|WCSO sponsors counselor Summer Stokley at Youth Ranch Summer Program|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office sponsored Summer Stokley as a counselor at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Summer Program in Barberville, Fla. during the months of June and July.
Stokley is sharing her life experiences with other youths during the two month program that concludes on July 26.The Youth Camp operates to serve hundreds of dependent, neglected and troubled youths by giving them a camping experience in a wholesome, loving, educational and carefree atmosphere in a natural setting where they can be themselves.
The camp gives youths an opportunity to deal with some of their problems as they interact with camp staff and volunteer law enforcement officers to reinforce positive attributes and overcome negative attitudes. Some of the activities include: swimming, canoeing, archery, sports activities, hiking, arts and crafts, field trips and more.
Stokley will be able to put her experience to use for college credits where she is a senior at West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, WV. The Youth Ranch Program was designed for her as an internship. She knew the experience would help the young ladies she was exposed to but Stokley was surprised what an impact the young ladies have had on her own life.
“I have been keeping in contact with three girls,” said Stokley. “They have definitely touched my heart. I know they have learned a lot from me and I have learned a lot from them.”
“My dad is a big influence in my life and a role model for me,” she said of Deputy Stokley.
“I want to thank the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for giving me the opportunity to do this,” she added. “If I touched one person’s life it was worth it.”
Stokley is a Criminal Justice major and hopes to get into law enforcement in the fraud detection field after she finishes her school work.
“We are certainly proud of her,” said he mother, Geneva. “She worked hard and accomplished something that she set out to do.”