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KSP Accepting Applications for Trooper Island Camp

Frankfort, KY - (February 17, 2017) KSP is accepting applications for children to attend Trooper Island Camp this summer. Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used.

Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The camp is for youth ages 10 to 12 years of age whom otherwise would not be able to afford to attend summer camp.

Camp Commander Trooper First Class Jonathan Biven says the camp is designed to give youth a camping experience that will impact them for years to come.

“Often when these children arrive at camp they are burdened with life’s struggles,” says Biven. “We provide a get-away for them where they experience unique activities that develop confidence, trust and creating memories that last a lifetime.”

Biven says applications are due May 1, 2017 and are available on the KSP website at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/island/pdf/campforms2017.pdf

Once the application is completed it should be mailed to the nearest KSP Post in proximity to the camper’s residence. For a map of the KSP posts along with mailing addresses, click here: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post.html.

KSP says the camp roster fills up quickly so parents are encouraged to complete camp applications as soon as possible.


Delta Dental of Kentucky's Making Smiles Happen® Donates $150,000 to Trooper Island for New Oral Health Clinic

[Louisville], KY [August 2, 2016] - Delta Dental of Kentucky's charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®, donated $150,000 to the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island to renovate the health clinic and add the first-ever oral health component at the camp. The generous grant will assist with the development of a new facility providing Trooper Island campers with the opportunity to receive oral health services for years to come.

This past Saturday, Delta Dental of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Police broke ground on the new facility during Trooper Island's Annual Appreciation Day. The Delta Dental Wellness Clinic will serve 700+ campers annually and each child will receive comprehensive oral health screenings in conjunction with oral hygiene education.

Click here to go to the news release


About Trooper Island Camp

Trooper Island Camp was developed by the Kentucky State Police as part of a long range program of public service to the youth of Kentucky: a place where the tensions and turmoil of our everyday lives can be forgotten; and for one week young people can be given a touch of hope and desire of a better tomorrow.Arial image of Trooper Island.  Trooper Island is on Dale Hollow Lake in Southern Kentucky near the Clinton and Cumberland County Lines.

Spearheaded by former State Police Director, Colonel James E. Bassett, the idea was to establish a permanent recreational site where trooper and child could share a week long experience.

A location was selected in a secluded corner of Dale Hollow Lake near the Cumberland and Clinton County line, where an island was leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a non-profit charitable corporation was formed.


More Information on Making a Difference

All construction and camping expenses are paid from tax-deductible contributions. Many industry, civic and business groups have provided this program much needed support.

Contributions and/or Request for Further Information should be directed to:


Trooper Island On-line Store

Your purchase of Kentucky State Police logo items from the KSPPA and Trooper Island on-line store are used in the development and upkeep of Trooper Island.  Click here to visit the Trooper Island on-line store.


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