Susanville Fire Department Engineer Leon Myers speaks with the SPD Leadership Camp attendees Thursday. Photos by Makenzie Freedman

SPD Leadership Camp teaches youth various skills, benefits explorers

About 45 local youth spent some days this week participating in the Susanville Police Department’s Leadership Camp, which benefits the police explorers group.

According to Susanville Police Department officer Terra Avilla, this year’s three-day camp, which was open to girls and boys ages 5 to 10, sold out.

Camp participants Derek Cook and Brooke Wright show off their slime creations.

Along with activities like making slime to spur thinking skills and using a fire hose, camp attendees also got to hear from some guest visitors like Police Chief Ryan Cochran, Susanville Fire Chief James Moore, SFD engineer Leon Myers, firefighter Johnson and on Friday Miss Lassen County and her court were set to speak at the camp, which the explorers group and the Lassen County Prevention and Education team helped put on.

On Wednesday, the camp attendees learned about the importance of kindness, during Thursday lessons the group tapped into their critical thinking skills and learned about teamwork and what it takes to be a leader, and Friday was set to focus on bravery.

“The community loves it and the kids love it. It’s such a good fundraiser,” Avilla said.” It’s something to break up the monotony of summer.”