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The Sussex County Summer Camp With a State Police Connection

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FRANKFORD, Del - Kayaking, swimming, crabbing, and other activities were part of the Tuesday agenda at Camp Barnes. This week is the last of the six sessions in 2019.
The summer camp has its roots with Delaware law enforcement. It started in 1947 with the goal of combating juvenile delinquency.

It is now run by the Delaware State Police. In addition to providing summer fun for children who might not normally have the opportunity to go to camp, Barnes also hopes that its participants see state troopers in a different light.
"They don't see us in a uniform they see us in shorts and a t-shirt where we interact with them and have fun," Camp Barnes Director Cpl. Shawn Hatfield explained. "Our whole goal for the kids is to have one week that is all about them."
"The troopers that come down here are absolutely phenomenal and they definitely make a lot more of a personal connection between the counselors and the campers," one of the counselors Sydney Sobolewski said.

Camp Barnes has grown to the point it is not able to accept all who apply. It was estimated that camp administrators had to turn down 200 requests to attend sessions this year.
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