Spring has arrived, and despite the lingering chill, there has been plenty of sunshine. The change in season offers an opportunity to get out and enjoy all the beautiful scenery the coastal area has to offer; and what better way than to see it all from the open road? To help raise funds to support Camp Barnes, the Delaware State Police will be hosting their annual Colonel’s Camp Barnes Chili Bike Run this Sunday, March 29.
Camp Barnes, which is located on Miller’s Creek and the Little Assawoman Bay, has been operational since 1947. Each summer, the camp is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13, at no cost to their families, through an application process. For six weeks, groups of 60 campers enjoy a genuine summer camp experience, complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, kayaks, nature trails, arts and crafts and demonstrations by the Delaware State Police K-9, SCUBA and Aviation units.
The Chili Bike Run is a police-escorted motorcycle ride to the camp, followed by a picnic and party at the camp itself. All proceeds raised by the Run will benefit Camp Barnes.
“We have two registration locations,” explained Brenda Unruh, administrative secretary to the Delaware State Police Victim Services division. “Anyone interested in riding can register at either the Smyrna Rest Area on Route 13, or at the Seaford Harley-Davidson, also on Route 13. The first 125 registrants at both locations will receive a free T-shirt. Both groups will have a police escorted scenic ride from the registration areas to Camp Barnes, where we will have hot dogs, burgers, chili and sodas.”
Registration runs from 9 to 10 a.m., and costs $25. The ride will take approximately three hours, placing the riders at Camp Barnes itself around 1 p.m.
“In the past, we’ve had as many as 400 people riding,” said Unruh. “We’ll hang out at Camp Barnes as long as the weather holds out. Our D.J., Sgt. Paul Foskey of the Capitol Police Department, will provide music for the event, as well.”
A number of businesses have rallied behind the DSP to help sponsor the Bike Run.
“Harley Davidson and Pizza King in Seaford, Sysco, BJ’s, Promotions Plus, Berks Packing Co. in Reading Pa., and the Sussex Tech High School carpentry class have all helped make this event possible, and we’re very grateful for that help,” said Unruh.
Anyone interested in making a donation to Camp Barnes is asked to send a check to: Camp Barnes, 37190 Camp Barnes Road, Frankford DE 19945. Registration for summer camp is available at any DSP station, or online at www.campbarnes.net.
Anyone seeking additional information can contact Brenda Unruh at (302) 739-3711.