19 kids from Orleans attend NYS Sheriff’s Summer Camp at Keuka Lake

Posted 13 July 2022 at 9:35 am

Photos courtesy of Orleans County Sheriff’s Office: Dawn Basinait, a corrections sergeant, spent two weeks assisting youth at the NYS Sheriff’s Summer Camp.

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office

ALBION – Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke and Undersheriff Jeff Gifaldi are pleased to announce that 19 children from Orleans County attended the NYS Sheriff’s Summer Camp at Keuka Lake.

The Sheriff’s Summer Camp is held each year and has been in operation since 1986. Each county sheriff is designated a predetermined number of camper slots for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12.

Children enjoyed water activities at the camp on Keuka Lake.

Campers had the opportunity to attend various demonstrations and classes provided by law enforcement officers from multiple agencies across the state. Campers also had the opportunity to participate in daily activities such as hiking, swimming, archery and sailing.

There were 10 children from Orleans County at the camp the first week beginning June 26, and 9 children from the county at the second week beginning July 3. All of the children were transported by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office from the Public Safety Building to the Batavia Thruway Exit, where they were then rode a tour bus to and from the Sheriff’s Camp in Yates County.

Sgt. First Class Dawn Basinait greets local youth at the camp.

Bourke and Gifaldi said they are especially proud of Orleans County Corrections Sergeant First Class Dawn Basinait for her dedication to the Sheriff’s Summer Camp.

Basinait was active in both weeks of the summer camp. Especially admirable was her willingness to take time off of work, and volunteer her time during the second week.

Orleans County Jail Superintendent Scott Wilson greets youths before they depart for the summer camp.

Additionally, Basinait’s daughter volunteered her time assisting with the camp as well. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to building strong community relations, and having a positive impact on youth extends beyond the borders of Orleans County.

Bourke and Gifaldi are pleased that so many local youth had an opportunity to attend the NYS Sheriff’s Summer Camp, and that the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office had an employee dedicated to the camp’s success.

Children listen to a presentation at the camp.