Hosted in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Association and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the camp will take place Aug. 8-12 at the Youth Ranches Caruth Camp in Inglis.
“The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches has operated successful camping programs for over 30 years, and we recently realized we could offer this service to our law enforcement family,” said Youth Ranches President Bill Frye. “This is an opportunity for us to honor our fallen officers by serving their children through summer camp.”
The five-day camp will be designed specifically for children and relatives of fallen officers, with participation from deputy sheriffs and other law enforcement volunteers from around the state. Camp activities will include sports, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor activities designed to provide a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17.
About the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, founded 57 years ago, has been improving the lives of at-risk children through its six Florida locations and comprehensive programs. Since the first child served, the Florida Sheriffs are credited with helping more than 136,000 children and families. From weekly camps to residential programs, the dedicated staff works hard to promote strict core values and to assist children in living productive, law-abiding and successful lives.
The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens. This charitable nonprofit corporation was founded by the Florida Sheriffs Association and operates three residential child-care campuses and three summer camps. Voluntary contributions are the primary source of funding, especially gifts made through special bequests in wills and trusts. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camp Association. For more information, visit youthranches.org.
Chad McLeod, APR
SOURCE: Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
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