Ramsey camp offers fun lessons in safety

School is nearly out and Ramsey kids have a chance to go on a fun adventure in safety.

Team counselor and Allina paramedic Kristine Kozer watches as Shyann Swartz struggles to get the blocks in the correct slots while trying to see through special goggles that simulate how sight can be change after a brain injury during last year’s camp. File photo

Team counselor and Allina paramedic Kristine Kozer watches as Shyann Swartz struggles to get the blocks in the correct slots while trying to see through special goggles that simulate how sight can be change after a brain injury during last year’s camp. File photo

The annual Ramsey Safety Camp will be June 25-26 for kids finishing second- and third-grade, said Chandra Kreyer, Ramsey Police Department crime prevention specialist.

Once again the camp will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 14501 Nowthen Blvd. N.W., and features activities designed to teach kids how to be safe no matter their situation, she said.

The cost of the camp is $30, but there are scholarships available, according to Kreyer.

Registrations will be accepted until the maximum of 140 kids has been reached, she said.

During the camp, the kids will be learning how to recognize when someone is being bullied and what to do to stop bullying through a presentation by CLIMB Theatre.

NetSmartz, a program put on by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), will teach Internet awareness to the campers and help the kids identify what is and what is not safe behavior on the Internet, Kreyer said.

The program also teaches campers how to listen to their instincts and how to retreat from unsafe situations, she said.

The Ramsey Fire Department will be putting the campers through their paces in the fire safety obstacle course.

Campers will have to crawl through a window; stop, drop and roll; identify good and bad fires; and finally use the big fire hose.

Returning to camp this year are Creature Encounters, Trick Bicyclist Rich Weiber and Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Chief Operations Officer Garrett Parten with the Hazard House presentation.

Campers will also be fitted with new bike helmets and measured to see if they will be safe without a booster seat in the car, Kreyer said.

The campers will be traveling to the Elk River YMCA for water safety and some water fun June 26.

The camping adventure will end with a family ice cream and root beer social at Lord of Life, 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation of what the kids did at camp, Kreyer said.

For more information on the camp, visit the Safety Camp website, http://www.ci.ramsey.mn.us/safety-camp

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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