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Safety Town makes kids safe at an early age

City camp offers wide variety of activities for maximum information


by: CYDNY WINSLOW - The happy faces on four campers and a volunteer reflect the fun everyone is having at Safety Town this week at the West End Building.You can’t learn about safety too early in life. Thanks to Safety Town, there are lessons to be had for Lake Oswego kids this week.

The city of Lake Oswego is sponsoring the camp for children ages 4 to 6, and it includes just about everything a kid needs to be safe. Plus the kids are meeting the public servants who help make citizens safe in this community.

“This is the third year for the camp,” said Cydny Winslow, the city’s teen and youth program coordinator. “The first year we got a grant and the camp was so successful we kept it going.”

Winslow and administrative assistant Jessica Lee have arranged a camp curriculum in which learning and fun go hand in hand. Different aspects of safety are covered — including walking, car and bicycle. Guest speakers include Lake Oswego police officers and firefighters. Everything is set up at the West End Building, where Lee said “a whole trailer of stuff” has been brought in to help kids practice being safe, such as little roads, stop signs, tricycles, coloring books and little cars. by: CYDNY WINSLOW - The happy faces on four campers and a volunteer reflect the fun everyone is having at Safety Town this week at the West End Building.

“We want the kids to be proactive about their own safety,” Winslow said. “The parents love it.”

“The camp has a systematic approach,” Lee said. “We have two people working with 10 kids at a time and they go from station to station. That lets the maximum amount of kids (up to 75) get the maximum information about safety.”

Safety was never so entertaining. This week, the children got to hear from Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson, lifeguards from the city pool and marine deputies from Clackamas County who specialize in water rescues. Their lifejackets went over big with the campers.

The “cool” factor skyrockets when the kids meet a Lake Oswego firefighter decked out in complete equipment and then get to sit inside a fire truck.

A special thrill is set for Friday.

“They’ll ride on a school bus,” Lee said. “It’s huge for them. They get all excited and chatty.”

Truly, Safety Camp makes kids experts on safety at an early age.




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