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Springfield Safety Town Camp Begins

Springfield Safety TownSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An important summer camp for kids kicked off Monday in Springfield.

Safety Town, as it’s called, teaches young boys and girls how to keep themselves safe in a variety of different situations.

The two-week-long camp is for children entering kindergarten this fall, and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

It’s happening at Mount Vernon Elementary School.

A few lessons on the list are fire safety, gun safety, and stranger and animal safety.

Organizers say Safety Town is a chance to educate kids in a hand-on environment about important life lessons.

“They are learning not to run out in front of cars, they are learning to be aware of their environment and look out for dangers, you know, you don’t want them to be scared we want them to be empowered to keep themselves safe while they’re enjoying themselves,” said Chrisi Cameron, director of Safety Town.

The camp is staffed by local teens, many of whom return to lead Safety Town years after taking part as kindergartners themselves.

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