Disadvantaged city kids take part in Councilman Wesson’s camping project

KABC | July 17, 2012

LAKE VIEW TERRACE, LOS ANGELES — Dozens of kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods across Los Angeles are getting out of the city and getting into nature this week. One camp close to the city feels a million miles away.

For some of these kids, this camping trip gives them a chance to experience life outside of gang violence, fear and all too often, tragedy. Tuesday morning more than 70 boys and girls ages 8 to 12 pitched tents at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley, taking part in a program by the Project SAVE gang-intervention organization and the city of Los Angeles.

“Next year is my last year so I want to make sure these two years that I can come and camp is the best time I can have,” said Panorama City resident Jadine Ramirez.

“I grew up in the Crenshaw area, and so I know what it’s like to grow up without those opportunities and resources, just to get away from all the violence and stuff like that, so I think this is really special,” said camp counselor Jasmine Baker.

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