Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is a national gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. G.R.E.A.T. is designed to prevent delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children. The program is focused on preventing bullying, respecting others, making good life choices, conflict resolution, anger recognition and management. G.R.E.A.T. is provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office to local schools with six once-a-week classes for students in 4th and 5th grade, and 13 once-a-week classes for students in 6th through 8th grade.

A large component of the program are the week-long Sheriff's Youth Summer Camps held during the summer. The camps provide educational field trips, competitive games and activities, all designed to provide life skills to students to help them avoid using violence to solve problems.

The 2021 Camps will be held:

North Camp (Lillian Larsen Elementary): June 14-18, 2021
email your application to: [email protected]

Coast Camp (Cayucos Elementary School): June 28-July 2, 2021
email your application to: [email protected]

South Camp (Mesa Middle School): August 2-6, 2021
email your application to: [email protected]

 ** The camps will be limited to the first 60 applications**


These camps are free to all participating students, who live in the un-incorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

For more information about G.R.E.A.T. in San Luis Obispo County, email us.

For the summer camp application, please click on the following link:
English Application
Spanish Application

Submit your application to your school office, or to the email address listed above.

For more information about the national program visit the G.R.E.A.T. website.