Youth Preparedness Camp

In-Person Camp
Summer 2023
San Marcos, TX
In-Person Camp

We look forward to welcoming Youth Preparedness campers in the Summer of 2023! Please check back for more information coming soon.

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.

Each year the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University selects teams of individuals to attend the Youth Preparedness Camp.

Who Should Attend?

Do you want to help your school and community be more prepared for emergency situations? Could you benefit from a camp where you will learn basic response skills, teamwork, and action planning, all in a stimulating and fun environment? If so, the TxSSC’s Youth Preparedness Camp is for you. Youth participants must be entering grades 9-12 in the following school year.

Why Should I Attend?

Participants (including the adult team leader) receive a FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training that includes a CERT certificate of completion, 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!

Where Will the Camp Be Held in 2023?

During camp, all participants, including the adult team leaders, 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 in San Marcos, TX.

For more information about the Texas Youth Preparedness Camp contact Julie Palmer at

Not eligible for TCOLE training credit.

Additional Preparedness Training

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) supports the implementation of youth preparedness training and programs across Texas. The Youth Preparedness Online Training Program is an initiative developed by the FEMA Region 6 Youth Preparedness Council, in conjunction with the TxSSC. The five courses are Independent Study courses available online at no charge through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).