The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for children who wish to attend the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch in Gilbertsville.

Any child who is between the ages of eight and 11 and would like to attend the ranch is encouraged to apply at the sheriff's office. The camp is free to all who attend.

According to Sheriff Norman Chaffins, children will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and Grayson County is limited to five boys and five girls.

Boys will attend the camp from June 9 to June 14 and the girls will attend from June 16 to June 21.

"The purpose of the sheriff’s ranch is to provide Kentucky youth with a safe, recreational and educational atmosphere so that the child can grow mentally and socially in a camp setting," said Chaffins.

According to the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association website, "The Boys & Girls Ranch is dedicated to redirecting the lives of children in Kentucky; to build their self esteem, moral character, and teach them to have respect for themselves as well as law enforcement professionals."

Chaffins said that children will be able to participate the same kind of activities that they would at any other camp, such as swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and will learn about water safety.

"They will have educational programs, cookouts, and make new friends," he said.

According to Chaffins, Grayson County kids have loved the camp every year they attend.

"It gives them the opportunity to get away from Grayson County for a few days and make new friends, learn new skills and just have a good time and be a kid."

He said that the ranch gives children who may not otherwise afford to be able to go to a traditional camp a chance to experience summer camp for free.

Parents of interested children can pick up an application Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like to help with the camp, they need disposable cups, bath soap, 50 and 100 SPF waterproof sunscreen, plastic/vinyl gloves-Med-Large, all size batteries, plastic forks/spoons, 30 gal. trash bags, shampoo/conditioner, pine-sol, children’s cough medicine, antibiotic ointment, cough drops, 1st aid tape for bandages, Dixie cups, dishwashing liquid, disinfectant spray, paper towels, divided Styrofoam plates, contractor 50 gal. trash bags, cleaning supplies, children’s pain reliever, sore throat /cough relief, anti-itch cream, masking and/or duct tape, large bandages and boys and girls bicycles and helmets.

The Kentucky Sheriffs' Association is also raising money for the ranch through raffling off a 2019 John Deere Gator this valued at $15,000. Tickets can be obtained at the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

According to Chaffins, last year's raffle was won by Grayson County resident William Day.