FORT LORAMIE — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office “DARE Summer Camp” (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had another successful year.
Under the direction of Sheriff John Lenhart, more than 160 fifth- and sixth-grade students from all the county school districts came together and received instruction in ways to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence. Students attending DARE Camp received training and safety instructions in the dangers of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs while fishing, boating and all watercraft sports, the effects of pollution on soil and water conservation and bicycle safety.
Students were able to use “Fatal Vision” alcohol goggles while participating in outdoor bowling, tire races and other learning activities. The alcohol goggles are designed to imitate the effects of being under the influence of alcohol and allows the individual to experience the loss of fine motor skills associated with intoxication while attempting to accomplish minor tasks.
DARE camp was conducted at Fort Loramie State Park which provided the perfect setting for this year’s theme “Hooked On Fishing Not Drugs!” and offered many valuable resources.
DARE camp was organized and facilitated by certified DARE Instructor Deputy Brian Strunk, Certified School Resource Officers Deputy Bill Booth, Deputy, Anthony Cipollone and Deputy Lynn Marsee.
Also assisting with DARE Camp was Fort Loramie State Park Naturalist Stephanie Moorman, Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District Representative Lynda Adams, Ross Historical Society Director Tilda Phlipot, Ohio Division Of Watercraft- Education Specialist Sgt. Kim Sheets and members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post.
DARE Camp was funded by several donations from businesses throughout Shelby County who have committed in making a difference in the lives of the children in the community.