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The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is hosting a free summer camp – Operation Star & Shield – for the children of fallen law enforcement officers in Florida. Hosted in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Association and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the camp will take place Aug. 8-12 at the Youth Ranches Caruth Camp in Inglis.
“The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches has operated successful camping programs for over 30 years, and we recently realized we could offer this service to our law enforcement family,” said Youth Ranches President Bill Frye. “This is an opportunity for us to honor our fallen officers by serving their children through summer camp.”
The five-day camp will be designed specifically for children and relatives of fallen officers, with participation from deputy sheriffs and other law enforcement volunteers from around the state. Camp activities will include sports, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and other outdoor activities designed to provide a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17.
The Youth Ranches is now accepting applications to attend Operation Star & Shield. Applications are also available by calling (800) 765-3797.