Tough times hit summer camp
Camp faces drop in charitable donations
- Duration 4:25
- Date Aug 1, 2012
Camp faces drop in charitable donations
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For New York's state sheriffs association institute summer camp times are tough but you never know it from all the smiles on all those campers -- -- -- fun.
Running solely on charitable donations hosting economically disadvantaged children for years camp donations have flat -- since the recession.
There we've never gotten over in our next guests say that president Obama's administration has done nothing to help the situation -- right now is executive director of New York State's sheriffs association institute.
As well as the director of its summer camp Chris over and good morning -- crisp morning along with a camper.
Nicole -- -- warranty you like it's good to have you.
Tell us about the camp what do you like about the camp.
On the whole thing is just like amazing there's like so much fun things to do.
And -- once you and one fund saying another thing start Serena and just keeps going.
We got -- I have read.
That you have the record now for the -- largest fish caught there right it is thick -- congratulations were -- a little nervous about going to camp in the beginning.
Like I never been away from home before.
It just was different from here and the first couple -- day is I was little scared a little nervous.
Then after we got into lake.
More of the activities and stuff that felt like home.
I understand I remember -- when I was a kid.
Chris this is exactly the kind of kid you've been -- into camp for what thirty years 36 years the -- and open fantastic.
And for the most part all the kids who are selected are selected by various sheriffs throughout New York State.
And given their families.
Economic situation kids who otherwise wouldn't go to camp.
Otherwise wouldn't go to camp and other the kids who would get a positive influence or interacting with deputy sheriffs -- one of the examples isn't in the each kid has a different story is the child who.
Has a negative view toward law enforcement because maybe their father's been locked up.
It's -- brother since future and then they go to camp.
And the deputies -- -- -- in shorts and T shirts.
And then on the last day Saturday we have a little awards ceremony and -- deputy -- -- -- uniforms and they can't leave their deputies.
Police officer seeing police offers an.
Positive we're seeing them as people rather than just those great big badges example and Nicole if you worked at -- this year what would you have been doing to sit and home.
Actually had a day can't that I got so -- -- -- fondness simplest and this is a great camp.
Now the problem for you Chris is the fact that since the recession.
Because of the great uncertainty.
People who have been very generous in the past and we've got a graphic that shows the amount of money people have given that the -- through the years.
But started out okay and back in 2007.
But it is it's diminished ever sense why.
Well I think that.
The recession in the economy is influenced.
People have to have confidence.
In the economy.
To spend money and particularly to donated to charities and we're down 30% and you are.
What what what what could be Obama administration do to help you.
What I think.
Anyone involved in raising terrible money.
That people believe in that are confident.
And that the future's bright.
I'm not sure where there I hope we're getting there.
Yeah are you it is -- the worry that you might have to scale back.
Won't people who would invite as many kids is Nicole next year.
Well what we've done since.
You know -- -- money became tight is we've made sure we were operational.
Money and make sure that all the -- -- 140 kids are -- going because in a recession the kids the ones that need it more than themselves.
And I understand you've really tighten your belt if -- people watching right now would like to help their website or anything else absolutely.
It's sheriff's institute dot org.
Or simply Google sheriffs can't.
Kids aren't you get to our website and we're also want to say -- every dollar that is donated will be used in the camp.
Probably nothing will be used for salaries or anything like that every dollar goes to these kids with the sheriff's association we trust you all right Chris -- thank you very much.
Have a -- great rest of summer.