Children from Oneida and Madison counties will join others from across the state at the annual Sheriff’s Institute Summer Camp this week.
The camp is in its 43rd year of operation, located on Keuka Lake in Yates County. The camp is made possible with financial support from honorary members of the Sheriff’s Institute. The camp sees over 900 children ages 9 to 12 at no charge.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol is sending 10 children to the summer camp while Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood is sending 16 children. Campers participate in typical camp activities, like archery, sailing, boating, hiking and talent shows. They also experience technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs, such as scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.
“The campers get an insiders look at the world of law enforcement,” both Hood and Maciol said. “By working with and learning from the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect for and understanding of the men and women who enforce our laws.”
The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is a program of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc. The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to assist the office of the sheriff in advancing education in the criminal justice community, preventing juvenile delinquency, and supporting victims of crime and their families.
For more information, visit www.nysheriffsinstitute.org.