The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s annual “honorary membership” drive will raise money for a summer camp for economically challenged children, according to St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells.
The drive, scheduled to begin within the next week, will contribute to the sheriffs’ summer camp held annually on Keuka Lake. The camp attracts 840 children from across the state each year.
The 37th annual camp, to be held this summer, will include approximately 25 to 30 St. Lawrence County children. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the cost of the camp stay and transportation.
The Sheriffs’ Camp combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, law and law enforcement officers. The camp emphasizes the development of self esteem.
“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Kevin Wells said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”
In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of the state’s community college criminal justice programs.
For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org.
Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the institute by becoming an honorary member should contact the sheriff or visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application. Invitees for honorary membership are selected at random. All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible.