By Kara Jeffers
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spent last week hosting their annual youth camp for rising sixth graders in the county. Kids laughed and relaxed in the morning sun when we visited on their third day at the camp, which was held at Redemption Ranch near Winfield.
Although formally organized by the Sheriff’s office, other community organizations play a large role in the success of the camp. Activities start Sunday evening with a swim test, and the fun doesn’t end till Thursday night, where kids perform skits of letters they wrote to home.
The campers, mostly 11 and 12 year-olds, learn about first responders, conservation, and get to ride horses and compete in athletic games. More specific activities include K9 demos, bobbing for apples, fishing, spear throwing, dance parties, skit performances in the evening.
Camp goals include helping kids learn teamwork skills, as well as giving them chances to be proud of accomplishments they work hard for. Besides the occasional bout of homesickness, campers enjoy swimming, fishing, and playing games that accompany daily themes and special events at night.
When asked what their favorite activity was, one camper named Tyler said he most enjoyed the haunted trail, which is an activity many campers get hyped up for, on Tuesday night.
Another camper, Kaylee, said she enjoyed the Dare Dance as her favorite event, her reasoning simple:
“We just danced and had a lot of snacks.”
A non for profit organization, the four night camp only costs $50, and lets kids enjoy a classic summer camp experience with some action packed twists.