Chicago Metropolitan Chapter

Justice by Action

2014 Peace in the Park After Dark

This year's Peace in the Park After Dark was another success! The program saw approximately 57 young campers guided by 30 volunteers. 

From Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:30 p.m. to Saturday, August 16, 2014 8 a.m., Commander Fred Waller and the 6th District CAPS office will host the third annual overnight youth camping event at the Nat King Cole Park, located at 85th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The program anticipates about 100 children between the ages of 11 and 18 to participate in this outdoor event.

The purpose of this camping is to provide an open air environment and outdoor experience, as well as mentoring and the promotion of safe use of the park through exciting activities and plays pursuant to the vision of P.O. Thomas Wortham, IV, who was a dedicated Chicago Police Officer and president of the Nat King Cole Park Advisory Council before he was killed during a robbery as he left his parents' home at the edge of the park.

This will be the first camping experience for many of these children. The program's goal is to provide an alternative to joining street gangs by offering adolescents an opportunity to join a positive organization such as the 6th District Explorer Youth Program.

Set-up of the area will be done in the morning of August 15, 2014, with the activities to start at 3:30 p.m.

​For pictures of the 2012 campout, please visit the Chicago Police Department Facebook page here.

For more information, check out these media clips

Young People Celebrate Non-Violence in Campout (CBS)

"Peace in the Park After Dark" honors slain police officer (Fox News)

Peace in the Park After Dark 2012 (Chicago Now)

Annual Campout for Kids Honors Fallen Cop's Legacy (DNAInfo)