During camp, all participants, including the adult sponsors, will stay in dormitories at the university. Meals will be served in the university cafeteria at specific times. All camp related activities will occur on the grounds of Schreiner University.
Youth Preparedness Camp
Increase preparedness in your community by receiving emergency response training, constructing a community specific action plan, and acquiring the skills to be a leader in your school or community.
Dates & information for the 2014 camp will be avaliable in early January!
Besides meeting amazing people I think the best part of the training was the fact that we gained knowledge that can be put to use every day
- Miguel Rodriguez, 2012 camp attendee
In the Governor's Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan for 2010-2015, the Texas School Safety Center is charged with Objective 2.4.5 to "Incorporate and implement Citizen Corps programs through training and outreach in schools to emphasize student and staff preparedness and safety. Toward this aim, the TxSSC holds a summer camp for youth that focus on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, emergency preparedness, leadership, and community action planning. Each year, the center selects teams of ten individuals (9 youth and 1 adult) to attend camp.
The Texas School Safety Center’s (TxSSC) youth preparedness program was honored in September during National Preparedness Month ceremonies at the White House. The Youth Preparedness Summer Camp received the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Outstanding Achievements in Youth Preparedness award. The center also received honorable mention in the category of Awareness to Action. (Read more…)
Why Should I Attend?
Participants (including the adult sponsor) receive a full 20 hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that includes a CERT certification, develop a community action plan as a team, and acquire the leadership skills needed to address emergency preparedness in their schools and/or communities when they return home—all of which is achieved while having one of the most exciting weeks of summer!
Who Should Attend?
Youth with an adult sponsor apply for camp as a group, and submit all application materials together. Youth participants must be entering grades 8-12 in the following school year. Please check back in January 2014 for next summer's camp application. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact Joe McKenna, Camp Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Youth Preparedness Summer Camp
In 2013, five teams attend the Texas School Safety Center’s Youth Preparedness Camp. The teams were Cornerstone School (San Angelo), Coldspring Junior Medical Reserve Corps (Coldspring), Pleasant Grove High School (Texarkana), Southland High School (Southland), and Sulphur Springs High School (Sulphur Springs) and consisted of 42 youth and five adult sponsors. The camp spanned five days (June 24-28) and was held at Schriener University in Kerrville. As part of camp, youth and adult sponsors completed a 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that included a certification (G-317). They also developed a community specific action plan aimed at preparing their local community, and acquired leadership skills needed to address and sustain emergency preparedness in their schools and/or communities.
The training included fire safety, basic first aid, search and rescue, incident command system (ICS), disaster psychology, and other skill-based lessons intended to prepare youth for an emergency. Action plans consist of campaigns and other activities that raise awareness about local hazards and preparedness, while also encouraging members of the public to take action and prepare themselves and their families. Check out the 2013 camp highlight video and experience the training, events, and fun that took place this summer.