Underprivileged children ages 10-12 will soon have the opportunity to attend a summer camp, thanks in part to the good-hearted efforts of the National Corvette Museum and a group of enthusiasts.
Since 2010, the Museum has made donations to help pay for the Kentucky State Police’s Trooper Island Camp. This year, Corvette enthusiasts raised $13,500 for the camp thanks to a multi-day road tour of Kentucky, with stops at many iconic locations, including Kentucky Horse Park and Rupp Arena, where the University of Kentucky Wildcats play. Another $13,500 also raised during the event went to the NCM.
Trooper Island is a free summer camp for boys and girls operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, with no public funds used.
Each year, the camp hosts about 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance, and structured, esteem-building activities aimed at building good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The children attending would not be able to afford to go to summer camp, according to Camp Commander Trooper First Class Jonathan Biven.
“Often when these children arrive at camp, they are burdened with life’s struggles,” he says. “We provide a get-away for them where they experience unique activities that develop confidence, trust, and creating memories that last a lifetime.”
Applications for the camp are due May 1, 2017 and are available on the KSP website.
Once the application is completed it should be mailed to the nearest KSP Post in proximity to the camper’s residence. Click here for a map of the KSP posts along with mailing addresses.
Bivens says the camp roster fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to complete camp applications as soon as possible.
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