Catt. Co. Youth To Participate In Sheriffs’ Summer Camp

Thirty-one Cattaraugus County youth will participate in the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2014 Summer Camp.

The camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association’s honorary members through their contributions and annual dues. The camp will accommodate more than 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York state.

“This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Cattaraugus County residents for donating and making this possible,” said Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb. “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. For example kids see deputy sheriffs in T-shirts and shorts all week. Then on the final morning at the awards ceremony the kids see the deputy sheriffs dressed in full uniform. They are so surprised to see that there new “buddies” are cops. A very positive lesson as they move forward through life.”

Throughout the weeklong stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Departments 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 archery competitions for accuracy and a talent show.

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.