ALBANY—The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute has begun its annual Honorary Membership drive in Columbia County, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.
The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.
The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 38th year of operation, is on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.
The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The high camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.
For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org. Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.
The institute was established in 1979 and is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.