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Youth Academy Program

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office runs a four week academy for youth from Barnstable County to provide a supportive environment in which Barnstable County youth between the ages of 12 and 16 develop pro-social skills and increased resiliency. This collaborative effort brings together specially trained staff from correctional, educational, police and treatment facilities committed to helping kids achieve important physical, emotional and intellectual developmental goals. The BCSO Youth Academy focuses on self-control, respect, teamwork, integrity, communication, and decision-making skills.

The Youth Academy operates during the summer months and empowers individuals, families and communities to stop violence, substance abuse, delinquency, and crime. The program aims to prevent adult incarceration of our youth by meeting developmental needs early and positively through effective prevention/intervention services. Students are recommended into the program by teachers, counselors, police officers, and parents.

All students must submit a completed Youth Academy Application to the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office for acceptance into the program. All students must agree to attend each day of the scheduled Youth Academy.

A message from Sheriff Cummings:

“We recognize that no single program or agency has the ability to change the course of a child’s life. That’s why we are partnering with community organizations, families, and local agencies. Through the Sheriff’s Youth Academy, we are providing Cape Cod with a positive atmosphere designed to promote responsibility, instill life skills, and build character. We need your support and assistance in this endeavor. Together we can all make a difference in the lives of our youth.”

Sheriff James M. Cummings

Applications are being accepted for the

2022 Youth Academy being held

July 12, 2022 to August 4, 2022 at

 Cape Cod Community College 


For questions about our Youth Programs or to submit an application please send an email to:

Disclaimer: Acknowledgement of receipt of a completed Youth Academy Application does not guarantee placement in the Youth Academy Program. The BCSO reserves the right to limit the amount of students in each yearly Academy.

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