Applications for Camp Barnes will be available at or at any Delaware State Police Troop beginning March 1.

Camp Barnes is a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police, and there is no fee to attend. Children who are residents of the state of Delaware between the ages of 10-13 are eligible.

Throughout the week, campers will swim in an Olympic-size pool; kayak in Millers Creek; practice archery, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, arts and crafts, nature walks, fishing and crabbing; and perform in a talent show.

Camp Barnes has a staff of 14 counselors — seven male and seven female. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal background and are interviewed prior to being hired. The staff also includes one on-site nurse, one head cook and one assistant cook. A state trooper will be on duty at all times when the camp is in session. Camp Barnes is not a boot camp or intended for youth with behavior or disciplinary problems.

Campers are required to get a physical exam or an updated physical exam prior to being accepted to Camp Barnes. Parents are encouraged to get an updated physical for their children as soon as possible in preparation for the camping season. Campers will not be assigned a week until an up to date physical is submitted.

The Delaware State Police also is seeking individuals to fill the position of camp counselor. Starting salary is $300 per week. Camp runs from June 25 to Aug. 3. Food and lodging is provided, and weekends are off. Applicant must be a graduating senior in high school or college student. Applications may also be found at

For more, call 752-3834 or email