Youth Academy


  • Citizenship
  • Responsibility
  • Knowledge


During the upcoming summer, the Edwardsville Police Department will be hosting its annual Youth Academy.
The academy is a unique and exciting program that was developed to provide young boys and girls ages 12 through 16 with positive summer activities that are fun, challenging, and informative.Founded on the principles of Citizenship, Responsibility, and Knowledge, the youth academy program focuses on academics and activities that provide physical fitness, confidence building, and the development of leadership skills. Some summer academy activities have included:

  • Citizenship Class
  • Community Service Project
  • CPR Certification
  • Eagle Crest High Challenge Course
  • Eagle Crest Rappelling Tower
  • Eagle Crest Rock Climbing Wall
  • Eagle Crest Team Challenge Course
  • Land Navigation Class
  • Leadership Class
  • Multi-Mile Hike
  • Personal Safety / Self Defense Class
  • Power Aerobics
  • Presidential Fitness Testing
  • Problem Solving
  • Swimming at Raging Rivers Water Park
  • Ultimate Challenge
  • Volunteerism Class


This is not a summer camp, the Youth Academy is an intense two-week long leadership academy. Daily attendance is mandatory upon being enrolled. If a scheduling conflict exists (e.g., vacation, camps, etc.) an individual should not consider enrollment. The academy enrollees / participants must work together in team units and partial attendance would be counter-productive based upon the large amount of time, funding, and work invested into each individual towards their successful completion of the academy as a team.


The Youth Academy schedule is included on the application and is a two week program Monday through Friday, (Excluding Saturday and Sunday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s School Gymnasium, located at 1802 Madison Avenue, in Edwardsville, IL.

Classes will begin promptly at 8a.m., with dismissal at 4 p.m., unless otherwise scheduled. Each participant should anticipate bringing a sack lunch with preferred soft drink each day. In order to complete the academy successfully, participants are expected to be responsible for their daily attendance. 


There will be a Graduation/Awards Banquet on the second Friday of the Youth Academy. 


The application (PDF) has the two-part application form. Submission instructions are located on the form. 

Class Size

The youth academy is limited to 25 maximum and 15 minimum participants so do not wait! Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and priority will be given to Edwardsville residents and students of the Edwardsville Public and Parochial Schools. Prior conduct will be a consideration for admission to this program.


There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60. Checks are made payable to the Edwardsville Police Youth Academy and submitted with completed application. Applications deadline located on the application. 

More Information

If you desire to attend please fill out the application (PDF) and mail it to:

Edwardsville Police Youth Academy
Public Safety Building
333 S. Main Street
Edwardsville IL 62025


Officer John Arendell is the coordinator of the program. Contact him at 618-972-8795 or email John Arendell.