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Sheriff’s summer camp gives children guidance
by Christine Fonville
June 17, 2014 01:43 PM | 2834 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A popular, week-long summer camp program that aims to help Henry County kids have fun while also developing decision-making skills is accepting applications for participants.

The Sheriff’s Youth Summer Camp will run from July 14 through 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children age 12 to 14.

Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer said he had the idea to start the summer camp to help the county’s youth keep active during summer break while also encouraging problem-solving in a hands-on environment.

“Working in the jail system, you unfortunately see a lot of good people who made bad decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives,” he said. “This camp aims to teach kids good decision-making skills that they can carry on with them in order to be successful citizens.”

Activities will include movies, bowling, fishing, motivational speakers, a jail tour and mock crime scene investigations.

McBrayer said that since the camp started about four years ago it has grown more and more popular.

“The first year was very successful and we filled up immediately so we’ve done two sessions of camps since that time,” he said.

Beyond the week of activities and education, the camp can also have long-term benefits, McBrayer said.

“This camp really holds a kid’s interest because there is a lot to see and do, but the most important purpose is so children faced with a difficult situation in their lives know that they can reach out to law enforcement for help or guidance,” he said.

Registration forms can be accessed at or and e-mailed to

Applications will be accepted in the order they are received and the cost per child is $45.

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