Sixty-six kids from around Illinois, including five from Alton, are taking part in this year’s Team Illinois Youth Camp at Principia College. The youth are participating in a number of activities led by police from the local to the state level, and the National Guard. It is a highly structured camp based on a military model of discipline.
This is the second year the college has hosted the program for disadvantaged and troubled youth, according to Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons.
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The campers pitched in at a workday in Alton’s Rock Spring Park earlier this week. Simmons says the hope is to give these kids a positive outlook on life.