The Henry County Sheriff's Office camp had a little change of plans Wednesday morning as rainy weather came in. The campers were originally supposed to meet the Henry County Sheriff's Department Dive Team and the Department of Natural Resources at Summit Lake, but rain hindered those activities.
Instead, campers split into two groups at Memorial Park so the dive team and DNR could show them how their respective branches of government work.
According to sheriff's deputy Dustin Miller, a four-year member of the team dive team, divers are certified in regular, advanced, ice and rescue diving.
"The more diving training we can get, the better. We'll do everything we can to improve," said Miller.
The team dives whenever, wherever and in whatever body of water that they are needed in.
"We get called out when there has been a body reportedly found in a lake and it has sunk to the bottom," said Miller. "We also come out to retrieve cars that have drove off and sunk into lakes as well."
The kids learned that the divers have to plan out every dive before they descend into the water because if they don't, they could injure themselves.
"After you've been down so deep for so long, you have to do a safety stop," said deputy Mike Rossiter. "A three-minute stop with a 15-foot ascend is normally enough time to let our bodies adjust to the nitrogen."
One of the biggest lessons the campers learned was that the divers can not panic under water. This is why the divers go through weeks of training in a pool before they can go into open waters. They have multiple backup plans in place in case something does go wrong, but panicking under water can be extremely dangerous.
After a few questions, the campers walked outside to learn how to safely participate in archery.
"Each child has the opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow five times. They have the chance to do this only after they learn the safety whistles," said Joe Young, who has been with DNR for four years and has been volunteering at the camp that entire time as well.
According to Young, archery is something all kids can get involved in.
"It's not like basketball or football, pretty much everyone can participate and have fun with archery," he said.
DNR not only has jurisdiction over their regular duties, but they can even pull people over for speeding on the road, Young explained. Normally they stick to working in their jurisdiction which is hunting, fishing regulation for state properties and off-road vehicles.
"We're just like regular police, we have the power to arrest people," said Young. "The only thing we generally don't do is handle local city ordinances."
Once the campers saw both presentations, they reconvened and met a few members of the Indiana National Guard. The Guard allowed them to go through an inflatable course they call the Boot Camp Challenge. The challenge allows two people to race across the course straight away, climb a wall and slide down as fast as they can.
Sheriff's camp continues through Thursday and will end with a banquet and awards presentation.