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FRANKFORD – Generous acts of giving will help the Delaware State Police effort to support youth and happy campers.

Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (A.C.T.S.) and the Delaware Marine Trade Association recently made donations to Camp Barnes Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides the free recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.

Master Cpl. Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police accepts a check for $20,000 from Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (A.C.T.S.) in Ocean View in support of Camp Barnes. (Submitted photo).

Atlantic Community Thrift Shop, located in Ocean View, donated $20,000 in its ongoing support of Camp Barnes.

The A.C.T.S. donation will go towards the continued renovations and general operations of the camp.  A.C.T.S. has supported the camp over the years through financial donations and staff members volunteering at the camp, said state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe.

Delaware Marine Trade Association donated life vests to Camp Barnes.

Camp Barnes, owned and operated by the Delaware State Police, recently received a donation of life vests from the Delaware Marine Trade Association. Pictured in photo, Master Cpl. Shawn Hatfield and Captain Abigail Gilliar of the Delaware Marine Trade Association. (Submitted photo).

Located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, Camp Barnes has served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware since the late 1940s.

Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences.

One of the many positive aspects of Camp Barnes summer camp is the innovative use of adventure based outdoor learning experiences.

The summer camp is run by Delaware State Police and is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13 at no cost to the camper or family.

Camp Barnes accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks. Camp sessions run from early July through August. All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

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