Texas

The Concho Valley Safety Day Camp for Youth is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at Angelo State University's Management Instruction and Research Center.

The event is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Progressive Farmer Magazine. Space is limited to 125 attendees, and pre-registration no later than May 10 is recommended. Campers should be in the third (currently) to eighth grades.

The Management Instruction and Research Center is located on Grape Creek Road north of San Angelo off of US Highway 87.

Brandon Asbill, Extension 4-H and youth development agent in Tom Green County and the camp's chairman, said safety rules are overlooked until an injury occurs. He said many "accidents" can be prevented with a bit of preparation and safety training.

"We want to equip children with the basic safety information they need to recognize and react positively in a dangerous situation," Asbill said.

"The curriculum is applicable to any youth, urban or rural, who spends time outdoors. We'll address everything from safety around farm equipment to bee and other insect precautions. There are no other youth safety programs available in our part of the state that offer the number of topics we do. The day will be fun and packed with plenty of action."

Campers will be divided into small groups which rotate through eight safety sessions. Breaks for snacks, lunch, prizes and information on how to remain safe on the farm and at home will be included in the schedule.

Individual pre-registration is $8 through May 10 and $12 from May 10 to June 1, if space is available. The fee covers snacks, lunch, prizes and a T-shirt. Parents are encouraged to attend the opening and closing general sessions.

For further information and to pre-register, contact the Extension office in Tom Green County at 325-659-6525 or the Extension office in Runnels County at 325-365-5042.

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