LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A bunch of young Livingston County residents are now enjoying the New York State Sheriffs’ Association annual summer camp in Penn Yan, playing and learning alongside Deputies.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, 13 children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to go on a summer trip are now at the 39th annual Sheriffs’ Association Summer Camp, designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship.
“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,” said Dougherty. “We have found from experiences during the first 38 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. This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Livingston County residents for donating and making this possible.”
The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues.
Throughout the week-long stay, over 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York State see 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 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.’