Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Governor Proclaims Trooper Island Day
KSP-Operated Camp Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Date of Release: 08/05/05
FRANKFORT, KY (Aug. 5, 2005) - Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed Aug. 6, 2005, as Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Day. Trooper Island, a free, non-profit camp for children whose families may not be able to afford summer camp, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Governor Fletcher issued a proclamation, which stated in part, "Troopers have been counselors and friends to ... children, giving them a different perspective on the role of law enforcement officers ... and Trooper Island's purpose is to serve as a life-changing adventure, not just another summer camping experience."
"The Trooper Island camp provides a wonderful service to Kentucky's kids who might not have a chance to experience one of the traditional activities of summer," said Governor Fletcher. "I congratulate the Kentucky State Police on Trooper Island's milestone anniversary."
KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller said he was pleased the Governor visited the island. "It was a great opportunity for the KSP and Trooper Island staff to show Governor Fletcher what Trooper Island contributes to this commonwealth. We appreciate his interest and well wishes," said Miller. "The troopers lend their time to the camp to foster leadership, teamwork and citizenship and show campers that officers can be friends and mentors. It's a unique, enduring program that we continue to build on so kids can get the most out of their experiences."
In 1965, the Kentucky State Police purchased a 34-acre island in Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County and had it declared a charitable, non-profit organization. Troopers cleared much of the land by hand and served at first as the camp's sole counselors. The first two years of the camp's operation, only two camps were held each year.
Today, troopers and college-age counselors work 12 camps during the 10-week season, which is packed with activities. Included during those 10 weeks are three special camps: One for Hispanic children to help bridge the cultural gap, one for children awaiting heart transplants and one for children with phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic condition that can cause mental retardation when not detected and treated early in infancy.
At season's end, 700 children have attended camp, learned about fingerprinting and other law enforcement duties, canoed and fished, and played tag football, all while Trooper Island staff reinforces fair play, teamwork and solid self-esteem.
The free camp is for disadvantaged girls and boys 10-12 years of age. To recommend a child for Trooper Island camp, contact any of the 16 Kentucky State Police posts. (See list of posts and phone numbers below.)
Aug. 6 is Trooper Island Appreciation Day and is open to the public. Festivities, which are on the island, include live music, free food and games. A barge will transport people to the island from 9-11 a.m. CDT. For directions to Trooper Island, go to the KSP Web site at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/directions.htm or call (270) 433-5422.
Fundraiser for Trooper Island
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is holding its biggest single fundraising event for the camp, the raffling of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle to benefit Trooper Island Inc. Each $10 ticket earns the buyer a chance to win a 2005 Harley-Davidson® FLSTF/FLSTFI Fat Boy® motorcycle. This fundraiser and other donations help the camp continue to host free summer camps.
This raffle is being conducted via Charitable Gaming License #0000633.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to: Trooper Island Camp, P. O. Box 473, Albany, KY 42602.
Mayfield Post: (270) 856-3721
Madisonville Post: (270) 676-3313
Bowling Green Post: (270) 782-2010
Elizabethtown Post: (270) 766-5078
Campbellsburg Post: (502) 532-6363
Dry Ridge Post: (859) 428-1212
Richmond Post: (859) 623-2404
Morehead Post: (606) 784-4127
Pikeville Post: (606) 433-7711
Harlan Post: (606) 573-3131
London Post: (606) 878-6622
Frankfort Post: (502) 227-2221
Hazard Post: (606) 435-6069
Ashland Post: (606) 928-6421
Columbia Post: (270) 384-4796
Henderson Post: (270) 826-3312