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For over 40 years, the Indiana State Police has offered young people an exciting, up-close look at law enforcement and the criminal justice system through its youth camps. The camps help students gain respect for themselves and others through programs that demonstrate the rewards of hard work and dedication.
Camps are held at universities around the state and offer campers a unique glimpse of campus life. Each program includes well-balanced meals and comfortable sleeping facilities. Camp staffs are hand-picked, responsible law enforcement personnel, who have committed themselves to preparing today's youth for their futures.
Camps are made possible through the support of the Tony Stewart Foundation, Association of Indiana Troopers, Indiana District Optimists, Indiana State Police Alliance, Indiana Troopers Association, Jaycees, Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs of Indiana and other fine sponsors throughout the community.
The Indiana Trooper Youth Services is hosting a golf outing to raise funds for ISP Summer Youth Camps. Learn more here.
Respect for Law Camps
These three-day camps are an exciting look at law enforcement for students entering 5th and 6th grades. Police officers staff the co-ed camps and programs include spectacular demonstrations by Emergency Response Team members, Bomb Squads, Underwater Search and Rescue Teams and police dogs. Campers participate in recreational activities, make new friends and go home with a new respect for themselves and others.
These leadership camps are co-sponsored by the Indiana District Optimists and scholarships are available.
Watch this youtube video from ISP's Respect for Law Camp.
2014 Respect for Law Camp locations and dates:
- University of Southern Indiana, June 12-14
- Notre Dame University, June 26-28
- Hanover College, July 10-12
- Anderson University, July 10-12
Law Camps give students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system.
The four-day co-ed camps offer a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, exciting demonstrations and motivating programs. Campers meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities and leave with a greater understanding of the police field.
These leadership camps are co-sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Indiana and scholarships are available.
2014 Lions Law Camp locations and dates:
- Vincennes University, June 11-14
- Anderson University, July 9-12
Similar to the Indiana State Police Academy, Career Camps give high school students an in-depth look at law enforcement. Campers conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field, and watch exciting police demonstrations during the weeklong camps. Camps allow students to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities and experience what the police academy is like.
These leadership camps are co-sponsored by Kiwanis International and scholarships are available.
2014 Career Camp locations and dates:
- Vincennes University, July 13-18
- Trine University (Angola), July 13-18
Junior Pioneer Campouts
Unlike the leadership camps, the Junior Pioneer Campouts are designed specifically for students between 11 and 14 who need a structured program with close supervision. For this camp, campers must be recommended by group homes, welfare departments, law enforcement agencies, probation departments or school counselors must recommend young people for the campouts.
These co-ed campouts are held at state parks and allow campers to prepare their own meals, set up campsites and explore the outdoors. Additionally, campers receive one-on-one time with law enforcement officers, who help them develop a more positive outlook for their futures.
The campouts are co-sponsored by the Jaycees in association with the Indiana National Guard. Scholarships are also available.
2014 Junior Pioneer Campout locations and dates:
- Mounds State Park, June 9-13
- Lincoln State Park, June 23-27
- New Harmony State Park, July 7-11
- Potato Creek State Park, July 7-11
To look up the cost of each camp and to apply online, visit: http://www.trooper.org/
For additional information contact:
Indiana Trooper's Youth Services at (800) 671-9851
ISP Youth Education and Historical Center at (317) 899-8293
or contact your nearest Indiana State Police Post