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Trooper Island

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Trooper Island Camp was developed by the Kentucky State Police as part of a long range program of public service to the youth of Kentucky: a place where the tensions and turmoil of our everyday lives can be forgotten; and for one week young people can be given a touch of hope and desire of a better tomorrow.

Spearheaded by former State Police Director, Colonel James E. Bassett, the idea was to establish a permanent recreational site where trooper and child could share a weeklong experience.

A location was selected in a secluded corner of Dale Hollow Lake near the Cumberland and Clinton County line, where an island was leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a non-profit charitable corporation was formed.

Scope and Mission of Trooper Island - (Click here for more information)

Boys and girls, ages 10 to 12, are selected from each of the sixteen post areas. Each Trooper selects children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a camp.

The camping program is dedicated toward the development of one's self image. Building the physical body through nutritious food and exercise, developing mental capabilities with classroom study and providing spiritual growth through non-denominational chapel services.

Trooper Island also holds specialized camps each summer. One camp is for Hispanic children, which assists in breaking down the cultural barriers with this growing segment of population. and (PKU Camp) children with phenylketonuria, a genetic condition that can cause mental retardation when not treated early in infancy.

There is no cost to the campers who attend Trooper Island and there are no restrictions based on race, creed or color.

Trooper Island Adventure - (Click here for more information)

The adventure begins when the barge is loaded at the mainland with the children and troopers, and heads toward Trooper Island.

When the barge touches the island, campers make their way from the boat dock up a small hill. At the top the youths are divided into groups of eight.

Each day begins early, with the raising of the flag.

Various informational and educational programs are scheduled between breakfast and lunch times.

Campers learn about: accident and fire prevention, first aid, conservation, hygiene, good citizenship, drug abuse and leadership.

The volunteer instructors come from many state agencies and adjacent communities.

Afternoons are spent in enthusiastic physical activity and once the evening meal is completed movies, campfires, games, and other planned activities await the campers.

Trooper Island Recreational Activities - (Click here for more information)

SWIMMING POOL: Olympic size pool where non-swimmers are taught to swim by certified instructors. Swimmers are taught proper safety procedures.

ARCHERY RANGE: Campers have the opportunity to learn archery skills on the archery range taught by trained instructors.

RIFLE RANGE: Campers are taught firearms safety and have the chance to compete on the air rifle range.

BASKETBALL COURT: Asphalt regulation court.

BOATING: All campers are taught proper handling of small boats.

OTHER: Softball, volleyball, horseshoes, etc.



More Information on Making a Difference - (Click here for more information)

All construction and camping expenses are paid from tax-deductible contributions. Many industry, civic and business groups have provided this program much needed support.

Contributions and/or Request for Further Information should be directed to:


Trooper Island On-line Store - (Click here for more information)

Your purchase of Kentucky State Police logo items from the KSPPA and Trooper Island on-line store are used in the development and upkeep of Trooper Island.  Click here to visit the Trooper Island on-line store.

Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

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919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601

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