Monday, August 8, 2011

1st Annual Safety Camp - 2011

So I came up with this super cool idea to have a safety camp with my kids and their cousins. I'm pretty sure that I was the only one who thought it was going to be super cool (I even had a super deluxe powerpoint presentation) but they all ended up thinking it was fun. At least I think so. ha!

There are so many topics that we really need to discuss and I've decided that doing it every August before school starts is a good way of remembering to do it. And turning the whole thing into a 2 hour safety camp made it a lot more fun.

Safety Camp Topics Included:

Tornado drill - learned why tornadoes form, the difference between a watch & a warning, then we had a drill

Fire drill - reviewed stop-drop & roll, checked our smoke alarms, had a fire drill, got to shoot off a water fire extinguisher

Bike Safety- learned how to properly wear a helmet, talked about road rules, did a bike safety check

Stranger Danger- Talked about who strangers are, Discussed what to do if someone grabs you, Talked about how parents must always know who you are with even if you're with someone you know, your mom/dad should always know who it is...don't ever go off with anyone even if you know them.

Good touches/ Bad touches- We had a book we read on this topic. Big discussion with this one and this was probably the biggest reason we even had safety camp. Kids (even 3 yr olds) need to feel empowered to tell adults "NO" (even adults in authority over them). We talked about strategies to get yourself out of a nervous/uncomfortable situation. Talked about how you should trust your gut feeling and how to protect your privacy even when your at a sleepover with friends.

Super deluxe powerpoint :)

During our fire drill we pretended that all the doors were blocked and the kids had to find another way out. It took them a few minutes to figure out what to do....they finally decided to head out the window. It had never occurred to me that I needed to make sure they knew how to unlock the windows and kick out the screen.

Our emergency meeting place is our mailbox. Our emergency plan is to meet at the mailbox and wait for the firemen to come.

The "students" listening to me instruct them on the use of a fire extinguisher, but I also told them that this was just for fun and they should NEVER try to put out a fire on their own!!


Heather said...

What a good idea and a great mom!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a camp!!! You should package that and sell it!!! Don't forget to get a fire ladder for each bedroom...since you have a two-story home. THey can store right under the bed for easy access.


anthonyandbeth said...

Love this idea!!!

Sarah Joy said...

That was super cool and you really should package that up... I would buy it and do it with my kids!

Alicia said...

You are awesome!! Love it!