‘Camp with a Cop’ Summer Program Provides Kids with Fresh Air, Fun, Friendship

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Kids and police alike are enjoying the opportunity to interact and enjoy fresh air, good food, and each others’ company, at the 11th Annual Kenny Kellams “Camp with a Cop” Summer Program.

The program lasts through Friday, at Glenn Wood Hills Camp Retreat in Derby, Indiana.

The camp is named after Cannelton Chief of Police Kenny Kellams, whose goal was to provide a summer program for underprivileged children who might not have the opportunity to enjoy vacations with their families during summer vacation from school.

Kellams’ desire was for these youth to be able to be active, and enjoy some fresh air and outdoor activities.

Kellams is deceased, but his legacy lives on through “Camp with a Cop.”

Attendees are host students entering the 5th through the 9th Grade.

Dues are typically $40 per camper, but no child is turned away, thanks to donations through the community and various other sponsorships.

Campers are provided with three homemade meals a day, along with snacks.

On the last night, campers are recognized during a graduation ceremony, where kids receive a t-shirt and other items.

Camp activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kickball
  • Dodgeball
  • Slip-n-Slide
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Obstacle Course
  • Marching Drills
  • Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, Air-Evac demonstrations
  • Scuba Diving
  • K-9 demonstration
  • SWAT demonstration
  • Firearm Demo and Safety demonstration
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Zip Line

Anyone wishing to donate can make checks payable to:

‘Perry County FOP #137’

Please add the word “Camp with a Cop” in the memo line.

Donations are accepted year-round, and any donation is greatly appreciated.

Applications and further information can be found by clicking here.

(This story was originally published on July 20, 2017)

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