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The 4th Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp is scheduled for June 24 to 28. Precinct 12 Dundalk will host the camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merritt Point Park located at 7800 Dunmanway in Dundalk 21222.

The week-long camp focuses on underprivileged and at-risk youth from ages 8 to 14. It is free to participants nominated by local schools, recreation councils and other programs. There will be “skills and drills” for the participants in the morning and games after lunch. A cookout is scheduled on the last day of camp.

Officer McElfish, a 25-year veteran of the department who works in Precinct 12 Dundalk, began this program in 2016. He was awarded the Baltimore County Police Foundation's Community Service Award this year for his dedicated efforts in creating and leading youth sports camps and his outstanding commitment to serving the community. He has also played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians.

The camp helps to strengthen relations between police officers and young people.

Watch video from last year's baseball camp.

The 3rd Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp is scheduled for June 25 to 29. Precinct 12 Dundalk will host the camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merritt Point Park located at 7800 Dunmanway in Dundalk 21222.

The week-long camp focuses on underprivileged and at-risk youth from ages 8 to 14. It is free to participants nominated by local schools, recreation councils and other programs. There will be “skills and drills” for the participants in the morning and games after lunch. A cookout is scheduled on the last day of camp.

Officer McElfish, a 24-year veteran of the department who works in Precinct 12 Dundalk, began this program in 2016. He has also played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians.

The camp helps to strengthen relations between police officers and young people.

UPDATE (July 26, 2016  2:44 p.m.):

The First Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp began yesterday at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. Many children braved the heat to sharpen their skills. The heat caused the camp to close early, but everyone was back at it this morning.

The camp runs through Friday and is for underprivileged or at risk youth in south-eastern Baltimore County

Original release (April 28, 2016  8:09 a.m.):

Officers with the Baltimore County Police Department Dundalk Precinct will be holding the First Annual Baltimore County Police Department Baseball Camp from July 25 to July 29 at CCBC Dundalk - free for underprivileged or at risk youth in south-eastern Baltimore County.

The camp is the idea of Officer Spike McElfish, a 22-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department currently assigned to the Dundalk Precinct. Before becoming a police officer, McElfish played baseball for a minor league team in the Cleveland Indians organization. When he is not serving the citizens of Baltimore County as a police officer McElfish is the head coach for the Eastern Technical High School baseball team and a coach for American Legion Post 38’s baseball team.

McElfish hopes that the camp will help police officers and these at risk youth connect through baseball. He stated that he wants to “help bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement officers through positive contacts”

Children will be nominated to attend the camp through local schools, recreation councils, and other programs.

Officers still need some help to make this event a success. They are still in need of equipment such as balls, bats, and baseball gloves. In addition, they would also like to provide lunches for the campers. Anyone that can help out is asked to call the Dundalk Precinct Community Outreach Team at 410-887-7337.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017