Each year, fire departments around the country play host to a number of junior firefighters and various explorer camps. Activities vary from camp to camp, but always include learning about teamwork, and what it takes to be a firefighter. If you have a youngster who may be interested in one of these camps, we will be providing information at this years barbecue event.
Our Junior Firefighters camp provides both a classroom and practical training to further the children’s knowledge, skills and abilities to be a part of firefighting and emergency services. The two week long camp covers basic fire safety knowledge, fire ground operations, first aid and CPR. Also included is practical exercise, training in the use of fire extinguishers, how to handle hazardous materials, the use of emergency equipment and much more.
Fun is not forgotten at junior firefighter camp. We try and incorporate most of the training activities into exciting events that keep the kids entertained and happy participants. Camp starts with the set up of everyone’s tent. We provide family sized tents for groups of four, but insist that the kids learn how to stake them as a group. This is just the first of many activities that build on the importance of teamwork.
Once the tents are in place and the kids have their gear organized, we clean up and arrange the camping area with tables and a fire pit for meal time. Kids are expected to help search for firewood on their own, so it may not be a bad idea to pack a compass as suggested by Advensport.com. We then go over some basic fire safety tips, and teach the campers about safely lightly and extinguishing a camp fire.
After getting set up, the activities become more specific to fire training, yet we allow at least one free form activity a day. This could be swimming or boating in the nearby lake, a game of baseball on the main field, or a period of arts and crafts, where your token camping gift will be constructed.
At this years barbecue event, there will be a number of junior firefighter camp alumni as well as instructors who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. This will give you a good idea of what the camp is about, and how the children learned from the experience.
Take some time out from the egg race and pulled pork to see what we have in store at junior firefighter camp. If you have a youngster who has their eyes set on this noble profession, they will be thrilled with the experience.