Kentucky State Police have begun taking applications for kids to attend the annual Trooper Island summer camp at Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County.
The camp, which is operated by the state police, hosts about 700 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 12 every year. The camp provides food, recreation, and activities intended to build relationships between the kids and the police. Camp Commander Trooper First Class Jonathan Biven said there is a misconception that the camp is like a “boot camp” for troubled kids.
“That is truly a misconception,” said Biven. “This camp is for well-behaved children who deserve the opportunity to attend a summer camp, but their families simply can’t afford it.”
Applications are due May 1, and are available on the KSP website at kentuckystatepolice.org/island/pdf/campforms2017.pdf
Once the application is completed, campers should mail it to the KSP Post closest to their home. A map of the KSP posts and their mailing addresses, can be found at http:// kentuckystatepolice.org/post.html.
The camp operates on donations only. No tax money is used. This year, Kentucky State Police are raffling off a new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Winter Edition four-wheel-drive vehicle to help pay for the camp. Tickets are $10 each. To buy a ticket, contact any KSP post or CVE region office located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 27, 2017 at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders don’t have to be present to win.