A NRA Foundation grant has allowed Trooper Island Camp, a summer camp developed by the Kentucky State Police for underprivileged children, to purchase $2,700 worth of equipment for their shooting sports program.
"I can't say enough about what this camp offers at-risk and disadvantaged kids across the state," said Kentucky NRA Field Representative John Larowe. "Many of the kids at Trooper Island have never had the opportunity to catch a fish or fire a gun before, and the camp provides a safe, fun and inspiring introduction to activities like these."
Trooper Island, established in 1965, is a boys' and girls' camp located on Dale Hollow Lake in southeastern Kentucky that teaches valuable life skills while fostering a positive relationship between communities and the Kentucky State Police. In addition to traditional camp activities, Trooper Island incorporates lessons on firearm safety, citizenship, patriotism, and personal hygiene into each session and provides one-on-one instruction on how to properly load, aim and fire a pellet gun.
More than 25,000 children, selected from among each of the Kentucky State Police's 16 posts, have attended Trooper Island to date. The lasting positive impact has led 52 former campers to become Kentucky State Troopers and several others to become dispatchers or work in other areas within the agency.