Nineteen children from Oswego County are attending the state Sheriff’s Association Summer Camp in Penn Yan in Yates County, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd said this week.
The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This will mark the 37th year of the camp’s operation.
The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s honorary members through their contributions and annual dues.
This year the camp will accommodate more than 900 boys and girls from across New York state.
“This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Oswego County residents for donating and making this possible,” Todd said.
“The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program is designed to provide a child who ordinarily would not have the chance, an opportunity to go away during the summer,” Todd said.
“The primary objective is to create positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs who participate in the camp programs. We have found from experiences during the first 36 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws.”
Throughout the week-long stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by sheriffs’ offices from across the state.
Included in these presentations are D.A.R.E. presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, pistol and archery competitions for accuracy and even a talent show just for fun.
Upon completion of their stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”