SMYRNA – Seventy-two youngsters were present yesterday for the second day of the Chenango County Sheriff’s 19th annual summer camp.
The Sheriff’s Summer Camp is designed to instill adolescents with a positive influence they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Members of the Sheriff’s Office, along with camp counselors and various guests, focus on teaching kids strong character traits while at the same time having fun. Each day of the week a specific theme is chosen, based on respect, caring, honor and responsibility. Counselors, law enforcement officers and first responders then attempt to teach the children different ways in which they can practically incorporate and express these ideals in their daily lives. Ultimately, organizers hope to reduce crime rates by teaching children to respect their fellow human beings as well as themselves.