GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Fire Department is now accepting applications for its popular Youth Fire Camp, for which spots quickly filled up ahead of the camp's debut last year.
This year's camp is July 21 to July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Police and Fire Training Center at 1510 N. Church Street in Greensboro. The camp is for children ages seven to 10 only and costs $50 per child--a fee covering all supplies and expenses, including a family cookout.
Greensboro fire and life safety educator April Robertson, whom recently received an award for the success and life-saving objective of the first camp, affirmed the camp "isn't to build fire fighters." She said instead, its purpose is to build teamwork and coach youth how to be prepared in various hazardous situations.
At the Youth Fire Camp, campers learn fire, water and bike safety, as well as CPR. Heart Smart, Inc. executive director Antwan McCoy said there are various examples in which children have used CPR to save the lives of their siblings, friends or others in emergency situations. He said he teaches youth both hands-only CPR, as well as regular CPR with mouth-to-mouth contact and AED use. McCoy reiterated it is important to be mindful of the pending state law, which requires AEDs in all North Carolina schools by 2015. It also requires all high school students to take a CPR course prior to graduation.
The 50 camp spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Robertson said already, several spots have been filled. Five scholarship positions are available for qualifying children. The application period will close May 16, unless the camp becomes full prior to that date. Applications can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. or mailed to:
Greensboro Fire Department
Attn: April Robertson
1512 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC 27405