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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Lawrence, Johnson boys attend free week of camp

LAWRENCE COUNTY boys Aron Fugitt, Michael Sleasman and Phillip Slone are pictured with head counselor Scott Schweitzer and Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts. (click for larger version)

Boys from Johnson County attending camp were William Jones, Ronald Jones, Eric Jones and Tyler Workman. (click for larger version)
Would you like to attend a summer camp for 8-11 year olds, free of charge? Would you like to visit the “famous” Land Between the Lakes and the nature center, free of charge? Would you like to go to an old-fashioned drive-in movie (ratings permitted), free of charge? Or how about going roller-skating, free of charge?

These are just some of the many things that campers attending the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch get to enjoy while at camp. In addition, a sheriff or deputy from each county transports children to and from camp, free of charge.

Camp opened for the 2003 camping season on June 8 with boys in attendance and will continue, alternating boys and girls each week, throughout July, closing on Friday, Aug. 1.

“Kentucky is the only state in the nation that has a camp like this and that has Sheriffs’ offices that transport the kids to and from camp. We even give each child a goodie bag — filled with a new “Ranch” shirt, a Bible, a brand-new toy and several other items — to remember their weeks’ stay with us,” ranch director Ray Stoess said.

Several youngsters from Lawrence and Johnson counties attended the camp the week of July 6. Lawrence County boys included Aron Fugitt, Michael Sleasman and Phillip Slone.

Boys from Johnson County were William Jones, Ronald Jones, Eric Jones and Tyler Workman.

Stoess said he wanted to thank Sheriffs Garrett Roberts of Lawrence County and Bill Witten of Johnson County for giving the boys an opportunity to attend camp.

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