Applications for children who wish to attend Camp Barnes this summer will be available starting March 1.

Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek in Ocean View, is a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.

Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a youth camp. It has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with outdoor experiences for more than 60 years.

All campers must be residents of Delaware and be between the ages of 10 and 13 years old to attend.

Applications will be available at all Delaware State Police troops and can be downloaded at the camp’s website,, starting March 1.

The camp will run in weekly, five-day increments beginning June 29; parents will be asked to specify when they would like their child to attend. There will be three weeklong camps for boys and three for girls.

Campers will get the opportunity to swim in an Olympic-size pool, kayak, participate in arts and crafts, fish, play sports and many other things.

They will also compete in a scaled-down version of the Olympics and will get to watch demonstrations by the state police K-9 unit.

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, two cooks, one nurse and one kitchen assistant. There also is a state trooper on the grounds at all times when camp is in session.

Campers are required to have a physical exam or an updated physical exam before they can be accepted.

Applications and physicals should be turned in by May 15.

For questions, call Master Cpl. Shawn Hatfield at 302-856-5850, ext. 212.

 Looking for counselors

The Delaware State Police are also looking for individuals to fill the position of camp counselor.

Counselors are required to submit to a criminal check as well as an interview.

The starting salary is $300 per week with weekends off; food and lodging is provided. Applicants must be a graduating senior in high school or older.

Applications may be found on the camp’s website and must be turned in no later than April 16.