30 St. Lawrence County children attending sheriff's summer camp at Keuka Lake
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:35 am

Thirty young people from St. Lawrence County will leave Sunday, July 16, for the New York State Sheriffs' Institute 2017 Summer Camp.

The summer campers are from all parts of the county and they heading off for Camp Iroquois, located on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of Yates County, for a week of wholesome summer fun.

This year’s group includes campers from the school districts: Canton, Clifton-Fine, Edwards-Knox, Hammond, Hermon-Dekalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Morristown, Norwood-Norfolk, Parishville-Hopkinton and St. Lawrence Central.

Now in its 41st year of operation, the camp will accommodate over 900 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 from across New York State this summer. The campers attend at no charge.

The camp provides a recreational program, while stressing basic values and good citizenship. The camp is supported by the financial support of the Honorary Members of the Sheriffs’ Institute.

“The campers will be provided the whole summer camp experience,” said Sheriff Kevin M. Wells. “By working with and learning from the sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and counselors at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect for and understanding of the men and women who enforce our laws and how to work together in a positive manner with their peers.”

Campers participate in typical camp activities, like archery, sailing, boating, hiking, and talent shows. They also experience technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs such as scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is a program of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Inc.

The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 with the mission to assist the Office of the Sheriff in advancing education in the criminal justice community, preventing juvenile delinquency, and supporting victims of crime and their families.

Visit www.nysheriffsinstitute.org for more information.