Delaware State Fire School to host girls’ emergency services camp

On Aug. 10-12, the Delaware State Fire School will host 60 teenage girls, ages 13 to 17, from around the region who will gear up for the second annual Camp Fury Delaware. Camp Fury began 10 years ago in Tucson, Ariz., and was adopted last summer in Delaware.

During its first summer in 2017, CFD hosted 42 campers and 40 staff members for a weekend of learning and gaining friendships. Though Camp Fury remains a shared name and a similar foundation with the one in Arizona, Camp Fury Delaware has expanded beyond a focus of firefighting activities.

This year, organizers have lengthened the original two-day day-camp format, to a three-day and two-night overnight camp to involve many more areas of emergency service activities, exposing the young campers to other related career pathways that could quickly become their singular passion.

“We have a well-rounded team of all female staff from a variety of emergency response-based professions around our state, including representation from emergency medical services (BLS and ALS), law enforcement, emergency management, hazmat technicians, department of corrections, fire fighters (career and volunteer), fire marshals, the National Guard and Armed Forces,” organizers said.

“Our dedicated and professional staff will hold discussions with campers and train them in new directions as they experience hands-on application through numerous activities. These young women will gain self-confidence and leadership skills, as well as meet others with similar interests focused in the field of emergency response.”

Camp Organizer Sarah Davis Highberger said, “While we continue to encourage young women to challenge themselves and each other, we provide a safe and supportive environment to inspire having fun through a high energy, exciting weekend! We love that Camp Fury Delaware is a non-traditional summer camp and thankfully, holding non-traditional careers is what we do best!”

Highberger said she and her team of staff are aware that not every camper may grow up to begin an emergency services career, but she said, “The underlying values embraced at camp are to always encourage campers to do their best, try their hardest and never give up on their goals.”

However, the camp has already become so popular within the state that the 60-camper limit was met almost two months before the final application deadline. But they will continue to accept applications for the waiting list and hope to expand even more next summer.

To learn more, find Camp Fury Delaware on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.