Perry County Indiana Sheriff's Office

Kenny Kellems Camp with a Cop

The Perry County Fraternal Order of Police is offering young people an exciting, up-close look at law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and all other emergency services through its annual youth camp. This camp will help students gain respect for themselves and others through programs that demonstrate the rewards of hard work and dedication.

  • This program utilizes educational and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.  It is based on the conviction that young people – if they are reached early enough – can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship.
  • The Perry County Fraternal Order of Police Youth Camp “Camp with a Cop” brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of law enforcement and expands their awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents. Such respect is beneficial to the youth, the police officer, the neighborhood and the community.
  • The Perry County Fraternal Order of Police Youth Camp “Camp with a Cop” strives to connect our youth and law enforcement and the criminal justice system in a positive way with character building tools to deter juvenile crime and violence; as well as, create interest in possibly getting involved law enforcement later in life. The friendship and trust built through this structured camp will help teach our youth that they have a friend behind the badge. These bonds can last a lifetime.

Camp Activities

Police officers staff the co-ed camp and programs include:
  • A challenging obstacle course
  • Internal disciplinary process w/basic marching drills
  • Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS, and Air-Evac demonstrations
  • Alcohol and substance abuse prevention and alternatives discussions
  • SCUBA diving opportunities for campers
  • K-9 operations and demonstrations
  • High Risk Warrant Team (SWAT) demonstrations
  • Firearms/weapons demonstrations and safety
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Demo and landing by Air Evac (EMS helicopter)
  • Police Officer’s equipment and vehicles examined
  • Zip Line experience
  • Use of Force explained with demonstration
  • Other law-enforcement and criminal justice system related topics
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kickball
  • Slip N Slide

Camp Dates

This four-day/three-night camp, has campers arriving on Tuesday afternoon and end with graduation on Friday evening.

2019 Camp is over.

Dates for 2020 have not been set yet.

Who is this camp for?

Camp with a Cop is for students entering 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades. There are no residency requirements and our camp is open to kids from anywhere.

It has been staff member’s experience due to the fast pace of the camp, parents of children with special needs, severe medical issues, or children who do not like physical activity, may want to reconsider if this camp is right for them. As this camp consist of outdoor physical activities from sun up to sun down daily. This includes high heat conditions, rain, and other inclimate weather.

About the Camp

Camp staff members are handpicked, responsible law enforcement personnel from every agency in the county and surrounding agencies, who have committed themselves to preparing today’s youth for their futures. Additionally, campers receive one on one time with law enforcement officers, who help them develop relationships that will last a lifetime. Camps are made possible through the support of the local area businesses, the Perry County Substance Abuse Committee, the Perry County Fraternal Order of Police, the Cannelton Police Department, Tell City Police, Perry County Sheriff’s Office and citizens like you, willing to sponsor a child.

Camp Staff members:
Trooper Charles Johnson – Indiana State Police
Chief Deputy Eric Dickenson – Perry County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Jason Shadwick – Tell City Police
Officer Phil Flamion – Tell City Police / School Resource Officer
Officer Jeff Dickenson – Cannelton Police / Indiana DOC
Officer Dan Bickford – Cannelton Police
Officer Zak Howerton – Indiana Conservation
Deputy Stephen Poehlein – Perry County Sheriff’s Office

Any questions regarding sponsorship, applications, or volunteer services may be directed to Sergeant Jason Shadwick, or by calling 812-547-7068.

Where is the camp?

Where is the camp?
The camp itself will be conducted at the Glenn Wood Hills Camp & Retreat located at 10848 Tide Road, Derby, IN 48525.

Graduation celebration will be held at the Campground on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Campers will be released to go home after graduation. Bus service will not available on Friday. (DIRECTIONS TO GLENN WOOD HILLS CAMP)

Camp Costs

The cost is $60.00 per camper and sponsorships are available for those financially challenged. To apply for sponsorship funds YOU MUST include a one page letter, in your own NEAT handwriting, explaining why you would like to be awarded a sponsorship. This sponsorship request must be turned in by June 24, 2019. No Sponsorships will be offered beyond that date!

How to Register

Download the Camp Application. Please fill out the pages labeled as “A” and “B”, and place the registration fee (check only please, no cash) in an envelope. 

MEDICATION: If your child takes medication and needs to have the medication administered, you must fill out and return form page labeled “C”. 

You can either mail it to the department or drop it off. Any questions feel free to call and ask to speak with an officer at 812-547-7068 OR email at, or on message us on Facebook at Perry County FOP Lodge 137.

Everything should be returned to the Tell City Police Department at:

Tell City Police Department
ATTN: FOP Camp with a Cop
707 Mozart Street
Tell City, IN 47586

Applications must be received at the Tell City Police Department BEFORE June 30, 2019.

Information for Campers

Camp Drop Off
The camp drop off location is Tell City High School (Tell Street Parking Lot) at noon on Tuesday, July 18. The campers will arrive and place all belongings and property into a designated area. The campers will then proceed to the school cafeteria where they will register and receive photo ID’s. At this point, camp staff will collect all medications and medical orders completed by parents or guardians. Once registration is complete, campers will go swimming in the TCHS pool and will be served pizza. Once the registration process and swimming time is complete, campers will be transported by bus to the Glenn Wood Camp Facility.


What to wear?

  • Wear comfortable clothes (that you can get dirty).
  • Wear comfortable close-toed Shoes. (bring flip flops for swimming and the showers).

What To Bring To Camp for overnight:

  • 4 extra sets of comfortable clothes (that you can get dirty) including undergarments
  • 5 pair of socks
  • A towel, washcloth and soap; deodorant, shampoo.
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A hairbrush or comb
  • A set of pajamas
  • A swimsuit (two if possible)
  • A sleeping bag/covers and pillow (bedding is not provided)
  • Bring flip flops for swimming and showers. Tennis shoes or running shoes will be worn during all other activities.
  • Optional Items
  • Disposable Camera
  • Sunscreen and\or Bug Repellant
  • A flashlight
  • Fishing pole and tackle box if you would like to fish

What Not To Bring

  • Food/candy (unless your child requires you to supply a special diet)
  • MP3s/Ipods/Game boys/Laptops/Ipads, etc.
  • Jewelry
  • Firearms or Knives
  • Illegal Drugs/Alcohol
  • Valuables or Cash

All electronic devices brought by campers will be kept in the cafeteria throughout the camp. No use of electronic devices will be permitted during camp hours. However, campers will be permitted to contact their parents via their devices nightly if requested.

Perry County FOP “Camp with a Cop” is not responsible for lost money, electronics, and anything that is in the camper’s possession.

What’s provided by the camp:

  • sunscreen
  • camper photo ID’s
  • camp shirts
  • bug spray
  • 3 hot meals a day plus snacks (popsicles, smores, ice cream, etc)
  • lanyards
  • Gatorade and water stations throughout the camp, available at all times
  • medical staff
  • camp security

Information for Parents

We encourage parents or family members to not attend during camp. This is only due to the fast pace schedule of events and liability on the campgrounds. If a parent or family member visits camp, they will only be permitted in the Chapel Classroom. Parents are however able to apply for volunteer services by completing an application prior to camp dates. Volunteers are subject to background checks. Contact Sergeant Jason Shadwick,, for volunteer information.

Opening Day

Opening Day is an exciting time for everyone! Campers should wear swimsuits under their clothing at the arrival of day one. Campers should bring all needed items from home with them to the Tell City High School Cafeteria. When you arrive, a staff member will greet you and your camper(s) and you can complete your check in. The campers will arrive and place all belongings and property into a designated area. The camper will then proceed to the school cafeteria where they will register and receive photo ID’s. At this point, Camp staff will collect all medications and medical orders completed by parents or guardians. Once registration is complete, campers will go swimming in the TCHS pool for swimming and other aquatics activities. Once the registration process and swimming time is complete, campers will have a pizza party before being transported by bus to the Glenn Wood Hills Camp Facility.

If a parent or someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up a child early from camp for any reason, they must inform the camp staff at registration. This policy is designed for the protection of all of our campers. Once we arrive at camp, we will unpack. Snacks will be provided to campers. Campers will spend the night in our air conditioned dorms that evening. Bunk beds will be provided, however they will want to bring a sleeping bag or bedding and pillow. The next morning, campers will have a good breakfast and have a fun-filled day ahead.

Graduation (4th) Day

Beginning at 4 p.m. campers will have a graduation ceremony. Parents are encouraged to attend and may begin to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. We will have signs along the way to help you get to the camp. Signs will also show you where to park upon your arrival. The ceremony will be held at the Pavilion, on camp property. As soon as graduation is over, the camp will conclude.