5K run to promote Camp Barnes Summer Camp

A 5K run, 1-mile walk and kids’ fun run are scheduled for Sunday, April 17, in the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge and Camp Barnes to promote the summer camp offered at Camp Barnes.

With the 5K run and 1-mile walk set to begin at 10 a.m. and the fun run at 9:45 a.m., rain or shine, the 5K and walk will travel through the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge on country roads and scenic trails, while the Kids Run will be held inside Camp Barnes.

Pre-registration for the event will run through March 18, at a cost of $20 for the 5K and mile walk, with a long-sleeved T-shirt and post-event lunch provided. Register online at www.seashorestriders.com or register by mail by downloading application from the Web site. Pre-registration for the kids’ fun run costs $10 and includes the post-event lunch (no shirt).

Race-day registration for the 5K and walk will take place from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. and costs $25.

Awards will be presented to Overall and Master Champions, as well as the top three finishers in nine age groups in the 5K and walk. Awards will be presented to all kids who participate in the Fun Run.

Water stops will also be provided for all registered participants, and lunch is available for all non-participants, for $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 or younger.

In 1947, the Delaware Association of Chiefs’ of Police, an organization which was composed of active law enforcement and correctional officers, accepted the challenge to undertake a project to combat juvenile delinquency in the First State.

A committee was appointed to investigate the problems confronting youth. The committee’s resulting recommendations led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.

Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, has since served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware.

Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences for more than 60 years.

The summer camp is an overnight residential camp run by the Delaware State Police and is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13 at no cost to the camper or family. Camp Barnes accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks. The camp is in session from early July through August. All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

One of the aspects of Camp Barnes summer camp is the innovative use of adventure-based outdoor learning experiences. Camp Barnes has on its grounds an extensive outdoor initiative course with 17 different initiative and team-building elements.

Some of the activities campers participate in throughout the week include swimming in an Olympic-size pool, kayaking in Miller’s Creek, arts and crafts, nature walks and talent shows. Campers also participate in a scaled-down version of the Olympics and can see State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit.

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, two cooks, one kitchen assistant and a nurse. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal background check, as well as an interview. There is also a State Trooper on grounds at all times when the camp is in session. For more information, visit the Web site at www.campbarnes.net.