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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Youth Adventure Academy 2018 Accepting Applications

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The Amherst Police Department and the University of Massachusetts Police Department seek to provide innovative and effective programs for the young people in our community. The Youth Adventure Academy is such a program!  It is designed to establish a positive relationship between the Amherst Police, UMASS Police, and the youth in our community.  All Academy counselors are Amherst and UMASS Police Officers.  Students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade are eligible to attend.  The cost is FREE and the academy size is limited to 20 participants, so preference will be given to Amherst residents and those youth with an affiliation to UMASS (ex. parents/guardians are employees or students at UMASS).  The Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch each day at the UMASS Dining Common.

The 2018 Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy is a ONE week program, being held Monday, July 23, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 from 8:30AM to 4:00 PM.    All students will need to have transportation to the UMASS Police Department each morning for an 8:30 AM start, and picked up each afternoon from the UMASS Police Department promptly at 4:00 PM. Students will attend morning classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays, and interactive demonstrations by police officers of the Amherst and UMASS Police Departments in the areas of law, crime scene, defensive tactics, patrol procedures, and internet safety to name just a few.  These classes will be held at both the Amherst and UMASS Police Departments.  Most afternoon sessions will be held at the Adventure Based Ropes Course at the Norwottuck Range where attendees will promote teamwork, communication skills development and strategy development with the students.  A typical high ropes course element sees participants harnessing up and climbing 25-70 feet off the ground, where they may traverse across cables and logs, or swing and zip through the air.  Our Low Challenge Courses are used to provide participants with a uniquely different series of mental and physical activities that will challenge individuals and groups.  

For more information on our ropes course, see the Ropes link on our webpage:


To apply for this year’s Amherst and UMASS Police Youth Adventure Academy you must:

You will be contacted with a confirmation, as well as provided with additional information.

Forward any questions to Amherst Officer Yvonne Feliciano at 413-259-3000 or email ; or contact UMASS Officer Brian Kellogg at 413-545-2121 or email

Mail Application and Release of Liability as well as paragraph from attendee to: 

Amherst Police Department, Attn: Officer Yvonne Feliciano, 111 Main Street,

Amherst, MA  01002

*******Applications and Release of Liability forms must be received by JUNE 16, 2018******

Youth Adventure Academy Website and Applications
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