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  Summer Camp  

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children.

Sheriffs’ Summer Camp: Almost 900 children from across New York State attend the sheriffs’ camp for economically challenged children, which is located on Keuka Lake. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays all costs for the campers, including transportation, a week of camp, meals, and traditional camp activities like sailing, archery, and crafts. The camp is in its 42nd year of operation. The children attending for the most part don’t have an opportunity for a summer vacation or the opportunity for a summer camp experience

The Sheriffs’ Camp curriculum combines summer recreation with programs designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention and a real emphasis on the development of self-esteem.

“The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp might be more important now than ever,” Sheriff DuMond said. “And it is completely supported by our Honorary Members. Their donations allow us to send at-risk children to camp to spend a week doing traditional camp activities. At the end of the week, the deputies there put on their uniforms and these kids learn that we are on their side, that we are human.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Program. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

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 person interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail.

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, please visit The Sheriffs’ Institute is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.

All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute are tax deductible. In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

Please Contact Jessica Miller (Summer Camp Coordinator) at 607-832-5594 with any questions.

2018 Summer Camp Application (pdf)

NY Department of Health Children's Camp Info Brochure (pdf)

NY Department of Health Immunization Requirements (pdf)

– The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute does not and will not ever use telemarketing to raise funds.  If anyone in Delaware County receives a call from someone claiming they are representing the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute and are asking for a donation they should just hang up. The only contact people will receive from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute is a letter of invitation to become an honorary member. They can read the letter and if they choose to support the fundraising campaign, great. If not, they can simply throw the letter out and they will not be contacted by New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute again.