ISA camp applications now available

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Time to sign up for some summer fun and learning at the annual Indiana Sheriffs' Association Youth Leadership Camp with members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Applications are currently available at the Clay County Justice Center during normal business hours until the June 29 deadline.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, who helps organize the annual event, told The Brazil Times the camp creates an opportunity for young adults to see law enforcement officers in a whole new light while participating in fun activities that help develop trusting relationships and leadership skills.

"Working with the kids gives us an opportunity to develop better relationships with them," Heaton said. "Working together at camp helps kids realize police officers are not bad guys and we're there to help them."

The ISA provides the funding for the camp and, Heaton said, scholarship assistance is available for families with children who might want to go but are unable to afford the camp registration fee.

The CCSD is currently selling raffle tickets for a Harley Davison motorcycle to help support the upcoming youth camp. The funds generated from the ticket sales also support ISA's 40 college scholarships and death benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

"Tickets sales have been really good this year," Heaton said. "We're hoping to have the motorcycle on display during the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive (Thursday) so people can get a look at it."

Around 80 children from the southern part of the state, including those registered from Clay County, at Waycross Episcopal Camp, Morgantown (Brown County) July 6-8.

Law enforcement officers from various sheriff's departments around the state conduct demonstrations about boat and water safety, drunk driving simulations, K-9 demonstrations, defensive tactics and use team activities and sports to teach leadership skills, comradeship and discipline.

Guest lecturers are also invited to speak at the camp about how the government works, why laws exist as a way to develop good citizenship and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

For additional information and to pick up an application, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535, Ext. 5.

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