Niagara Gazette

June 24, 2013

Sheriff's office sends 23 children to summer camp

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

The Niagara County Sheriff Office is sending 23 children from the county to the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2013 Summer Camp. Eleven young people from Niagara County left on Sunday for the summer camp.  A second group of 12 young campers will be heading to camp on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s 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. This is the 37th year of operation for the camp.

Deputy Joseph Flagler, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, will be attending camp for the fifth year in a row. Deputy Flagler will be heading down to camp with the second group of young campers from Niagara County. Two new faces from Niagara County will be volunteering as counselors at camp this year, Corey Mack and Tyler Mack. They are the

sons of Sergeant Kevin Mack and Victim Advocate Kristen Mack, both employed by the Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout the week-long stay, the children participate in typical camp activities such as archery, sailing, boating, hiking, and talent shows.  They also experience technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs including scuba diving, K-9 handling, bicycle safety and boating safety.

“The campers get an insider's look at the world of law enforcement,” Sheriff James Voutour said, adding, “By working with and learning from the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs at the camp, the kids develop a deeper respect for, and understanding of, the men and women who enforce our laws. We again, are very happy to be able to send these kids from Niagara County for this great camping experience. We are giving many children an opportunity to go away for the summer and participate in a

program, which we hope, will be a long lasting memory for them.”

Upon completion of the kids stay, all children will be awarded a diploma for their participation.