Fifteen children from Chautauqua County will participate in the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's 2014 summer camp.
The camp is designed to provide a recreational program with the development of good citizenship. This is the 37th 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 Institute's Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. More than 900 youth statewide are expected to participate.
"This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Chautauqua County residents for donating and making this possible," said Sheriff Joe Gerace. "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. 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. The deputies become their friends and, in some cases, substitute parents for a week."
Throughout the weeklong 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 a talent show.
Upon completion of their stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation.