Camp Ignite in North Vancouver
You don’t necessarily need to be considering a career in firefighting to have a blast at Camp Ignite this summer.
According to District of North Vancouver firefighter Carla Penman, the point of the camp, which is open to girls Grades 10-12, is to introduce participants to the firefighting profession while building confidence and having fun at the same time.
All three North Shore municipalities and fire departments, along with the YWCA mentorship program, have joined to sponsor the camp which is designed to give young girls a fun, empowering and educational experience.
The four-day, three-night camp curriculum involves various fitness and nutrition classes, the basics of firefighting and the equipment used, as well as CPR training. As well, participants will be shown all the different specialty careers in firefighting to show them the possibilities available in the field.
The camp is run entirely by female firefighters.
“We are happy to provide the necessary resources to make this camp happen. It’s a great opportunity for participants, but also for our firefighters to give back, inspire youth and be mentors to young women,” said West Vancouver Fire Chief Jim Cook.
The camp runs from August 9 to 12.
With help from sponsors, there’s no cost for the camp and all meals and accommodations are included. Applications will be accepted starting June 2, and forms can be found at all fire halls, school counseling offices and online at campignite.com.