Children First: Trooper Island

Children First
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Imagine spending five days on an island designated entirely to a week of fun for you and your friends. That's what children from all over Kentucky are doing this summer as a part of Kentucky State Police's Trooper Island.

The camp lasts 13 weeks. Each week two different Kentucky State Police posts run the camp and bring underprivileged children from their area. Children participated in many of the usual camp activities like swimming, canoeing, fishing, spending the night in cabins, and making friends. In addition educational classes on gun and boat safety are being held

Trooper Island is the only camp in the United States where an entire island is devoted to a camp. The camp has been running since 1965. The cost for the camp is paid for with donations from businesses and Kentucky residents. If you are interested in contributing to the camp a fundraiser is being held this weekend.

The Trooper Island Run/Walk will be held Saturday July 13 at the Bowling Green and Warren County regional airport. The walk begins at 7 p.m. and the wheelchair event will follow at 7:55 p.m. The 5k race will begin at 8 p.m. The race day entry fee is $12. For more information call 843-5343 or email at