A delegation of 30 youngsters and eight officers has returned from a week of fun and learning at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Inglis. The campers said they enjoyed their experience at camp.
The group returned this week where they were greeted by parents and friends at Firemen’s Field in Sebring.
The 30 children were accompanied at camp by School Resource Sergeant Chris Myers along with School Resource Deputies Mike Helms, Mike Brod, Juan Delgado, Dewayne Proctor, and Shannon Purvis; Sebring Police School Resource Officer Wilma Tindell; and Deputy Lars Kirkegard.
Deputy Juan Delgado said he was pleased with the camp experience. “We really have a great time with the kids,” he said. “They had a lot of fun, and we did, too.”
The Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches was founded in 1957 by the Sheriffs of Florida. The mission is to prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities for years to come. The camp hosts boys and girls from ages
10 – 15 from around the state at no cost to parents. The one-week sessions are held throughout the summer and provide an opportunity for deputies to interact with kids and build positive relationships.
“This camp is so important to so many kids who would not otherwise have such an opportunity,” said Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton in a press release. “I have been to camp on a number of occasions with our kids; they learn teamwork, how to live in a large community setting for a week, sharing, chores, and of course, the many demonstrations and activities with law enforcement professionals. It is quite the good time and learning experience.”
Benton offered her thanks to the many folks who donate to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, making this opportunity possible. “This is the best investment ever,” she said.