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Fire Camp Was A Great Escape for Kids

Monday, June 18th, 2012
ASHEVILLE NC – For 28 youths, this week was a chance to fill the boots of firefighters at the City of Asheville Fire Department’s Fire Escape camp.
For the third year in a row, AFD hosted the three-day camp for boys and girls in grades six through eight. Attendance at the camp, held at the Asheville Firefighters Association Camp off Clayton Road, has grown since it began in 2010.“We got some repeat campers, and a few told their friends. Word is getting out and we filled up pretty quick this year,” said AFD Public Information Officer Kelley Klope.The department’s interaction with students at Asheville Middle School through the In Real Life partnership also contributed to the turnout, Klope said.

Kids got to learn how to use turnout gear, the suit and equipment firefighters use when entering burning buildings, unroll and connect hoses and take a turn in the 100-foot-tall aerial bucket. They even got a taste of the obstacle course training that Asheville’s firefighters use to stay in top form.

“They get to learn the skills we use,” Klope said. “The kids just love it.”

The camp also serves as an introduction to other opportunities the AFD offers, including Asheville Fire Explorer Post 77, which trains young adults ages 14-21 firefighting skills. Several current firefighters with the department got their start in Post 77.

Fire Escape camp was provided free of charge, thanks to the participation of the Asheville Firefighters Association and Asheville firefighters who volunteered their time over the three days. The AFD also wants to thank Firehouse Subs and Asheville Pizza and Brewing for donating lunches.

For information about future camp opportunities, contact Kelley Klope at (828) 251-4011 or [email protected]

Registration Open for The NC Arboretum’s 2012 Discovery Camps

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Registration is now open for The North Carolina Arboretum‘s 2012 Discovery Camp. Now in its seventh year, the camp program at the Arboretum offers experiences for every age from pre-kindergarten through middle school, with opportunities for high schoolers as Counselors in Training. Focusing on the philosophy that every child deserves the opportunity to enjoy and explore the natural world, camps utilize the 434-acre Arboretum property as an outdoor classroom to cultivate a sense of adventure and wonder in the outdoors and promote environmental stewardship and conservation.

Scholarships are available to campers whose families meet eligibility criteria. For more information, or to register your child for camp, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Camp HERO at A-B Tech Gives Youth an Inside Look at Emergency Responders

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – For a week in July at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 13 youths investigated crime scenes, examined blood spatters, navigated their way through a smoke-filled apartment and practiced life-saving skills during the College’s Camp HERO (How Emergency Responders Operate). The camp, for ages 11 to 15, gave students an introduction into the lives and operations of firefighters, law enforcement officers and paramedics.

Sophia Robinson, 12, discovered what she saw on television wasn’t exactly what happens in real life. “The stuff on TV is way, way different than what police officers actually do. You have to have a warrant for searches,” she said. “I want to become a forensic scientist and work for the FBI.”

The camp was led by college instructors from Fire Protection Technology, Criminal Justice Technology and Emergency Medical Science. “They volunteered their time to give kids the opportunity to experience some of the exciting aspects of our respective fields,” said Elizabeth Nealon, A-B Tech Criminal Justice Technology Instructor.  “Local fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies also participated, giving the kids an additional realistic perspective.”

The campers especially enjoyed being able to watch a Haz-Mat robot in action and use a extinguisher to put out a fire. Various emergency responders in the community came by the Hemlock Building to give demonstrations and to show students the tools of the trade, allowing them to explore emergency vehicles and practice CPR in a moving ambulance.

“I wanted to become a police officer and when my mom saw this camp, she told me about it,” said Will Childers, 14.  “I have felt really encouraged by this. I found out I truly loved law enforcement. I learned police have to be careful because of the dangerous situations. I also learned to be nice to the people you arrest so they will comply.”

Instructors took the initiative, while sticking to the planned framework of the program’s concept, to remain flexible to address the specific wants and interests of individuals in the group.  “As the camp progressed, some self-defense techniques, handcuffing methods and critical analysis of a couple of ‘COPS’ episodes were addressed at camper’s requests, to personalize their camp attendance to them,” said Chris Fay, A-B Tech Criminal Justice Chair. “In what is an evolving camp concept, attendees learn from ‘HEROs,’ and ‘HEROs’ learn from attendees.”

Campers left Friday with a crime scene, evidence and law workbook, fingerprints and sample documents, a firehouse cookbook, camp T-shirt, First-Aid skills and Heartsavers certification.

Camp Julian Day Camp – Sign Up Now!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Diamond Brand Outdoors is teaching 2 days of kayak instruction.ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services will host the 2011 Camp Julian Day Camp the week of August 1 – 5. The camp will be held daily at Lake Julian Park in Arden from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Choose the number of days your child attends. He or she can come for just a few days or for the whole week. Camp is limited to 20 campers per day. Camp Julian is open to rising 1st grade through 8th grade children.

Some great activities are planned for this year’s campers:

  • Diamond Brand Outdoors is teaching two days of kayak instruction and outdoor skills.
  • For up and coming sleuths, a Crime Scene Investigation will be led by a Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputy and detective.
  • Nutty Newton will have campers experimenting with the incredible forces of physics.
  • Ben Prater with North Carolina Wildlife introduces campers to the wonders of nature.
  • Campers will experience hands on activities with the Oricha Drum circle.
  • Land lubbers will have a chance to try their lake legs on a pontoon boat ride on Lake Julian.
  • Gerry Locklear with NC Wildlife and Fishing will teach lessons in water
    safety, fishing and outdoor skills.
  • Sweet Tea Miniature Golf will set up nine holes of golfing for campers.
  • and More! Including fishing in Lake Julian.

Learn about Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) with a Sheriff deputy & detective. Registration has begun, and will end when all slots are filled. The cost is $160 per week, or $40 per day. Fees are due at the time of registration and include all programs, and morning and afternoon snacks. Campers will need to bring their own lunch and drink unless otherwise instructed.

For more information contact Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].