Camping season opens at the Sheriffs' Ranch

Pictured are Marshall County campers Landon Story, Blake Prince, Tony Prince, Seth Reed, Garrett Turner, Ethan Lee, Ja'nathen Lee, Seth Ellsworth, Thomas Sprenger and Cameron Smith. Also pictured are Marshall County Deputy Robert Johnson and Ranch Coordinator Kayla Quarles.

The summer camping program at the Kentucky Sheriffs' Boys and Girls Ranch officially opened to campers for their 45th camping season Sunday, June 9. The camp runs throughout June and July, serving both boys and girls alternating weeks, throughout the camp season.

The Boys and Girls Ranch is a non-profit organization, serving Kentucky's youth through a camping program designed to build their self-esteem, while teaching them respect for themselves, others and law enforcement professionals. The camp is free to the campers, thanks to the dedication and support of the Sheriffs, members and contributors. The cost of serving the children costs about $500.00 per week per child. With continued donations and support from our contributors, we will continue reaching Kentucky's youth. Remember, 100% of your donation(s) directly benefit the camp.

Jerry Wagner, the Executive Director, said "In addition to our regular camp activities such as arts and crafts, nature, sports, swimming, fishing and archery, we've added a few things to our playground and updated the climbing wall. The campers are excited to climb the wall. The campers also enjoy visits from local volunteer organizations, which include a fire safety program by the Gilbertsville Fire Department, K-9 Fox and a drug awareness education program by the Marshall County Sheriffs' Office, and the McCracken County Child Watch program It is a week filled with fun and learning and our hope is for the campers to create a lifetime of memories during their stay, as well as learn the values of respect and other life skills."

Wagner added, "On behalf of the campers and staff, we send our heartfelt thanks to all who have helped, not only this year, but since our inception. Were it not for all of you, we would not be able to continue to make a difference in the children's lives and your support is greatly appreciated."

Boys in attendance the week of June 24th are from the following counties: Adair, Campbell, Garrard, Hardin, Kenton, Marshall, Montgomery, Nelson, Ohio, Pike, Russell, Shelby and Trigg.

For more information about the Boys and Girls Ranch or how you can invest in a child's life and help build Kentucky's youth, please call the Ranch at (270) 362-8660.

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