Youth Adventure Academy


The Youth Adventure Academy is for students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Space is limited to 20. Preference is given to Amherst residents and to youth who have an affiliation to UMass Amherst. Affiliations include youth whose parents or guardians are employees or students at UMass Amherst.

Program Schedule and Description

The Youth Adventure Academy is offered every summer by UMPD and the Amherst Police Department.  The Academy is an innovative and effective program for the young people in our community. It's designed to establish a positive relationship between the Amherst Police, UMass Amherst Police, and the youth in our community.

Academy counselors are Amherst and UMPD Police Officers.  Lunch is provided each day at the UMass Dining Common and every participant receives a t-shirt. The Academy is intended to:

  • Enhance responsible citizenship
  • Provide positive interaction with police officers
  • Educate young people about the challenges and responsibilities of police work
  • Participate in team-building activities at our Adventure Ropes Course located at the summit of the Norwottuck range

The Amherst and UMass Police Youth Adventure Academy will provide those participating with lunch each day at the UMass Dining Common. All students will need to have transportation to the UMass Police Department each morning for a 8:30AM start (not earlier!), and picked up each afternoon from the UMass Police Department promptly at 4:00PM.

Questions regarding the Youth Adventure Academy can be forwarded to Amherst Officer Yvonne Feliciano at 413-259-3311.  You can also contact UMass Officer Brian Kellogg  at 413-545-9461.   

Applications can be downloaded or you may contact Officer Feliciano or Officer Kellogg.  


Students will attend morning classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays, and interactive demonstrations by police officers of the Amherst and UMass Police Departments in the areas of law, crime scene, defensive tactics, patrol procedures, and internet safety to name just a few. These classes will be held at both the Amherst and UMass Police Departments. Most afternoon sessions will be held at our Adventure Based Ropes Course at the Norwottuck Range where we will promote teamwork, communication, and offer opportunities to develop positive relationships with police officers.   


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.