Over the past few years, the Delaware State Fire School has developed camps to help introduce local youth into the world of Fire and Emergency Services.
Two camps have been developed for these kids to learn more about the opportunities available to them in the State of Delaware.
Junior Fire Camp
The DSFS Junior Fire Camp was developed to let kids ages 13 to 17, experience training available to the Fire and Rescue Service. This camp is similar to others in the region, which allow campers who may not yet be eligible to join their local fire company, to experience some of the aspects of training that they could experience if they pursued becoming a firefighter. But this camp is also available to current junior or explorer members of fire companies, to be able to have another opportunity to experience more hands-on training.
The camp is a three-day, all-day camp. The campers learn skills essential to the fire service, how to work as a team, and gain new relationships in the fire service. They are led by current instructors and leaders in the fire service of Delaware. Activities may include Fire/Rescue boat rides, and a tour of a firehouse, learning about apparatus, local fire service history, and the day-to-day life at a fire station. The campers also participate in various training evolutions like hose lines, vehicle rescue. On the last day, campers are able to have family members come and see them demonstrate skills that hey learn along with a cookout to close out the camp.
Camp Fury Delaware
To provide a safe, positive, and empowering “summer camp” experience specifically tailored to young women interested in a career of public safety.
To identify the passion young women possess that motivates their curiosity to join the emergency services arena. In turn, we provide them a safe and supportive space to explore their interests. Camp Fury Delaware offers young women an opportunity to experience a weekend of simulated activities that represent what emergency responders experience, daily. Throughout a high-energy weekend, remarkable female professionals from a variety of response agencies talk to and train campers through hands-on task application and exercises. Our campers will gain self-confidence, leadership skills, and challenge themselves physically and mentally while making new friends. Camp Fury is a stepping stone to a more inclusive, diverse Delaware.
Through the support of the Delaware State Fire School, Camp Fury Delaware is able to host an interactive, engaging and inspiring camp for the next generation of fearless young women. Camp Fury Delaware introduces the field of emergency services to young women early in their lives and supports the women in public safety fields. Camp Fury isn’t “just” a summer camp, it is a leap in the right direction for inclusivity among public safety professionals in and around our state. As we bound into the next year, our values remain the same: Courage – for campers to try something new and different; Confidence – for campers to feel self-assured in their own abilities; and Character – for campers to develop their mental and moral qualities, and to have strength in their originality.
In August 2021, the camp will return August 14 & 15 for a 9a-4p day camp planning around the continuing Pandemic. More information to follow! We look forward to seeing you there!
Next Seminar Date: TBD
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our 2020 and 2021 events had to be cancelled.
In 2019, eighty participants gathered on February 9th for the second annual Empowerment Day, Women’s Leadership Seminar at the Delaware State Fire School. Hosted by Camp Fury Delaware, this half-day event was a truly positive congregation of first responders and local families, alike.
Dr. Sandra Gibney (St. Francis Hospital) was the keynote speaker and she did not disappoint! Dr. Gibney is a dedicated, female leader in our State and is heavily involved in finding a solution to helping those battling the opioid epidemic. She leads an impactful and influential career in the emergency room and her persistence knows no boundaries regarding her work in the City of Wilmington. Our participants were impressed and inspired by her story.
A leadership panel session took place, as well. Panelists included Alaina Battle (UDPD), Alyn Scritchfield (SCTRT/Seaford Fire Co.), Rikki Barnett (D.A.N.G./St. Francis Hospital), Timeka Willis (Belvedere Fire Co./Civil Air Patrol), Nikki Testa (DEMA/Citizen Corps/Wildland Firefighter), Ellen Dickey (DPH/REP Team/TAC), Cheryl Lind (DE National Guard, 201st Engineer FF Team), Becky Keyser (DNREC/Five Points Fire Co) and Amanda Bundek (DPH/Kent County Decontamination Team/ Little Creek Fire Co./American Legion Ambulance No. 64). Panelists were asked a series of questions about their motivation behind their career pathway choices and the participants asked questions as well.
The last aspect of Empowerment Day included a tabling event with 20 of Camp Fury’s partners hosting informational booths to network with our participants. It was a wonderful event!
We look forward to holding another event in early 2022!