Youngsters are staying out of trouble by touring the Chatham County Jail

Young boys get to ask questions and tour the Chatham County Jail at Savannah Police Department youth camp (Katie Filling WTGS)

For kids, summertime is for playing with friends or going to the beach or the pool.

But today, 15 youngsters spent the day touring the Chatham County Jail as part of the Savannah Police Department's summer camp.

“The younger you can get kids and sway them to do things right, the easier it’s going to be for them in life,” said Police Corporal Dion Hurley.

The kids even got to see what it would be like to be locked in a jail cell.

“It was a bad feeling,” said one camper.

It taught them a very key lesson.

“I do not want to be here,” said one camper.

The camp lasts for a week and is filled with different activities to teach them life lessons, learn the different roles in the police force and let loose with sports and trivia games.

One camper said, “Its excellent and I like how we get to go on field trips.”

The kids also went through a gang prevention session to show them that they don't have to be a part of anything they don't want to when they grow up.

“Just because somebody puts pressure on you doesn’t mean you have to give in to that temptation or want to fall in with the cool group,” said Hurley.

The camp is free for kids ages 8 to 14 and there are four sessions each summer. Two are for boys and two are for girls. This was the the last one for the boys and the girls will have their last session next week.

“The main purpose is to get them to meet people outside their families and neighborhoods so they realize that they are all human beings and down-to-earth kids,” said Hurley.

One final lesson of the day came from one camper who said, “You can be whatever you want to be.”

Throughout the rest of the week the kids will tour crime labs, practice public speaking and finish it off by seeing the aviation, swat and bomb squad teams.

Contact the Savannah police department if you'd like to join the last session.

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