Local kids head to KSP Trooper Island camp

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MAYFIELD, Ky. - Local kids will soon take part in canoeing, archery and swimming activities at a special camp in Kentucky.

Volunteers, Kentucky State Police troopers and kids loaded a bus with suitcases and supplies in Mayfield, then left for Trooper Island.

KSP developed Trooper Island Camp in southern Kentucky as a way of giving back to youth. Organizers say the kids range from 9-12 years old and don't often have an opportunity like this.

After the camp experience, some kids choose to go into "the business" later in life.

"It's neat to hear those stories as the kids come back," said Trooper Jay Thomas. "There's been several kids who went to Trooper Island then grown up and get into law enforcement. We've got several who have become Kentucky State Troopers."

Between 700 and 800 kids from across the state attend the camp, including 32 from western Kentucky. The camp is funded entirely by donations.

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