Law Enforcement Summer Youth Program
The Fredericksburg Police Department recently completed their annual Summer Youth Program, which began the first week of June and was completed the last week of July. Kids from the ages of 7 to 14 who resided in Gillespie County were eligible to participate. It was held every Tuesday afternoon throughout the summer, and the kids participated in a number of events.
We began and ended the summer with a swim day at the swimming pool at Lady Bird Johnson Park. They had a fun filled day of swimming and prizes. On the last day, the Police Department provided a pizza party for all the kids. The staff and lifeguards at the pool did a great job looking after the kids.
We also had two movie days at Fritztown Cinema. The kids saw Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets this summer. Popcorn and drinks were provided to each child. Sloan Ruth and her staff were more than accommodating, and they were very helpful in making the program a success this year.
This summer, we also did a Sports Day at Lady Bird Johnson Park. The kids were able to play baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, and tennis. The kids also enjoyed getting to hang out with some of the police officers that spent the afternoon with them, and members of the Fredericksburg Tennis Association did a great job teaching the kids about the finer points of tennis.
Two of our local Game Wardens, Sam Harris and Clay Pipkin, and several other Texas Parks and Wildlife members set up a Game Warden Day for the kids. The kids were able to fish in the creek, and this was the first time fishing for many of them. The kids had a great time catching perch. They also taught the kids about Archery, and the kids were able to shoot bows and arrows at a target range set up by the Parks and Wildlife staff. Additionally, the kids participated in a water safety program that taught the kids about using life jackets and flotation devices.
This year, 100 to 175 kids participated in the program each week. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the administrative assistants at the Fredericksburg Police Department, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety as well as the Fredericksburg Volunteers in Police Support, Gillespie County Juvenile Probation Office, and Hill Country Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. The program grew considerably from last year, and we are excited to see it grow even more next year. See ya next summer.