Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 23, 2014
Sheriff’s deputy Scott Kane awarded for 20 years of Camp POSTCARD
Scott Kane, sheriff’s deputy for Hancock County, at his Harborside home. Kane was awarded the Maine Sheriff’s Association Presidential Award 2013, for “enhancing the lives of countless children” through Camp POSTCARD. Kane is also running for sheriff on the Republican ticket this fall.
by Anne Berleant
Scott Kane, a long-time sheriff’s deputy for Hancock County, has spent the last 20 years bringing together kids and police, correction and municipal officers each summer for a week at Camp POSTCARD.
“What makes this [camp] unique is that the camp is staffed by law officers and correction officers,” Kane said in a recent interview. “It gives kids a chance to see law enforcement officers in another light.”
He and co-founder Christine Buchanan, a Maine State Trooper, were awarded the Presidential Award 2013 by the Maine Sheriff’s Association for their service in Camp POSTCARD in a January 16 ceremony in Portland.
Camp POSTCARD, or Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams, “removes the barrier of the uniform,” Kane said.
Kids see the officers enjoying recreations like swimming and fishing throughout the week. On the final day, different presenters “show kids options of what they can get involved in.” The day’s final ceremony has their counselors march out in uniform.
Each year, the camp serves 150 fifth and sixth graders recommended to a Maine sheriff’s department for participation. The camp is free, and transportation and gear, like sleeping bags or raincoats, are provided. It has been held in Camp Roosevelt, in the YMCA camp in Winthrop, and is now held in western Maine.
Kane had spent 10 years, from 1992 to 2002, as a DARE officer, working in schools. “I just had an idea that wouldn’t it be great…to do something like this,” he said, “never thinking it would go as big as it did.”
Kane is often stopped on the street by former campers. “Some of those kids have grown up and become police officers and correction officers,” he said.
“I’m pretty proud that an idea I had, so many people bought into,” he said, “and [of] the impact it made on kids across the state. There’s no doubt in my mind that it did.”
Kane has started a new project this year—running for Hancock County Sheriff on the Republican ticket.
“I’ve had people encouraging me [to run] for several years,” he said. “With Sheriff Clark retiring [this year], it’s time for me to put up or shut up.”