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July 13, 2011

Sheriff Reuel A. Todd Announces Participation in Sheriff's Summer Camp Program

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel "Moe" Todd announced today that 21 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's 2011 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 35TH 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'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 Todd, 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 an opportunity to go away during the summer." Sheriff Todd pointed out that, "The primary objective is to create a positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs who participate in the camp programs. We have found from experience during the first 34 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce our laws. The deputies become their friends and in some cases act as substitute parents for a week," said a proud Sheriff Todd.

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, archery competitions for accuracy, and even a talent show just for fun.

Upon completion of the kids stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of "Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies."


Children between the ages of nine and twelve from throughout Oswego County are shown preparing to board a bus on Sunday, 7/10/11, to begin an adventure at the 35th Annual New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute's Summer Camp located at Camp Iroquois in Penn Yan, New York. Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene F. Sullivan, III (left) was on hand to see the campers off along with Deputy Robert Ramsey, President of the Oswego County Deputy Sheriffs' Association. Deputy Ramsey presented each camper with a T-shirt donated by the Deputies' Association. While at Camp Iroquois the youngsters will spend a week filled with fun activities, including drug-prevention presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, and pistol and archery competitions, activities that will afford them a better understanding of the men and women who enforce laws. Twenty-one children from Oswego County were selected to attend camp this year. They include: Amanda and Terry Belden, Jacob Friot, Colten Hardy, Hannah Revoir, and Gregory Skilinski, (Village of Pulaski), Travis Benjamin (Village of Sandy Creek), Casey Christian, Christina Dobson, Dyerin and Joshua Gareau, Andrea and Cerenity Geer, Morgan Leach, Joshua Pool, and Sullivan Worns (Town of Richland), Trace Clark and Aaron Farmer, (Town of Sandy Creek), William Henry, Jr., (Town of Orwell), Cody Phillips (Town of Boylston), and Cheyenne White (Town of Hannibal).

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