The Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Sheriff’s R&R (Respect & Responsibility) Summer Camp. R&R Camp is a 5-day (8:00am– 4:00pm) adventure based program involving team building activities, water activities, and a rope course. R&R Camp emphasizes respect for self and others, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Issues facing young adults and dangers associated with alcohol, drug and tobacco use will be discussed.
Camp is limited to students currently enrolled in 5th through 7th grades who will be age 14 or younger on 7/1/18. Only children that reside full time in Grand Isle County are eligible to attend.
Mandatory final registration and an informational meeting are scheduled for Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00pm at the Folsom School in South Hero. The camper must attend the final registration meeting with a parent or guardian.
The cost of the camp is $50.00 per camper. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. Transportation to and from Folsom School will be available at each town’s elementary school. The camp will be based out of Folsom School and the campers will travel to various locations via bus to the day’s planned activities.
Registration Forms will be available on April 17, 2018 at grandislesheriffvt.org and in The Islander newspaper. Registration is required along with the registration fee by May 11, 2018. Registration is limited to 50 campers. Camp slots will be filled on a first come-first served basis with a completed Registration Form and payment. Camp usually fills within one week so submit your application as soon as possible. A waiting list will be compiled.
Camp correspondence will be conducted through email. Please provide a valid email on your Registration Form. An information packet and camp schedule will be emailed to all campers prior to the start of camp.
If you have questions concerning the camp, please feel free to contact Lt. Donna Polk or Bridget Campbell of the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department at 802-372-4482.
2018 ST. PATRICK’S DAY BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING NEWS RELEASE
This St. Paddy’s Day, Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish:
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. St. Paddy’s Day is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18). The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
The Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the State of Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will be conducting increased high visibility traffic enforcement to save lives from 08/18/17 through 09/04/17 during the statewide 2017 Labor Day DUI Campaign. DUI checkpoints will be conducted throughout this campaign as well as DUI high visibility saturation patrols.
The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a yearly national tribute to the contributions made by American workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The long holiday weekend is typically celebrated with picnics, pool parties and barbecues, as family and friends come together to enjoy the last few days of summer. This is also the time of year when our children – our most precious natural resource – typically return to school following their summer vacation. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday weekend is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering not only themselves but everyone else on America’s highways.
Impaired driving is one of the deadliest, most often committed, yet preventable crimes committed in our country. In 2015 in the United States, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes; that’s equal to 28 people each day or one person every 51 minutes. Nationally about one-third of all fatalities are the result of impaired driving but here in Vermont the numbers are even more grim; of the 62 roadway deaths in 2016, more than half (37) involved a driver impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. More than half of all deaths in Vermont also involve vehicle occupants who did not buckle up!
High visibility enforcement has been the key to success in Grand Isle County evident in minimal law enforcement response to serious injury crashes or fatalities. Speeding and distracted driving are the major cause of most crashes in Grand Isle County. Please continue to help us prevent senseless tragedies!
13 YEARS !
HOW LUCKY !
This July will mark the 13th Annual Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department R&R Camp. The R&R Camp was founded by former Sheriff Connie Allen in 2002. How lucky we are to have the support and generosity of the community to make this camp possible. We hope that you will consider investing in our county’s youth and donating to this worthy cause.
The R&R Camp provides a unique opportunity for 6th through 8th grade residents to participate in a program that emphasizes RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY (R&R) through various team building activities. The campers will be provided with many opportunities to challenge themselves, develop leadership skills, and build self-esteem and respect for others. Our Department’s positive interaction with these campers helps to break the barrier between how children and young adults view law enforcement. The camp curriculum has been expanded so that at the conclusion of this year’s camp there will be 50 more Grand Isle County residents that are CPR certified!
Any and all donations are both greatly appreciated and needed to help us continue this important event. If you are not able to provide financial support but can offer some other type of support (food, supplies, etc.), please contact our office. 100% of donations go directly to support the camp (food, transportation, and activities, not salaries or wages for staff). If you are able to donate, please do so by April 30, 2015. This allows us to finalize activities for the R&R Camp. Thank you for your support.
Donations may be sent to: Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Dept., ATTN: R&R Camp, P.O. Box 168, North Hero, VT 05474.
Please help make it possible for the kids to experience this adventure and proudly say,
“I TOOK CONNIE’S CHALLENGE”.