Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announces participation in Summer Camp program
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that 15 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2014 Summer Camp. The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This will mark the 37th year of the camp’s operation.
The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, which is located near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp will accommodate over 900 deserving boys and girls from across New York State. Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace stated “This is a great opportunity for our county youth and I personally thank Chautauqua County residents for donating and making this possible.”
Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace of Chautauqua County, in discussing the objectives and goals of the camp said, “The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program is designed to provide a child who ordinarily would not have the chance, an opportunity to go away during the summer.” Sheriff Gerace pointed out that, “The primary objective is to create positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs who participate in the camp programs. We have found from experiences during the first 36 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws. “The deputies become their friends and in some cases substitute parents for a week,” a proud Sheriff Gerace states.
Throughout the week-long stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the State. Included in these presentations are D.A.R.E. presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, pistol and archery competitions for accuracy and even a talent show just for fun.
Upon completion of their stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”