In 2011, we launched our first ZAC Camp – designed to provide children access to professional swim instruction, and important lessons regarding water safety. The success of the pilot camp served as a stepping-stone for our 2013 national partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which brings ZAC Camps to Clubs in more than 10 states across the country.
ZAC Camps teach children to swim and be safe in and around pools and open water areas. We’ve partnered with a variety of local outreach programs including Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs, as well as the National Red Cross, local police and fire departments, EMS, as well as Olympic swimmers, U.S. Congressmen, and other celebrities.
In addition to our partners, we work with local and national media outlets on water safety stories involving the camps to increase awareness and education beyond the camp site.
ZAC Camps, open to 5 to 9-year-olds, are composed of three primary educational stations: classroom instruction, swimming lessons, and interaction with First Responders that work together to teach children the ABC and Ds of water safety – adult supervision, barriers around water, water safety classes, and drain safety.
We have worked with educators to create a camp curriculum devoted to teaching the ABC and Ds of water safety. Each child is given a copy of The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim, a water safety book authored by the Foundation’s founders Karen and Brian Cohn, and spends their classroom time learning valuable reading and writing skills, while advancing their knowledge of water safety.
Children partake in swimming lessons that are specially designed for their swimming levels. Qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards lead each lesson and teach basic swimming, self-rescue skills, and create a benchmark for a lifetime of mindfulness around all bodies of water in every class.
Children learn how to be safe in a potential water emergency from those who know best – their local First Responders. At the Camp’s “Touch A Truck” station, local firemen, police officers, EMS, and the Red Cross let campers experience first hand what it is like to be in an ambulance, police boat, fire truck, and police car, while teaching them vital skills that can help save lives in the event of a water emergency.
The curriculum and programming for the ZAC Camps, including press materials, are designed to allow for the program to be replicated throughout the country and world. For more information about ZAC Camps or to learn how to sponsor a camp in your community, write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested in being a part of one of the 10 ZAC Camps being held in 2013, please contact your local Boys & Girls Club facility for registration information.
We’ve collaborated with some of the best community organizations across the country to bring water safety education to parents, children and lawmakers. We know that there are many exciting partnership opportunities and we are constantly exploring new methods to bring water safety programs to your community. As we continue to focus on the Foundation’s commitment to promoting safety in and around the water, we look forward to nurturing new and existing partnerships.
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Thank you to our partners:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
American Red Cross
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Greenwich, CT Fire and Police Departments
Greenwich, CT Emergency Medical Services
Carver Center of Port Chester, CT
Rye County Day School
Westport, CT Fire and Police Departments
Westport, CT Emergency Medical Services
Wheeling, IL Park District
Wheeling, IL Fire and Police Departments
Wheeling, IL Emergency Medical Services
Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches
Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County
Guatemalan-Mayan Center of Palm Beach County
International Pool & Spa Expo
World Aquatic Health Conference