Sheriff's Summer Camp

News from Sheriff's Office, Posted on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 1:04pm
Standing with the campers are Lt. Shawn Gregory

Standing with the campers are Lt. Shawn Gregory

Standing with the campers are Inv. Christa Heckathorn

Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb Announces Participation in Summer Camp Program

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb announced today that 29 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2012 Summer Camp. 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 35th year of the camp’s operation.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp will accommodate over 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York State. Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb stated “This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Cattaraugus County residents for donating and making this possible”.

Sheriffs’ Association President Sheriff Donald B. Smith of Putnam County, in discussing the objectives and goals of the camp 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.” Sheriff Smith pointed out that, “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 34 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws. “The deputies become their friends and in some cases substitute parents for a week,” a proud Sheriff Smith states.

Throughout the week-long stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Departments 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”.

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