At-risk youth fly high at aviation camp

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – At-risk youth from Beaufort County are in Greenville this week for a special aviation camp.

This camp is FAA approved and the only one of its kind in North Carolina.

This week, they’re turning campers into pilots at Dillon’s Aviation flight school at Pitt-Greenville Airport.

It’s a four week camp with the first two weeks focused on aviation.

The group of fourteen kids first learned how to fly a plane, tried out the flight simulator Wednesday, and are piloting planes for themselves on Thursday and Friday.

The camp is free of charge to under-represented Beaufort County youth.

Police Activities League President Alvin Powell says it’s about the bigger picture.

“Our objective is to reach these kids before they make the bad decisions, before they modify their lifestyle, and don’t know how to make proper choices, and get them thinking about some positive alternatives irrespective of what their lifestyle may be at home as 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and know that there’s hope, there’s a positive alternative,” Powell said.

This is the third year Beaufort County PAL is hosting its Aviation and Water Sports Camp. Next week, the kids take on sailing and snorkeling.

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