The hope is campers will become friends before they enter middle school.
"As these kids go from all of their elementary schools an move into drake into one school together a lo lot this is about team work and them getting to know people they haven't previously known"
With plenty of activities like sports, swimming and splashing, it's a week the campers will not soon forget.... and neither will their counselors.
"Just getting to play with the kids, and seeing what they are all about and what makes them tick, I just hope to help them become better people and also to let them help me become a better person."