ISA Youth Leadership Camps canceled

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) has announced a decision to cancel its Youth Leadership Camps for this year. With the COVID-19 emergency, this was determined to be the best decision for all.

This would have been the ISA’s 41st year to facilitate the Youth Leadership Camp program.

The Youth Leadership Camp program, founded in 1979, was established to aid and enhance the development of the state’s youth. Originally called the Indiana Sheriffs Career Camp, the camp’s name was changed in 2003 to go along with a new curriculum.

The program is designed to achieve three basic objectives. First, the sheriffs want to foster a stronger relationship between our state’s youth and the men and women who enforce the laws. Second, the sheriffs want to give children, who ordinarily would not have the opportunity, a chance for a summer camp experience. The third is to give youth a chance to build character and inspire leadership skills.

Sheriffs’ deputies who establish positive and friendly relationships with campers are smoothly integrated into recreational learning experiences. Team sports are also emphasized as a vehicle to reach comradeship and discipline.

Many of the deputies conduct demonstrations in different fields, including boat and water safety, K-9 demonstrations, defensive tactics and leadership skills.

As part of the program’s emphasis on youth development and good citizenship, guest lecturers, who provide informative programs on how our government works and why our laws exist, are enlisted to speak to the campers. Other programs are geared to teach the campers about drug and alcohol abuse.

The ISA has already tentatively scheduled the North Camp for June 28-July 1, 2021 at Pine Creek Camp in Warren County and the South Camp for July 6-8, 2021 at Waycross Camp in Brown County.

Those with any questions may contact Executive Director Steve Luce at 317-356-3633 or visit

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