The Camp Barnes Initiative

"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. Its resulting recommendation led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.


Camp Barnes is located on Millers Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay. Since 1947 thousands of children from all over Delaware have had the opportunity to attend summer camp at Camp Barnes. Today, Camp Barnes is open to all children who are residents of the state of Delaware and are between the ages of 10 and 13. Camp Barnes is not a camp for children with behavioral problems and juvenile delinquents. Children attend the camp at NO COST to the camper or their family. The camp is in session from early June until August and accommodates approximately 60 campers per week for six weeks."


Reproduced from the Camp Barnes Website

The Lower Delaware Shield and Square Club is both proud and honored to help contribute to and continue the legacy of Camp Barnes and the positive results that it continues to produce in our Delaware youth for for more than 70 years.


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