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How many kids watch television today and say they want to be a crime scene investigator when they grow up. The answer is definitely countless! How many of them grow up and actually do it? Meet Linnell Burton, Founder of Blueprint Camp and an actual certified crime scene technician!
As a forensic science and criminal justice instructor in the state of Georgia, Burton has a genuine passion for teaching and facilitating crime scene investigation techniques to anyone interested in the field as a career or hobby. From this passion, Blueprint Camp was born! Blueprint is a registered, licensed, and insured camp that offers a week-long CSI day camp that is highly interactive, educational, and fun for camp goers! During the week, attendees engage in hands-on training, laboratory experiments, and investigations that feel like an actual crime scene experience- including presenting physical evidence in a moot criminal trial.
Even though forensics wasn't always her passion, Linnell Burton allowed experience and opportunity lead her into this amazing career. With her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University and a Master's of Public Administration in Criminal Justice Administration from Troy University, Burton has always known that she wanted to affect change within the criminal justice community as a Prosecuting Attorney after learning about a close family member's murder when she was a young girl. But, as opportunity would have it, after graduating with her B.A., Burton began her job hunt at City Hall searching for openings in the criminal justice field. Coming across an opening for a "Crime Scene Technician", she read the description and simply thought it would be an interesting experience. She applied for the position and the rest is history! Since then, Burton has 12 years in the field, including 5 with the City of Atlanta Police Department as a Senior Crime Scene Technician as well as 7 years spent with the DeKalb County Police Department as a Master Crime Scene Investigator.
Burton credits her passions for helping others, educating, and being a voice for victims are the driving forces behind her willingness to build Blueprint Camp. In the future, she sees great accomplishments for her business and herself. From having a traveling laboratory to a staged residential crime scene and permanent location for CSI-themed birthday parties, Burton has big plans for the future. It was through a leap of faith after losing her job that Burton stepped out and created Blueprint Camp.
When it comes to encouraging others to pursue their dreams in entrepreneurship, Burton advises, "Always seek the right people to aid you with making your dreams come true who have the same vision and passion you do. Do not be afraid of failure or setbacks. Follow your passion and do not give up."
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