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Campers surprised by law enforcement counselors

Posted at 11:59 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 01:59:31-04

From the sound of music to the bonding to the smiling faces, you'd think this is a room full of old friends. 

Instead, they're new friends.

A week of summer camp out in the middle of nowhere really brought these kids from Baltimore City together.

At first, they were scared and skeptical.

"We started doing activities and we started to learn about each other our lives and our background stories," said Nairra Broadway-Williams.

Williams' life story hasn't been perfect. In fact, all 50 of these special campers have faced series challenges from bad family situations, in and out of juvenile detention to some missing more classes than they've attended.

But none of that mattered this week, they were at a special camp under the guidance of some special counselors.

"The reward in itself is to see these kids transform," said Colonel Melvin Russell.

Col. Russell of the Baltimore Police Department has run the "Love you to Life Leadership Summit Camp" for three years.

Law enforcement from the city, state police, school police, parks, and recreation, all over coming together to bond with kids who otherwise probably wouldn't have come if they had known.

"I had a different view of police and when I learned they were police I was overwhelmed and I was happy that they were," said Williams.

Friendships built in one week, that could impact their lives for years to come.