HOLMES COUNTY – Holmes County Sheriff’s Office recently held a week long day camp in partnership with Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. The free event allowed children to participate in various outdoor activities and develop positive esteem.

This year’s theme, “Harmony in the Streets,” saw a community program designed for boys and girls that emphasized respect for others and promoted healthy relationships with local law enforcement officers.

Children ages 6-12 attended the program held at the Holmes County Agricultural Center during the week of July 16-20.

Programs began at 9 a.m. with lunch and afternoon snacks being provided before the day was over at 3 p.m.

Funding for this local program was provided by dedicated individuals, community based groups, and a strong commitment from Holmes County Sheriff John Tate and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Sheriff Tate states he is pleased with the success of this year’s camp and that plans for next year’s event are already in the works.

“This year, we partnered with Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Inc. to host the camp through their Mobile Day Camp program. According to FSYR, the camp hosted by Holmes County Sheriff’s Office had one of the largest participation rates in the state, with ours reaching capacity by mid-week,” said Sheriff Tate.

“The camp met our mission, which was to provide a fun, educational week for local children that also helped build life skills and a positive rapport with the law enforcement community. ”

Sheriff Tate would like to thank FSYR, Bonifay Fire-Rescue, Holmes County Correctional Institute, and the staff of UF/IFAS Extension Office Holmes County for their assistance in making the camp a success.