Starting in June, the City of Flint Fire Department will offer the first ever “Camp Fire” Summer Youth Camp for girls and boys ages 12-17 years old that reside in Flint and surrounding communities.
“My goal this summer, for all youth, all over the city of Flint, is to make sure that they are involved in an activity that is both fun and educational,” said Flint Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. “It is never too early to introduce a child to a possible career pathway for them to consider and if nothing else, teach them at an early age to respect the heroic work that firefighters do.”
“Camp Fire” a two week program aimed at providing girls and boys with a comprehensive, intensive overview of the firefighting profession. The program is very physical, hands-on and intense. Girls and boys will have the opportunity to do things that they may never have done before. Cadets will gain a confidence and inner strength that comes through accomplishment and success, free of charge to participants.
“Our mission is to provide young girls and boys a safe environment to gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills,” said Fire Chief Raymond Barton. “We will accomplish our mission by bringing in the best instructors and staff that we can, and by continuously evaluating and updating the program to meet the needs of the cadets and to reflect current NFPA safety and training standards.”
Another goal of the summer camp is to improve academic performance, school attendance, and address behavioral concerns.
“It is our hope that the long-term effect of the program will improve academic performance, school attendance, graduation rates and attitudes,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Carrie Edwards. “We believe that showing youth what they are capable of helps them recognize and unleash their potential, which can change the trajectory of their life.”
Participants can sign up for the program by visiting the city of Flint website and downloading an application.