People can expect to be fight heat at summer camp, but the more than 100 teens who attend junior firefighter camp at West Virginia University's Jackson's Mill will battle a 1,300 square-foot fire, too.
This summer, the teens attending camp will suit up and learn valuable emergency service skills at WVU Extension Service's Junior Fire Fighter Camp. The campers will be educated in the classroom, as well as through live fire training, on topics such as aircraft rescue firefighting, hose evaluations and forcible entry.
The camp, which takes place from June 25-30 at the State Fire Academy located at WVU Jackson's Mill near Weston, aims to both spark the interest of youth by giving them an inside look into emergency services and help students develop leadership skills.
The camp can accommodate up to 125 campers, ages 14 to 17. Registration deadline is Friday. The camp costs $250, which includes all meals and lodging. A limited amount of scholarships are available.
"The camp is more than just firefighting," said Mark Doty, the program coordinator for WVU Fire Service Extension. "It's about working as a team, learning what's out there and volunteering in your community."
The camp, which is one of the few junior fire fighter camps in the nation that brings together students from multiple states, has been operating for four years. This year, there will be students from as far away as Texas and Connecticut traveling to the camp.
The camp is working to improve its "step up" program which adds new and more advanced training for returning campers. In an environment similar to a typical fire station, the veteran campers move up in the ranks, serving as officers and chiefs within the camp, effectively simulating the proper chain of command.
For more details regarding registration and scholarship opportunities, email Doty at Mark.Doty@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-269-0875.
To learn more about the WVU Extension Service's Junior Fire Fighter Camp, visit www.fireservice.ext.wvu.edu.