UNION — The children attending the CSI Activity Fun Camp at USC Union had fun while learning about the various aspects of law enforcement and the legal system from investigating a crime to trying a case in court.
The camp was held Monday-Friday last week at the USC Union Founders House where the 12 children enrolled were, first, introduced to Crime Scene Investigation by USC Union Coodinator of Continuing Education, Career Services, and Academic Success Bill Moore. Moore oversaw the camp with the assistance of Hailey Sherbert, a student at USC Union who is majoring in Special Education.
Over the course of the week, the students were introduced to the various aspects of the criminal justice system through a serious of presenations by law enforcement. The first of these was a presentation on the realities of Crime Scene Investigation by Sgts. Jeff Lawson and Wendy Childers of the Union County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of their presentation, Lawson and Childers showed the children how to dust for fingerprints.
As the week progressed there was a visit by Sheriff David Taylor and Deupty Randy Maness and his tracking dog “Skeeter.” The children also got to fingerprint one another and examine shell casings and learn how to dust using magnetic powder.
Not all the activities took place at the Founders House. At a field adjacent to the Truluck Gym, the children learned about how to secure a crime scene and gather evidence. They also traveled from USC Union to the Union County Courthouse where the heard a presentation by Union County Clerk of Court June Miller on courtoom procedure and took part in a mock trial.
In addition to studying CSI and the various aspect of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the children also got to enjoy other activities and presentations including a visit from the Union Public Safety Department platform truck. USC Union Health, Safety, and Security Director Tony Gregory did a presentation on fire safety and fire extinguishers.
There was a also class engineering project where the children built a cushioning device to safetly catch an egg dropped out a window. They also got to enjoy a movie and popcorn in the USC Union auditorium; daily playing of Summer Camp Jeopardy with prizes awarded following the final Jeopardy game on Friday; and hide and go seek in the Main Building.
Moore said Monday that the children all had a good time and, more importantly, learned about the subjects presented to them.
“It was a great camp,” Moore said. “We crammed a lot of learning into a week. Every day we had fun and the kids seemed to retain a lot of the information.”
Moore said that the emphasis on CSI and the various aspects of law enforcement and the criminal justice system was designed to help the children better understand the realities of those subjects.
“We tried to put a positive aspect with their relationship with law enforcement and the challenges law enforcement encounters,” Moore said. “That was also the goal of Sheriff Taylor in his presentation, to establish a respectful relationship between them and law enforcement when they are young.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.