Camps offer days of activities
Summer has officially begun. The Jacksboro Swimming Pool opened June 1 and day camp season is underway.
STOMP hosted its Xtreme Challenge Camp June 3 through 7 in which 21 campers ages 11 to 15 from Jacksboro, Perrin and Bryson had the chance to learn all about the jobs Jack County’s emergency responders do.
They participated in hands-on learning from Emergency Medical Services and were certified in CPR and First Aid. Learned more about how Jacksboro police and firemen do their jobs including trying their hands at dusting for fingerprints and using thermal imaging to determine fire behavior.
They learned boating safety and tooled around Lake Jacksboro in kayaks. Later in the week they took on team building challenges including a wheel chair and crutches obstacle course to learn about challenges faced by those who are physically impaired.
At the sheriff’s office, campers tested their motor skills where drunk goggles and toured the booking area of the law enforcement center.
Evan Walker, 11, of Jacksboro, said he most enjoyed learning about leadership.
“I’ve learned to listen to other people before you decide to do something without asking others,” Walker said. “It makes people trust you more.”
Kaylie Sherrin, 12, of Bryson, said she found the training on how to help a choking infant surprising.
“You hold them with one arm and hit their back,” she said.
Jacksboro’s Rayann Conner, 12, said she found the Stop the Bleed training interesting.
“I’ve seen in on TV before, but I’ve never done it until Tuesday,” Conner said.
Jack County AgriLife Extension hosted its first round of 4-H day camps with Science and Outdoor Camp June 5 for the younger campers and June 7 for the older.
On Wednesday, June 5, 11 campers learned about boating safety with Game Warden TJ Tweedle, smoking cheese and making seed bombs.
Campers also learned about trapping from Nathan Robinson and Scott Townley including how varieties of steel traps and different possible anchoring systems work.
The 4-H day camps will continue through July. Campers do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. Coming up are craft camps, cooking camps and more. For more information, call the extension office at 940-567-2132.