Photos, story by Debby Brady, Youth Correctional Counselor
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
Contests for pumpkin carving and creating the best costumes were just some of the activities on Halloween at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp.
For the costume contest, the young offenders had to create their own costumes from whatever items they had or could acquire from staff.
Seven came up with some very creative costumes, according to those involved.
The teachers at Pine Grove U. were the judges of the contest.
They said it was difficult to pick the winners, because they all did such a great job. Prizes were awarded to the top contenders.
There was also a pumpkin carving contest. Eight firefighters participated in the contest using creative ideas for their masterpieces.
They used their own creativity as well as patterns to create jack-o-lanterns. They were lit and another Youth Correctional Counselor judged the entries.
The evening ended with a Bingo Night followed by some cake provided by a Crew 3 firefighter, with some help from Chef Wilson.
All who chose to participate vied for several prizes.
According to those with the camp, getting young offenders involved in more “normal” activities helps set a pattern for such behavior after release and is part of the rehabilitation process.