All week long, we were joined by fantastic coaches from the US Marshals Service, Montgomery County Police Department, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. We also had some special guests.
Last Wednesday, the Montgomery County Police Department’s SWAT team also came to show the campers their vehicles and equipment, explaining their gear and fielding questions.
They also talked to the campers about what it takes to get on and stay on a tactical team. First off, you need a college degree. In order to stay on the team, they work out 1-2 hours a day and have to take regular physical tests, such as being able to run up and down stairs while carrying 100 lbs of gear on their backs and then run 3 miles in under 26 minutes! They are always practicing all types of skills they might need in various situations. While I hope I am never in a situation where I need the SWAT team’s assistance, I feel very confident in their abilities.
They also discussed responsibility and how their goal is always to save lives--using the least force necessary to keep people safe.
The vest is so heavy, this camper needed help taking it off!
Thanks again to all our guest speakers and presenters! Tomorrow we’ll share photos of all the other fun stuff we did at camp, so come back to see more!