Sheriff’s Ranch coming soon

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By Ben Loyall

The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office will be sending 5 boys and 5 girls between the ages of 8 and 11 to the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch for absolutely free. “It’s a really good camp,” said LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy, “and it doesn’t cost the family anything.”

Over the course of six days children have the opportunity to build self esteem, moral character, and are taught to respect themselves, others, and law enforcement officers; and have a little fun. “They do swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports, archery, gaga ball, cookouts, and much more.” Sheriff McCoy explained. First responders and law enforcement officers visit as well to speak to the children.

The camp is funded by different law enforcement agencies across the state through fundraisers held throughout the year. One such fundraiser is an annual raffle for a John Deer Gator. “We go up to the state fair every year to sell tickets for the gator raffle, that’s out biggest fundraiser.“ Other agencies host music festivals, golf scrambles, and more. “It gives the kids who can’t go to other camps during the summer an opportunity.”

Applications can be picked up and turned back into the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, located at 209 West High Street Suite 6 Hodgenville. The applications are first come, first serve. However, every application turned in after the first will be kept and numbered. If one of the first 5 children are unable to attend the camp, the next application will be selected. The children will be driven to the camp, and picked up from the camp, by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office.

The boys will head to the camp from June 9 - 14, and the girls will head to camp from July 14 - 19. A list of items the children are required to bring with them will be provided as well as medical forms which will need to be brought to the Health Department to fill out. If a child’s twelfth birthday is during the week of camp, as in if one of the boys turned 12 on June 10, they will still be allowed to attend.

“We deal with all this other stuff out in the community, so this is very rewarding,” said Sheriff McCoy. This program is more than just a camp to those in the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office. “We love dealing with the kids, when you take a kid to camp and when you go down there to pick them up and see them running around with a bunch of other little kids having fun, that’s just what it’s all about.”

For more information about the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch call 270-358-3120. To pick up an application go the the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office at 209 West High Street Suite 6 Hodgenville. Office hours are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.