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Sheriff Leeper attends graduation ceremony at Florida Youth Ranch Camp

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
July 20, 2021

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, Sheriff Bill Leeper attended the graduation and awards ceremony at Camp Sorensen for 30 campers from several different counties who attended for the past eight days. Before the ceremony a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner was served family style to the campers by the camp counselors and staff.

Deputies from Alachua County and Leon County served as counselors for the week which allowed the campers to interact and get to know law enforcement officers in a positive setting. Deputies from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office also visited the camp, which is just outside Hilliard, to provide insight on some of their special equipment that they use.

The purpose of these camps is to provide a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for boys and girls (ages 10-15).
At Camp Sorensen, boys and girls experience many different therapeutic camping activities. Canoeing, archery, swimming, fishing, and many other recreational activities allow them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, they can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment.

The camp also provides an opportunity for Deputy Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Volunteers to get personally involved with the youngsters to form positive, healthy relationships. Campers live among their peers, learning how to share and function properly within a group setting. Every day contains a healthy balance between work and play, proving a valuable lesson for maturing youth. Strong and devoted leadership is the key to a successful camping experience.

The staff includes college students, graduates, teachers, and other professionals committed to helping boys and girls become productive, law-abiding citizens.

For more information about the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and their camps please visit www.youthranches.org.

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