Youth Preparedness Camp

June 23-27, 2014
San Marcos, TX

Team Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Youth Preparedness Camp!

“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

Do you want to help your school and community be more prepared for emergency situations? Could you benefit from a five-day camp where you will learn basic response skills, teamwork, and action planning, all in a stimulating and fun environment? If so, the Youth Preparedness Camp is for you. Each year the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University selects teams of ten individuals to attend the Youth Preparedness Camp.

The mission of the Texas School Safety Center's Youth Preparedness Camp is to increase emergency preparedness in Texas communities by providing youth with emergency response, action planning, and leadership skills that enhance their capacity to assist their local communities in creating a culture of preparedness.

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Who Should Attend?

Prior to camp, 26.8% of participants strongly believed they could help their community be more prepared for a disaster, compared to 56.1% of participants post camp.

The TxSSC Youth Preparedness Camp is designed and delivered using a youth-led, adult assisted process. A youth-led, adult assisted model is one where students are essentially the decision makers and the adults act in a supportive role. Youth participants must be entering grades 8-12 in the following school year.

Why Should I Attend?

Prior to camp, 43.9% of participants strongly believed youth could be leaders in their community, compared to 68.3% of participants post camp.

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!

What do teenagers that have attended camp have to say…

The Venue

During camp, all participants, including the adult sponsors, will stay in dormitories at Texas State University. Meals will be served in the university cafeteria at specific times. All camp related activities will occur on the grounds of the university.

Team Application

Prior to camp, 7.3% of participants strongly believed they knew how to appropriately treat the "three killers", compared to 70.7% of participants post camp.

Youth groups along with an adult sponsor should apply for camp as a group, and submit all application materials together. Team applications, with supporting material, should be completed and submitted to the TxSSC no later than May 1, 2014. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact Joe McKenna, Youth Preparedness Coordinator, by email at jmm272@txstate.edu.

Camp News

Texas School Safety Center Partners with Target for Youth Camp

Target Logo

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is proud to announce a partnership with Target that will enhance the delivery of the 2014 Youth Preparedness Camp. Community giving is—and always has been—a cornerstone of Target. Since 1946, Target has given five percent of its profit - which today equals more than $4 million a week - to local communities. Additionally, Target team members donated more than 679,000 volunteer hours to projects and organizations in 2012.

More than 1,700 Target stores carry on this tradition by making grants and providing volunteer hours to local communities. Target partners with organizations like the TxSSC to meet the diverse needs of the communities we both serve. By supporting and delivering innovative programs such as the Youth Preparedness Camp, Target and the Center are building stronger communities. Together, Target and the TxSSC strive for a world where all schools and communities are safe, secure, and healthy.

Youth Preparedness Program Recognized on a National Level

Preparedness National Award

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…)

2013 Youth Preparedness Summer Camp

Preparedness National Award

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.