Do you have kids that are 11, 12, or 13 and you’re looking for a summer day camp that instills self-confidence, teaches life skills and gives them an opportunity to experience today’s fire service, first hand?
MetroFire is proud to offer our young community members the opportunity to attend FIRE CAMP June 25-28.
Fire Camp is a community outreach program provided by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, which has positive effects at the individual, family, neighborhood, school, and community levels.
As Camp begins, firefighters assume the role of camp counselor and are assigned a small group of campers who develop a bond during the week long camp. Interacting with the youth through the course of the camp allows the youth, some of which are looking for guidance and role models in their life, time to sense the values engendered in our job. Those values include the necessity for personal integrity, and the realization that much of life is about working with others to achieve common goals and objectives… teamwork.
Fire Camp was the best camp I’ve ever been to.Fire Camp Camper 2011
During camp, the kids are grouped into “strike teams” of 8 campers, mentored and supervised by a professional firefighter. As the week progresses the teams take on a character of their own as they learn about the job of a firefighter and experience such activities as: putting out a flammable liquid fire with a fire extinguisher, climbing a 105’ aerial ladder truck, developing the traditional skills of a bucket brigade and hand pumper crew, riding with the District’s water rescue team, auto extrication, and participating in a Kid’s Fire Muster.
The benefits of community outreach programs such as this one have both short and long-term impacts. Fire Camp may encourage a spark (no pun intended) in a camper to become a firefighter. If so, we have recruited for the future. Hopefully at the end of the day, the Camp will bring together an entire family around the participant’s daily activities as mom and dad listen to the youth’s narration of the day’s events.
- Water Safety: Kids got time to have fun at Sunsplash while learning about water safety
- Putting out Fires: Kids got to experience first hand the dangers of fires and how to put them out.
- Tours: Kids got to check out the vehicles that the fire fighters use everyday.
- Teamwork: Working as a team kids learned what teamwork is
We are quickly approaching the deadline to apply. For more information and to sign up go to metrofire.ca.gov/firecamp.
For more information please contact Fire Camp at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Community Services Division at (916) 859-4300.