Trooper Island Camp
Were you aware that the Kentucky State Police operates a camp for underprivileged children called Trooper Island? Located on Dale Hollow Lake, it was established in 1965 to provide a recreational site for kids throughout the state who could not afford to attend a summer camp. More importantly is the interaction that occurs between troopers and kids during this camping experience, leaving many with a newfound respect for law enforcement. Ten to twelve year olds are selected each year by troopers in all 120 counties to attend.
Trooper Island goes beyond the traditional camping experiences of boating, swimming, fishing, movies and campfires. Citizenship, patriotism, values and personal hygiene are also incorporated into the curriculum. Although early record keeping was lacking, it is estimated that over 25,000 kids have participated in the Trooper Island experience to date.
The camp continues to grow and expand on its’ mission. The camp has been involved in special weeks for the hearing/visually impaired, children awaiting an organ transplant, children with PKU (an eating disorder) and Hispanic youngsters. A scholarship program was recently established to offer financial assistance to future college hopefuls to help further their education.
The camp is free to campers and operates without the aid of tax dollars. Although many fundraisers are held throughout the year to defray operating coasts, our biggest one is currently underway. This year we are selling $10.00 chances on a beautiful 2010 Chevrolet Camaro from Herb Kinman Chevrolet in Carrollton. Tickets can be purchased at any state police post or from our Media Relations Branch at 502.695.6344. You can learn more about this fundraiser and Trooper Island by going to our website at kentuckystatepolice.org. Trooper Island is a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Trooper Island is arguably one of the best programs that our agency has ever created and I am very proud to be a part of it. It is a weeklong experience that truly lasts a lifetime.