Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams) is a free week-long program for Maine kids. Counselors are volunteer Police Officers from across Maine. Sheriffs, Troopers and Municipal Officers all come together to mentor and encourage kids while improving their perceptions of law enforcement.
In June, 173 children from all 16 Maine counties joined forces with over 80 Law Enforcement volunteers for a week of exploration, healthy activities, outdoor recreation, and education. Campers adjust to new places and people – all while being mentored and cared for by officers of Maine law enforcement and public safety organizations.
Law enforcement professionals (current and retired) from all 16 counties in Maine spend the week 24/7 at Camp POSTCARD; Many have been Camp POSTCARD leaders for 5,10, 15, even 20 years. Their goal is to give children an experience that will enrich their lives and give them hope for the future. During this week, campers experience officers as caring and fun-loving people primarily concerned with the well-being of children.
Camp POSTCARD gives children a new perspective on what’s possible for them to achieve; the adults who are providing these many experiences and cheering them on are officers and many other caring adults. Camp POSTCARD gives children a boost to their confidence; they broaden their horizons and have the world open up to them in ways they could not imagine.
Camp POSTCARD is a long-term partnership between the Maine Sheriffs' Association and Volunteers of America Northern New England.
Qualified officers are invited to become volunteer leaders at camp.
You can watch all of the Camp POSTCARD videos here and see why kids love coming to Camp!
Camp POSTCARD needs YOU!
Because of you Campers have all the things they need for a great camp week – from new sleeping bags to sneakers – so that they are able to relax and have a great time. Year after year, our communities have stepped up to support the young Campers.
Click below to learn how you can help:
Camp is possible because of our generous sponsors. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all of our donors, financial as well as in-kind.
We especially want to thank the following sponsors:
Campers experience many new challenges including rock wall climbing, swimming, boating, arts & crafts and all kinds of outdoors sporting activities. This year's Demo Day will include demonstrations of healthy snack making, trained police K-9 dogs, fire prevention, a "touch tank" of live marine creatures, an ice cream truck, face painting and more!