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Trooper Island Finishes another Successful Camping Season

Date of News Release: 08/02/2012

Mark Jackson, Bopper Minton and Sgt. Craig Sutton

(Albany, KY) Trooper Island has just finished our 47th year of Summer Camp for children across Kentucky and is already preparing for next year. Since 1965 the Kentucky State Police has been bringing children from across Kentucky to Trooper Island Camp at no cost. Trooper Island Camp is a nonprofit organization operated by the Kentucky State Police bringing boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 12 which may not have the opportunity to attend another camp. During camp campers participate in swimming, fishing, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts and even prepare their own newsletter for campers to take home with them. In addition to the activities campers receive education classes taught by the Army Corps of Engineers in Boating Safety, Kentucky Division of Forestry in Nature along with Internet Safety.

Trooper Endre Samu does an Elvis Tribute This year special guest also made appearances talking interacting campers and providing entertainment. Appreciation Day on June 2nd the official camp kick off had appearances by Mark Jackson and Bopper Minton from Manchester, Kentucky from CBS's Season 20 of The Amazing Race. They met and talked with those attending telling of their experiences on the show. Kentucky State Police Trooper and Public Affairs Officer, from the Morehead Post, Endre Samu also an "Elvis tribute artist" preformed.

J.W. With Campers Big CatchOnce camp started professional fisherman J.W. "Coop" Moreno, volunteered for three days teaching and assisting campers from Hazard and Pikeville post areas about fishing. While here he gave a fishing presentation to the campers along with attending the fishing classes where he gave instructions to those campers on fishing with both live and artificial baits. J.W. was a camper 29 years ago himself and remembered his experiences at Trooper Island and this was his way of giving back by having a chance to talk to campers about his experience and giving them some fishing tips. Prior to becoming a Professional Fisherman J.W. was a rodeo cowboy until an injury forced him to retire at which time he then began to work on his career as a professional fisherman. When he is not fishing in tournaments J.W. conducts angler classes, bass seminars and has a guide service based in Clinton, Tennessee.

If you would like to schedule a guided fishing trip or would like further information on contacting him or events which he has scheduled you can visit his web site at http://fishwithjw.com. J.W. also has given Trooper Island a sponsor location on his boat and helps promote Trooper Island as he fishes tournaments throughout the year.

Aron Houdini with Campers Straight JacketAron Houdini the last of the Houdini's also made an appearance this summer performing magic and his straight jacket escape for the campers attending from the Bowling Green and Henderson Post areas. Aron has been coming to the camp and performing for the campers and on appreciation day for the past five years. Aron has worked with shows such as Ghost Lab and Ghost Hunters International. Aron will also be appearing at September 28th 30th at Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky.

Trooper Island is a 501c3 non-profit charitable corporation, operating solely from donations from private individuals, corporations, civic and business groups, along with charitable activities held by Kentucky State Police posts across the state. Some of our scheduled events in which funds are raised for Trooper Island are golf scrambles, motorcycle runs, fishing tournaments, shooting competitions and a yearly statewide raffle. Time is quickly running out for your chance to purchase a ticket on the 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic. Tickets are $10 each. If you have not purchased a ticket and still want to contact any Kentucky State Trooper, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer or any of the 16 KSP posts located throughout the state. Once the state fair begins you will only be able to purchase tickets at Safety Town in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kidz Biz area. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 26th at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees. For more information on the car visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org (Charitable gaming license #0000633.)

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