State police honoring contributors to Camp Barnes bathhouse project

OCEAN VIEW – Delaware State Police Thursday evening will salute businesses, groups and individuals involved in a major makeover project at Camp Barnes – the summer camp for youth run by state police.

The dedication of the Camp Barnes bathhouse will be held on a night to honor those who have given so much to Camp Barnes. State police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz announced Tuesday..

The dedication ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

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Organizations and individuals to be honored include: Atlantic Concrete, Atlantic Community Thrift Shop, Bruce and Sharon Schoonover, Fenwick Island Lions Club, Harry and Linda Kent, Herbert Barnes Jr., Jimmy Hitchens, Kent County Levy Court, Matt Haley Companies- Global Delaware Fund, Millville by the Sea, Millville Volunteers, Schagrin Gas, Sussex County Council , The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation and WSFS Bank.

Located next to Assawoman Wildlife Area on Miller Creek near Bethany Beach, Camp Barnes originally opened in 1948, originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. It was named in recognition of Colonel Herbert Barnes.

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.

Today, Camp Barnes is an overnight residential camp open to children between the ages of 10 and 13 at no cost to the camper or family. The camp accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks and is in session from early July through August.

All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

Camp Barnes has on its grounds an extensive outdoor initiative course with 17 different initiative and team building elements. Some of the many 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 enjoy a scaled down version of the Olympics and State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit.

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, two cooks, and 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 on Camp Barnes, visit

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