For the past seven years, Sheridan Police Officer John King has been involved with Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D., held every summer on Casper Mountain. This year, King was honored with an award, and Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has more.
Volunteers of America's Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. stands for Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams. It is a free, week-long camp for Wyoming's 5th and 6th graders. The 2010 camp was held June 13th through the 18th, and John King, along with fellow Sheridan Police Officer Don Nielsen, spent the week with six Sheridan County youth as their camp counselors.
This year, General Edward L. Wright from the Wyoming National Guard presented Officer King with the General's Coin as a token of appreciation for King's leadership role he represented at camp, as well as going beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community. General Wright noted that being King's seventh year at camp, he has shown his commitment to the children of his community.
The 2010 camp boasted 110 campers, who were paired with local peace officers to allow them to establish a trusting relationship. The experience provides a safe environment that stresses appropriate role models, ideals and values. An important goal of the camp is to help empower children to take more control of and responsibility for their own decisions, actions and ultimately, their future.
Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. is sponsored by the Daniels Fund, the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs, the McMurry Foundation, the Wyoming National Guard, and the MDU Resources Foundation. To learn more about the program, click here: http://www.voawy.org/Services/Co...