Youth Preparedness Camp

June 14-18, 2020
San Marcos, TX

“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, camp attendee

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. Information for the 2020 Youth Preparedness Camp is now available.

Application Process

The application period for the 2020 Youth Preparedness Camp is now available. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to contact Julie Palmer by email at julie.palmer@txstate.edu or by phone at (512) 245-6624.

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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.

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.

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 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?

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.

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.

Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Additional Training and Resources

Save the Children's Prep Rally!

Prep Rally

The Prep Rally is Save the Children’s new emergency preparedness program for children grades K-5 covering the basics of getting ready for disasters, including 1) Recognizing Risks, 2) Planning Ahead, 3) Gathering Wise Supplies, and 4)During a Disaster. With a free, turnkey curriculum, the Prep Rally gives communities access to premier preparedness resources and activities that make disaster education fun and engaging. Help children get some prep in their step with games like Disaster Supplies Relay, Emergency Mad Libs and cheers that get children energized to be safety advocates within their families and communities. Best of all, designed with a flexible format, the Prep Rally can be shaped to the specific needs of your program and community, whether it’s afterschool, summer camp, or the start of tornado season. Together, we can build a generation of prepared citizens who are ready to weather whatever storm may come their way. Take a look at the program materials in the Prep Rally Kit: www.savethechildren.org/GetReady.