Putnam Youths Enjoy Sheriffs’ Summer Camp

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that seven boys and nine girls from Putnam County were among hundreds of children from across the state who recently attended the New York State Sheriffs’ Association 2012 Summer Camp. This year marked the 37th year of the popular summer program.

The Sheriff’s Summer Camp is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State. It is supported by generous donations and annual dues of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Honorary Members. The recent session of the Summer Camp, which was held from June 24 through August 3 of this year, hosted over 900 children.

Sheriff Smith, in discussing the objectives and goals of the camp said, “The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp program is designed to provide children who would probably not have an opportunity to attend camp a chance to go away and enjoy the summer. The primary objective of the camp is to create positive interaction between the campers and the Sherifs and Deputy Sheriffs participating in the programs. We have found from experience that children develop a greater respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce our law while enjoying the activities near the beautiful Keuka Lake. They often see deputies as friends and role models for the time they spend at the camp.”

Throughout their week-long stay, campers enjoyed special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriff’s Departments from across the state. Presentations included D.A.R.E. anti-drug and anti-violence lessons; boating and bicycling safety programs; displays of law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations; pistol and archery competitions and a camper talent show. Upon completion of their stay, campers were awarded a diploma attesting to their participation in a program entitled “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.

Sheriff Smith expressed his gratitude to the camp staff members and especially cited the efforts of Putnam County Deputy Sheriffs Richard Mansfield and Steven Kanuk, trained School Resource Officers, who served as camp counselors. “Deputies Mansfield and Kanuk devoted a tremendous amount of energy and worked from before dawn to after dusk in overseeing activities for the children and ensuring they had a rewarding camping experience.”