Camp 911 teaches children safety, CPR

Campers learn important lessons that could save lives

DETROIT – Camp 911, which is gaining popularity in neighboring communities, is teaching children important lessons, including how to save lives.

Campers are learning everything from wearing safety helmets to how to perform CPR.

Ella Aikens, a Camp 911 student, feels like she's an expert when it comes to helping someone who might be in trouble.

"You would first look around the surroundings and then you would ask if they were OK," Aikens said. "Then you would see if they were breathing. Then you would call 911 and start CPR."

Every student practices how to do CPR. Camp organizers play a little music to make it a fun learning environment.

"That was ‘Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees," paramedic Eric Williams said. "(We're) bringing a whole new generation back to disco."

Camp 911 teaches children easy yet vital information that could help save lives. 

"Everybody thinks that it'll never happen to them," Williams said. "Nobody goes through life expecting bad things to happen."

Jason Trojan, the program's coordinator said the camp is a great way to prepare children for the unexpected.

Trojan said the program is free and the information will be useful for a lifetime.

"You'll be prepared in an emergency situation," Trojan said. "If they have some of this basic knowledge, they're going to know what to do."

The camp also hosts guest speakers. A Michigan State Police sergeant explained to campers the duties of being on a bomb squad.

After talking about safety, CPR and bombs the children receive certification awards that say they're qualified to help in emergency situations.

The camps are offered across Metro Detroit and Trojan said they fill up fast. They're offered throughout the summer and the two-day class is free.

The Camp 911 list of dates and locations is available here.