- What: A one-day safety camp for children put on by Hall County Fire Services
- When: June 23 for children ages 6-8; June 25 for children ages 9 to 11
- Where: Laurel Park
- Cost: Free
- Registration: Online at www.hallcounty.org/fireservices or call Lt. Beverley Walker at 770-531-6838
There’s still room for a couple more kids to sign up for Hall County Fire Services’ Camp LifeSavers safety camps, according to the camp coordinator.
The free, one-day camps will be held June 23 for children ages 6-8 and June 25 for children ages 9-11. Both camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park. Each session can only accept 25 children and registration ends today.
Lunch is provided and all those attending will receive a free T-shirt.
Fire Services Lt. Beverley Walker said the camps are split up because each day offers age-specific activities. Organizers don’t want the younger children to be frustrated by an activity that is too advanced for them nor have the older children bored by games and crafts intended for younger children, she said.
Each session will offer a variety of games, activities, and arts and crafts designed to teach the children about a range of safety topics.
"Hopefully, the kids will learn something while they’re having fun," Walker said. "We focus on injury prevention."
With the school out and summer almost here, the sessions focus on avoiding summertime injuries and mishaps. Topics to be covered include fire prevention and burns, safe boating, poison prevention, bicycle safety and nutrition. Other local organizations and agencies also will be teaching some of the sessions.
"It’s a one-day event that gives kids something to do, but also helps them remember about safety in the summertime and hopefully they’ll take it home," Walker said.
The sessions on summer safety couldn’t be more timely, as a toddler died from brain injuries Sunday, a day after being found floating unconscious in a swimming pool.
"We hate to see the summertime marred by those type of events and whatever we can do to prevent that certainly for the families and the community as a whole, it is our responsibility to do whatever we can do," Walker said.
Next week’s sessions mark the third year for the camp, and Walker said she hopes it can expand in the future to be more than just one day.
But even if the camp remains the same, it’s something Walker is committed to continuing.
"I think it’s something that’s really important, and we will always continue to do it as far as I’m concerned," she said.