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May 6th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
It’s many a childhood dream to grow up to be a fireman. This summer, the non-profit Santa Anita Family YMCA and the City of Monrovia Fire Department will make it possible for children to experience that dream at a week-long Junior Firefighters Camp.
The SAFYMCA all-day specialty camp is designed for children entering 4th through 6th grade, and will be taught by Monrovia Fire Department firefighters.
“Kids will learn the basics of first aid, search and rescue procedures, fire prevention and suppression, everything a cadet would learn,” said SAFYMCA Chief Executive Officer, Damon Colaluca. They’ll even learn how to cook a meal at the firehouse, one of the un-official basic requirements of the job.
The Junior Firefighters Camp will be offered the week of Aug. 3 through Aug. 7. The camp is open to YMCA members and program participants. Financial assistance is available.
The SAFYMCA offers an exciting variety of summer camp experiences for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. All YMCA camps focus on the development of the four core character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Kids who sign up for summer camp before June 1 will get a free camp backpack.
For more information, call the SAFYMCA at (626) 359-9244, or visit the website at www.safymca.org.