The countdown to the end of the school year is on and the 11th annual Ramsey Safety Camp is right around the corner.
This year the camp will be June 19 and 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After having to move the camp from the Rum River Boy Scout Camp to Lord of Life Church last year because of severe weather, the decision has made to make the move permanent, according to Ramsey Crime Prevention Specialist Chandra Kreyer.
Safety camp is funded with donations and moving to the church will save the event a lot of money, she said.
“We won’t have to rent tents anymore,” Kreyer said.
The church, located at 14501 Nowthen Blvd N.W., is also a convenient location with running water and electricity.
Having electricity opens up the possibility of new programs, like Internet safety, Kreyer said.
When 180 campers, who are second- and third-graders, come to safety camp, they will be doing fun activities and learning how to be safe in the car, in the house and when outside playing,
This year’s camp includes an obstacle course by Allina/Mercy Hospital.
But this course has a catch – campers will be finding out how someone with a brain injury sees and feels things.
Bullies are everywhere and CLIMB Theatre will be at safety camp this year to give kids the skills to recognize what bullying is and what they can do to stop it, Kreyer said.
“It will put the kids in the control seat,” she said.
The message is going to be that it is not OK to be a bully or stand by and watch someone being bullied, Kreyer said.
Campers will also learn about fire prevention, how to make a safe escape from a house, electrical safety and animal safety.
Magician Brian Richards of 4 Ace Productions will be giving campers a flashy display of how drugs can steal the magic and bike stunt rider Rich Wieber will dazzle the campers with his skills.
Wieber will also be talking to campers about setting goals and sticking to the right path to achieve them, Kreyer said.
One of the newer programs at camp this year is a program on seat belts, booster seats and air bags.
Vehicle accidents are the number one killer of kids, Kreyer said.
Seat belts are designed for adults and many kids do not fit into them well, she said.
During last year’s camp, each camper was weighed and measured and only 23 of the 144 campers were big enough to be safe in a seat belt, Kreyer said.
The camp program will determine what is the safest restraint for each camper, she said.
“We will also be giving each child a new (bike) helmet and Safe Kids Anoka County will be there to properly fit each camper with their helmet and explain to them how to wear them,” Kreyer said.
On the last day of camp, campers will head off to the Roosevelt Middle School pool, Blaine, to go swimming and learn water safety.
The final event for campers will be an awards ceremony at Lord of Life on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The cost for the two-day camp is $30 and covers all activities, T-shirt, new helmet, lunches, snacks/beverages and awards ceremony.
Registration is already open and materials can be found online at http://www.cityoframsey.com/community-events.
Limited scholarships are available.
Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]