The CAMO youth mentoring program completed a needs assessment of the youth served and it was learned that over eighty percent were unable to swim.
Research has shown that drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in children and can be avoided through swimming education.
CAMO obtained funding from the Black Belt Community Foundation to provide swimming lessons for 30 Bullock County children from local certified instructor, Mrs. Melita Canty.
Swimming lessons are believed to aide in saving lives, increase physical activity, motor skills, and build character.
Youth with confident water safety skills were afforded the opportunity to travel to the Six Flags White Water Park to participate in swimming recreational activities and demonstrate the skills learned.
The trip was both rewarding and educational for the youth and also provided needed exposure to learn about following rules, being responsible and taking risk.
The swimming lessons and activities were designed for the youth to learn and have fun at the same time.