Sheriff Champagne visits with campers at Operation First Class:
Sheriff's Camp 2014 held in the summer at Camp Salmen near Kiln, Miss.
The 19th annual "Operation First Class Sheriff's Camp" was held during the week of July 11 - 16 at the Boy Scout's Camp Salmen located in the pine forest of Kiln, Miss. This year 61 boys between the ages of 12- 16 attended the five-day camp along with I6 deputies and 8 Explorer Cadets serving as chaperones.
Through a partnership with the New Orleans Council Boy Scouts of America we offer boys an opportunity to attend, at no charge, a one-week summer camp.
Not only do the boys enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, archery, and crafts, but also the camp blends education and instructional skills, career education, building values, ethics and leadership development to combat the causes of violence and crime.
"When I was elected Sheriff of St. Charles Parish, one of my pledges was to create a sununer progran for parish youth in an effort to promote trust and interaction between young people and the Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Champagne said. "The cost to send these boys to camp for one week is roughly the same as incarcerating two juveniles in a correctional facility for a month."
By reaching the youths at this age, the Sheriff said he hopes to make a difference before they end up in the judicial system. "This program is a tremendous success and a positive experience for the boys who participate, as well as the deputies who accompany them," Sheriff Champagne said.
Since 1996, more than 1,000 St. Charles Parish boys have attended this summer camp.
For more information, please call (985) 783-1355.