ROCK HILL, S.C. – Since 1949, the Rock Hill Police Department has been offering a free summer camp to kids across York County.

The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp gives kids a full camp experience, with overnight sleeping in cabins, fishing, first aid training, field trips, and so much more.

It’s staffed entirely by Rock Hill officers who volunteer their time to help out, an experience that is not only rewarding for the kids but also the officers. The department says it’s a way to show kids that officers are normal people, too.

“I think it’s important for kids to see that police officers are people behind the badge. You know, shorts, tennis shoes, shirts,” said Rock Hill Youth Services Officer and camp director Angie Wells. “We play basketball with them, and they just need to know we’re not the bad and gun that they see every day.”

The camp is fully funded by generous donations from the community. The police department will be presented a $5,000 check at Thursday’s camp award ceremony.