Nine children from low-income families in Cortland County will attend the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp, a week of wholesome fun for 9-12 year olds who would otherwise not be able to afford a summer camp or summer vacation.
According to the Sheriffs’ Institute, each County Sheriff is given a predetermined number of camper slots. Sheriff’s Offices use a variety of methods to identify deserving children to attend. The primary criteria is economically challenged children and children who can benefit with the positive interaction with deputy sheriffs.
Located on Keuka Lake and now in its 43rd year of operation, the camp brings together more than 900 boys and girls in similar economic situations from across New York State.
The campers attend at no charge and participate in typical camp activities like archery, sailing, boating, hiking and talent shows.
They also experience technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs like scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.
“The campers get an insiders look at the world of law enforcement,” said Sheriff Helms. “By working with and learning from the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect for and understanding of the men and women who enforce our laws.”
The camp is made possible by the generous financial support of the Honorary Members of the Sheriffs’ Institute, the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp provides a solid recreational program while stressing basic values and good citizenship.