Twenty-three children from Niagara County will attend the New York State Sheriffs Association Institute’s 2013 Summer Camp this year.
“The campers get an insider’s look at the world of law enforcement,” said Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour.
“By working with and learning from the sheriffs and sheriff’s deputies at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect and understanding of the men and women who enforce our laws,” the sheriff said.
He said 11 young people left this week for camp, and a second group of 12 will head out Sunday to the camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County.
The camp, which is currently in its 37th year, is supported by contributions and dues from honorary members of the Sheriffs Association.
This year, the camp will host 900 boys and girls from across New York State.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Flagler will travel to the camp for the fifth year in a row with the young campers.
Two Niagara County brothers, Corey and Tyler Mack, are volunteering this year as counselors.
The brothers are the sons of Sgt. Kevin Mack and Victim Advocate Kristen Mack, both of whom are employed by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Throughout the week, the participants will enjoy archery, sailing, boating, hiking and a talent show.
They will also receive technical and safety demonstrations by sheriff’s deputies in scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.
“We are very happy to be able to send these kids from Niagara County for this great camping experience,” Voutour said.
“We are giving many children an opportunity to go away for the summer and participate in a program that we hope will be a long lasting memory for them,” the sheriff continued.