Cattaraugus County Sheriff Asks For Help In Sending Kids To Camp

LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb is asking for help. Not in the capture of a criminal, not for the public safety, but in the name of helping out children.

Every year, children from around New York state have the chance to go to camp on Keuka Lake. Many children come from economically disadvantaged homes. Each and every one of them is able to go without worrying about where the funds will come from.

In its 37th year, the New York State Sheriff’s Association’s Sheriff’s Summer Camp gives about 840 under-privileged kids the chance to have the experience of summer camp. Recreational activities on the shore of Keuka Lake are combined with lessons to teach an understanding and respect for laws and those that enforce them is coupled with staffing levels that allow nearly a one-to-one ratio of counselors and campers.

“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,” Whitcomb said. “By becoming an honorary member of the New York State Sheriff’s Association you are supporting the Sheriff’s Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

According to a release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, 31 children form the county will attend the camp.

Whitcomb is asking that members of local communities take the time to help these children out and become honorary members of the Sheriff’s Association. The association was established in 1979 and is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, which allows donations to be tax deductible.

Honorary membership to the association is usually by invitation, however, those interested and not receiving an invitation can contact the Sheriff’s Office or visit to download an application. The solicitation of invited members is in a nonpartisan format with invitees selected at random.

For more information on the Sheriff’s Summer Camp or other programs offered through the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute, visit the website.