Last year, Kentucky State Police’s Trooper Island was held virtually because of COVID-19, but for the summer of 2021, troopers are looking forward to getting back on Dale Hollow Lake. All 16 Posts throughout Kentucky have a week that they bring kids to the island. Usually, about 500 total kids are able to participate.
Kids from more underprivileged areas are invited to learn archery, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor hobbies. But a larger lesson is on the agenda. With troopers serving in different roles- helping with classes or literally serving dinner to the campers- the main goal is to show Kentucky’s kids that their law enforcement wants to work with them and for them.
“That’s the big thing. To know, just because that trooper’s in a uniform, he’s not someone to be afraid of,” said Jonathan Biven, Trooper and Camp Director. “This place is magical. Not only for the children, but for the adults that come in to help out.”
Those involved say it is all about creating a place that is unlike any other, funded by donations and support from people who want the island to keep growing.
A fundraiser is underway now, as KSP raffles off a 2021 Camaro. You can be a part of that raffle until August 25. The winner will be announced at the Kentucky State Fair.