LEWIS — The New York State Sheriffs Association Institute will soon launch its annual Honorary Membership Drive in Essex County.
The funds raised support the flagship program of the institute, the Sheriffs Summer Camp, which serves economically challenged children.
In its 37th year, the camp is located on Keuka Lake; 840 children from across the state attend each summer.
The Sheriffs Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation.
“Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience,” a press release from Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting said.
The camp blends summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, laws and the men and women who enforce them.
The strong camper-to-counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.
“In these difficult economic times, we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Cutting said.
“By becoming an honorary member, you are supporting the Sheriffs Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”
The Sheriffs Institute also operates a program that provides one scholarship to each of New York’s community college criminal-justice programs.
“This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal-justice vocation,” the release said.
For more information about the Sheriffs Summer Camp and other Sheriffs Institute Programs, go to www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply Google “Sheriffs Institute kids.”
Financial support for many institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues.
Invitations are extended on a nonpartisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random.
Anyone who does not receive an invitation in the mail to become an honorary member can do so by contacting Cutting at 873-6902 or downloading an application at www.sheriffsinstitute.org.