The adventure begins when the barge is loaded at the mainland with the children and troopers, and heads toward Trooper Island.
When the barge touches the island, campers make their way from the boat dock up a small hill. At the top the youths are divided into groups of eight.
Each day begins early, with the raising of the flag.
Various informational and educational programs are scheduled between breakfast and lunch times.
Campers learn about: accident and fire prevention, first aid, conservation, hygiene, good citizenship, drug abuse and leadership.
The volunteer instructors come from many state agencies and adjacent communities.
Afternoons are spent in enthusiastic physical activity and once the evening meal is completed movies, campfires, games, and other planned activities await the campers.
SWIMMING POOL: Olympic size pool where non-swimmers are taught to swim by certified instructors. Swimmers are taught proper safety procedures.
ARCHERY RANGE: Campers have the opportunity to learn archery skills on the archery range taught by trained instructors.
RIFLE RANGE: Campers are taught firearms safety and have the chance to compete on the air rifle range.
BASKETBALL COURT: Asphalt regulation court.
BOATING: All campers are taught proper handling of small boats.
OTHER: Softball, volleyball, horseshoes, etc.
Scope and Mission of Trooper Island
Boys and girls, ages 10 to 12, are selected from each of the sixteen post areas. Each Trooper selects children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a camp.
The camping program is dedicated toward the development of one's self image. Building the physical body through nutritious food and exercise, developing mental capabilities with classroom study and providing spiritual growth through non-denominational chapel services.
Trooper Island also holds specialized camps each summer. One camp is for Hispanic children, which assists in breaking down the cultural barriers with this growing segment of population. and (PKU Camp) children with phenylketonuria, a genetic condition that can cause mental retardation when not treated early in infancy.
There is no cost to the campers who attend Trooper Island and there are no restrictions based on race, creed or color.