Youth Preparedness Camp

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“I had an absolutely incredible time at camp. I learned so much - not just about disaster preparedness and Incident Command System, but about leadership and teamwork!”

- Keyanna Ortiz-Cedeno, 2014 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 application period for the 2015 camp will open in late - January. Keep up to date with camp activities and news by checking the website regularly and following us on social media!

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.

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?

Read what camp attendees have said…

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 certificate, 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!

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. The application period for the 2015 camp will open in late - January. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact Joe McKenna, Youth Preparedness Coordinator, by email at

Camp News

Texas School Safety Center Partners with Target for Youth Camp

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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…)

2014 Youth Preparedness Summer Camp

Preparedness National Award

On June 23, 2014, youth groups, along with their adult sponsors, from the Academy of Choice (Spring Branch ISD), Kermit High School (Kermit ISD), Medical Explorers/BSA Post 132 (Portland, Texas), and Edgewood High School (Edgewood ISD) arrived at Texas State University to attend the Texas School Safety Center’s Youth Preparedness Camp. The goal of these groups was to receive training, leadership development, and planning skills that would allow them to lead preparedness efforts in their schools and communities. The camp spanned five days (June 23-27) and was held at the North Campus Housing Complex on the campus of Texas State University.

As part of the camp program, youth and their adult sponsors completed a 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that included a certificate of completion (G-317). The CERT training included classroom-based and hands-on lessons pertaining to fire safety, basic first aid, search and rescue, incident command system (ICS), and disaster psychology, among others intended to prepare youth for an emergency event. Each group also developed a community specific action plan aimed at further preparing their local community. The action plan is a project related to school and/or community preparedness that the youth group, with assistance from their adult sponsor, will implement in their community over the next year. During this five day planning process, groups developed an objective, identified what was needed to achieve that objective, defined the steps needed to complete the objective, and created a presentation to summarize the main points of their plan. Finally, camp participants also participated in leadership development activities in an effort to provide them vital skills needed to address and sustain emergency preparedness in their schools and/or communities. These activities are aimed at empowering youth to lead preparedness efforts in their community.