YOUNG people went ‘wild in the country’ under a Community Safety Partnership initiative which also taught them the consequences of crime.
A ‘wildcamp’ was held at Glanamman Resource Centre for 15 youngsters aged between 13 and 15 from across Carmarthenshire.
The five-day residential programme included physical activities such as coasteering, boxing/fishing and mountain biking during the day and workshops on anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, dangerous driving and fire/arson in the evening.
The youngsters also made a video diary and a special presentation evening was held on the final day.
Agencies taking part included the council’s youth service, police and fire and rescue service.
The council’s Executive Board Member for Community Safety Cllr Pam Palmer said: “The activities held during the week helped to educate and challenge the young people and widen their experience.
“It also aimed to help the young people become more aware of how their behaviour affects others and to deter them from crime and anti-social behaviour. The camp was very well received by the youngsters and their parents.”
The Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police, council, and fire and rescue service as well as other agencies, was set up to make Carmarthenshire a safer place.
Chief Inspector Mark Bleasdale said: “A lot of positive work is being carried out in Carmarthenshire to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.
“The aim of the camp was to educate young people rather than use shock tactics. However, it still serves to point out the harsh realities of entering the criminal justice system.”
CAPTION: Youngsters who attended the wildcamp at Glanamman Resource Centre receive certificates of recognition.
Picture: Jeff Connell.