Registration is now open for Fort HealthCare’s annual Camp 911 event. Camp 911 is a one-day interactive program offered twice in the summertime and focuses on safety, health and wellness for children that are entering grades 4-6 in the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Registrations are based on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited to 70 participants in each session. Campers should register to attend only one date – either Wednesday, June 14, 2017 or Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The program is only for children and runs at Fort Memorial Hospital (611 Sherman Avenue East in Fort Atkinson) from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Campers will continuously be accompanied by event staff throughout the day. The cost is $25.00 and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, supplies, and lunch.

After opening activities, interactive learning sessions will cover a variety of topics, including fire safety, bike safety, outdoor safety, being safe at home, mindfulness, stress management, information about the dangers of drugs, Hands Only CPR and basic first aid instruction, when to call 9-1-1, nutrition and healthy eating information, and a visit from the Jefferson County K-9 Unit and the Medflight helicopter. Included in the day is also physical activity with Fort HealthCare Athletic Trainers and the Railyard Obstacle Course, yoga for kids, karate and self-defense (August session only, instructed by Sensei Patricia Bolton of IMOK, LLC), as well as an Activity Fair that includes putting together components of a first aid kit that children will get to take home (sponsored by Nasco), an event day T-shirt that children will get to decorate and keep, as well as several refreshments throughout the day and a healthy lunch.

Melanie Kutz, RN and Camp 911 organizer says, “The purpose of this event is to give children the skills and confidence they need to protect themselves and react safely in emergency situations, and also to help them focus on health and wellness in their daily lives. With the help of several individuals and participating community agencies each year, we feel proud to be able to achieve the program’s goals every year. And the kids – and parents – give us feedback that the time spent with us is well worth it.”

There are several community partners and Fort HealthCare staff that make Camp 911 possible. Current sponsors include Wetzel Builders, LLC; Kutz Dairy, LLC; Tomorrow’s Hope; Fort HealthCare; Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation; Nasco International, Inc.; IMOK, LLC; and AW (Anne Wanke).

Registration If you are interested in having your child participate in one of the Camp 911 dates offered, you may register online at FortHealthCare.com/Camp911 and will also need to download, fill out and bring the photo release consent form that is available on our website on the day of the event. The program cost is $25 per child for the entire day (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and includes an event day T-shirt, supplies, snacks and lunch. Questions may be emailed to Wellness.Advisor@forthc.com or call the Fort HealthCare Community Health and Wellness Department at 920-568-5475.

Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, it is our goal to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life, while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long term basis. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Children speak with Robert Stine of the Fort Atkinson Fire Department during one of the many different informational sessions about safety, health and wellness offered at Fort HealthCare’s annual Camp 911 event for children. Leading the group is Camp 911 staff member, Paul Schuppner, DO, an orthopaedic surgeon with Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates.