Rural Mutual Insurance is honored to be a proud sponsor supporting CampHERO, an experience designed to help girls develop courage, gain confidence and build character while introducing them to the protective services. During this summer camp, girls explore their interests and skills through experiential activities in the areas of police, fire, emergency medical services and dispatch. Protective services are a male dominated field so by exposing girls at a young age to this line of work, CampHERO gives them a foundation of what these careers could be like if they choose to pursue them in the future. CampHERO is an effort to bridge the gap by helping girls discover their abilities and interests, connect with a network of mentors and inspire them to take action in making the world a better place through public service. CampHERO also teaches the Girl Scout values to the attendees.
Volunteer Sara Grade says, “It is important for the girls to know they can do anything they set their mind to.”
Girls get to explore hands-on activities taught by real Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT/Paramedics and Dispatchers. CampHERO is offered to any girl in K-12th grade and the curriculum is based on the age group of the campers. K-1 campers learn things like what to do if they get lost, radio use and stop, drop and roll. In middle school, they learn fire attack, splinting, immobilization, handcuffing, forcible entry, CPR/CCR, and basic first aid. In high school, they add on to these skills with additional units in rappelling, extrication, CPR/CCR/AED certification, self-defense, citizen response to active threats and a final scenario to wrap up the week. These are just a few activities the girls get to enjoy.
Many girls come back every year because of the friends they make at camp and they genuinely enjoy the activities they participate in each year.
CampHERO is run solely by volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities for a range of duties and time commitments to fit different interests and schedules. The camp lasts two full weeks but a lot of time and effort goes into organizing beforehand to make it the best experience possible. Learn more about how to get involved with CampHERO.
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