The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Law Camp, begun in 1994, has established itself as one of the most successful young people related programs initiated in the area. The Crime Commission along with the Kansas National Guard, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Kansas Fish and Game, Koch Industries and a number of other organizations and agencies partner with the Sedgwick County Sheriff in support of the annual event. Each year, 150 mostly at risk young people between the ages of 11 and 15, spend four days camping in Army tents at Lake Afton. The kids are divided into squads with two Sheriff’s deputies assigned as squad leaders. The campers participate in a variety of outdoor events including swimming, boating, hiking, wall climbing and fishing.
Each evening the youngsters, most of who have never camped out, gather around a bonfire and hear messages about how to avoid gangs, how drugs destroy lives and much more. Bonding between the young campers and their law enforcement mentors is a tremendous thing to observe.
Thanks to the generous support of Koch Industries, Tom Devlin and several other Crime Commission members, embroidered T-Shirts and hats are provided for the staff and campers. The kids are permitted to keep their shirts and hat and are encouraged to wear them in their neighborhoods.
The Law Camp committee, chaired by Bill Ard, has had great success in raising funds to permit the Commission to provide equipment used by the camp each year. In 2008 the Law Camp committee was at the forefront of fund raising to purchase and construct a flag pole and monument, the first permanent structure to dedicate the site of Law Camp at Lake Afton.
To learn more about Law Camp, visit the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s website at