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res Trooper Island 50th Anniversary Pictures

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Operated by Kentucky State Troopers and agency civilian personnel who volunteer on their own time, Trooper Island offers summer camp activities to underprivileged boys and girls at no cost.

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The camp is located on a 34.5 acre island on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County.

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The idea for the camp was spearheaded by James E. “Ted” Bassett, III, KSP director, in the early 1960s.

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Activities in the early days of the camp stressed citizenship, patriotism and respect for the law.

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During the first years, campers lived in tents on loan from the U.S. Army at Fort Knox.

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The camp received support from the Optimist Clubs of Kentucky in its early days. The boy on the right, Joe Taylor, went on to become a trooper and retired in 2002 as a captain. (More than 50 campers have become state troopers.)

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Campers prepare for their journey to the island in this early photo.

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Gov. Louie Nunn visited the camp in 1971.

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Campers get a close look at a 1951 Thunderjet fighter plane reclaimed from a Wright-Patterson AFB salvage yard in 1972 and installed on the island by the Ky. Air National Guard and the Division of Civil Defense.

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Canoeing and water safety are two of the many activities offered to campers.

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Campers experience good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building attention designed to develop good citizenship and positive relationships.

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Fishing is always a popular activity at the camp.

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Volunteers and staff ensure fun and safety in the swimming pool.

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Nature studies and environmental awareness give campers a close-up look at the physical world.

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Campers can develop new skills such as archery.

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The camp’s major fundraiser is an annual vehicle raffle that culminates on the last day of the Kentucky State Fair in August. This year the raffle features a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab SLE pickup truck. Tickets are just $10 each and are available at any KSP post or online by debit or credit card payment at trooperisland.org. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold and ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win.