Sunday, June 01, 2008

A couple of free events:

These came through on a couple of different email lists I am on and I thought I would post them here since I know some people check this blog to see what kind of things are going on.....

Has your 13 - 17 year old dreamed of becoming a crime scene investigator, SWAT team member, police officer or firefighter/paramedic? Then you might want to check this out! The Clermont County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), local law enforcement agencies, the Boys and GIrls Club of New Richmond and local business owners have teamed up for the 5th year to present a one-week-long Junior Police Academy summer camp for youth ages 13 to 17. JPA cadets learn about law enforcement, teamwork, respect, and positive behavior through hands on interaction with local, state, and federal police and fire/life agencies. We are privileged to be the only county in southern Ohio who offers this experience to our youth.

This year's camp will include:
Crime scene investigation to solve a mock crime
Physical training
Clermont County Jail tour (booking area, electronic fingerprinting, etc. It is very unlikely the cadets will see any inmates during this tour.)
Some academy locations will be using FATS (Firearms Training Systems) which is a virtual, interactive shoot/don't shoot simulator. Unless your child chooses a career in law enforcement, he/she will probably never get an opportunity to experience this anywhere but here.
Basic self defense techniques
Fire service day - learn CPR and basic first aid (though time will not allow the cadets to be certified)

Scheduled demonstrations of: UC's AirCare helicopter, Clermont County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Clermont County Coroner's Office, Animal Control, Park Rangers and a K-9 unit.
Graduation on Friday where each cadet will receive a certificate of completion and a T-shirt.
This camp is totally FREE. Breakfast and lunch are also provided as the classes run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Each academy is limited to 30 cadets. The camps are filled on a first come, first served basis with teens from Clermont County having priority; however, space permitting, teens from other counties will also be accepted in to the program. (Kentucky and Indiana residents have also attended past academies.) An application must be completed for each cadet. Due to liability issues, each academy location has its own unique form, so they are NOT interchangeable.

All camps have space available as of this writing; however, if you are interested, DO NOT DELAY about getting the application completed and turned in as this info has already been made available to students attending public schools. I also saw an article in yesterday's (May 28) "Community Journal: Clermont" newspaper, so the word is definitely out! Camps will be held:

June 9 - 14, WILLIAMSBURG area, Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Contact Officer: Lt. Randy Harvey, (513) 732-7536. Several openings as of 5/29/08. This academy is in critical need of cadets! It is in jeopardy of being cancelled unless more applications are received.
Academy location: Williamsburg High School, 500 South 5th Street, Williamsburg, OH 45176 (once you exit from I-275, about 20 minutes east on St. Rt. 32 which runs by Eastgate Mall)
Applications are available at Clermont County Sheriff's Office, 4470 St. Rt. 222, Batavia, OH 45103. (Can probably get a copy of the application faxed, if requested)

June 16 - 21, LOVELAND/GOSHEN area, Loveland Police, Contact Officer: Patrolman Fred Barnes, (513) 583-3000
Academy location: New Hope Baptist Church, 1401 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140
Applications are available at Loveland Police Dept, 120 W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140

June 23 - 28, GOSHEN/LOVELAND area, Goshen Township Police, Contact Officer: Patrolman James Taylor, (513) 265-5617 cell or (513) 722-3200 office ONLY 5 openings left as of 5/29/08
Academy location: New Hope Baptist Church, 1401 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140
Applications are available at Goshen Township Police Dept, 6757 Goshen Road, Goshen, OH 45122

July 7 - 11, NEW RICHMOND area, New Richmond Police, Contact Officer: Patrolman John Pelcha, (513) 553-3121 Several openings as of 5/29/08. (Closest location for those of you in Kentucky; just over the Ohio/KY bridge, exit on to east U.S. 52 and travel about 10 minutes.)
Academy location: New Richmond High School, 1131 Bethel-New Richmond Road, New Richmond, OH 45157
Applications are available at New Richmond Police Department, 102 Willow Street, New Richmond, OH 45157 or Clermont County Sheriff's Office, 4470 St. Rt. 222, Batavia, OH 45103

Learn more about Junior Police Academies by visiting the national web site


Saturday, June 14; 8:30am - 10:30am (flights expected to begin by 9:00am)
Young Eagles Rally
Clermont County Airport
4184 Taylor Road, Batavia, Ohio 45103
Hawk Building
Ages: 8 - 17
Cost: Free

Your pre-registration is very much appreciated, but not mandatory. This helps the sponsor, EAA Aviation, better plan for the number of pilots and planes needed which should help reduce everyone's wait time. To pre-register, please go to

The Young Eagles Program has been developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future. Your child will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give new perspectives on the world and life in general. Participation in the Young Eagles Program will help them understand that an individual's potential is unlimited.

At the rally, one of the pilots will help prepare you for a demonstration flight in an airplane. You can ask your volunteer pilot as many questions as you like. In doing so, you'll learn more about airplanes and the principles of flight. That's all there is to it. It's really that simple!

Flights are for young people ages 8 to 17. In order to complete the registration process, all Young Eagles MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the rally. Registration begins at 8:30 am, and Young Eagle flights are expected to begin by 9:00 am. We anticipate finishing up before noon.Please keep in mind that the weather is the final authority! Flights will not take place until, and unless, it's safe! Flight delays are always possible. Due to the high demand and limited number of pilots, parents arenot permitted on the flights. Please be prepared to patiently accept delays of a half hour or longer. Flights last 15 to 25 minutes. A picture and certificate of participation are presented immediately after each flight. Pre-registration is helpful, but is NOT mandatory. It does not move you ahead in line. It allows EAA to better plan, and saves you a little time at the rally. Participants are taken on a first come, first served basis. Visit to pre-register and get more info about the Young Eagles rally.

I-275 to State Route 32 EAST
Take "Olive Branch-Stonelick Road" exit
Turn Right at the end of the ramp
Turn Left at the traffic light on to Old SR 74
Turn Right on to Armstrong Blvd (first street)
Turn Left on to Taylor Road (first street)
The HAWK Building is the 3rd building on the Left.
Parking lot and entrance are at the far end of the building on the Left.

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