DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien Police and teens recently took on some adventure challenges as part of a community building event.
Darien's Teen Center, or "The Depot," presented the event to promote "participation in community outreach and a substance-free environment in which to socialize," according to a press release from the group. On Sept. 28, a group of 30 teens and officers from the Darien Police Department traveled to EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown for "a unique and amazing adventure experience focused on building positive and trusting relationships, team building, and, of course, high flying adventure," according to the release.
"This adventure experience is all about promoting team skills between our teenagers and with our local police department," said Program Director Janice Marzano in the release. "It is important for our teens to recognize that they have people around them, fellow teens and adults, who are there to provide a supporting atmosphere. We wanted all of the participants to share in this uplifting adventure."
During the activities, "the participants introduced themselves to one another using a wide-array of fun and goofy salutations; ranging from the traditional handshake to a high-five to the crowd favorite do-si-do," according to the release.
"It was great to see the social barriers between the teens and Cops break down; everyone was having fun and breaking out of their social comfort zones," said EMPOWER facilitator Kyle Newman in the release. "After creating stronger bonds the participants were then challenged to practice positive skills that can be applied in any walk of life; learning to communicate with others and work together to accomplish a common goal takes practice and hard work. We wanted the participants to realize that those skills can be fun and helpful."