in its 11th year, Camp Chance is a 5-day residential summer camp that
offers a highly structured camping and counseling experience with a mix
of challenging physical,
mental and emotional activities. Over 550 middle school youth have
benefited from this camping program since its inception in 1999. Camp
Chance is a program created by the San Rafael Police Department in
collaboration with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and Marin
Office of Education.
The San Rafael Police Youth Services Bureau program supervisor consults with the staff at middle
to identify the most at-risk and under served youth to participate in
the weeklong camp, held at Walker Creek Ranch, a Marin Office of
Education camp and conference center located in West Marin.
Walker Creek Ranch provides adult leadership for all camp activities,
including lifeguards. Mental health professionals from the San Rafael
Police Youth Services Bureau facilitate workshops on topics relevant to
today’s youth during the camp.
Marin County Sheriff deputies join with San Rafael police officers to
participate with the kids in camping activities throughout the week.
This informal and personal contact with peace officers has proven to be
a big win-win for the kids, police and community. When children feel
more connected with their community and have a good relationship with
their police officers, they are less likely to be involved in
destructive behavior and criminal activity.
The San Rafael Police Youth Services Bureau mental health staff
provides counseling services to children during the school year and
family therapy is also available year round at the YSB office.