Everyone's favorite safety camp and kids' funfair is back. The fourth annual Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is set for Saturday, September 12.
A free outdoor event that provides safety, health and first aid training for children of all ages, Camp Bandage - Grand Lake will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grand Lake RV Resort on Grand Lake O the Cherokees.
Open to the public, Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is a family-friendly day that teaches children of all ages to put safety first and how to be ready in case of an emergency.
A number of groups and organizations will be on hand during the event to educate and demonstrate a wide variety of safety topics in a fun and diverse environment.
During Camp Bandage, children will learn about safe outdoor recreation, water safety, health, first aid, weather, fire safety, injury and substance abuse prevention and more. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with first responders from the Grand Lake area, including fire, police and EMTs, as well as explore helicopters, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, patrol boats, cranes and a fireboat.
Once again, the events finale will be a mock car crash demonstration by Grand Lake area law enforcement and first responders. The mock crash allows those watching to learn how emergency responders conduct rescue efforts in real-time and see what their jobs entail. Organizers say the demonstration will also teach families, especially young children, about the dangers of drunk driving.
In addition to the many safety classes, demonstrations and hands-on activities, the fun will also include karaoke, dancing and games.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, everything is free at Camp Bandage - Grand Lake, including admission, prizes, hot dogs and drinks. Beginning at 10 a.m., T-shirts will be given away to the first 500 children who arrive at Camp Bandage.
The Grand Lake safety camp and kids funfair is an off-shoot of Camp Bandage - Broken Arrow, which was started in 1983 by Dr. A.L. Gerner and his wife, Shirley. An annual event for more than 30 years, Camp Bandage was designed to educate the community of how common accidents and injuries could be prevented.
Over the years, the Broken Arrow event has grown and expanded its focus to include all aspects of safety and disaster preparedness. Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is an extension of that growth.
Vince Scoufos wanted to do a safety event on Grand Lake because so many youngsters were driving golf carts, etc., said Kurt Klein, director of Camp Bandage - Broken Arrow. He was familiar with our event and approached me about doing something similar. My goal would be to have three or four events around the state, so I was happy to welcome them under our Camp Bandage umbrella.
According to Klein, the event Vince and Ed Ferguson with GRDA developed is like the original, just in a different location. He also notes that Camp Bandage - Grand Lake has grown a lot faster than he thought it would. One reason, Klein said, is that each year more and more exhibitors from Broken Arrow are choosing to also attend the Grand Lake event.
Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is now organized by Grand Nation, a nonprofit grassroots coalition that has been serving the Grand Lake area since 2012.
A community outreach project of this magnitude fits right in with our existing substance abuse prevention program, GaDuGi, said Jennifer Hinson, Grand Nation executive director.
For instance, were trying to promote Responsible Recreation on the lake. Camp Bandage - Grand Lake teaches kids about being safe on the water and being safe at home. Its an obvious platform where we could impact 500-plus kids in one day. That was an opportunity we didn't want to pass up.
Camp Bandage - Grand Lake will once again be hosted by Grand Lake RV Resort at 31527 South 4510 Road, Afton, Okla., on Duck Creek.
Camp Bandage is an awesome safety program for kids with lots of activities for learning, said Dianna McIntyre, owner and operator of Grand Lake RV Resort. We thoroughly enjoy it and think its a wonderful experience.
If you would like to attend Camp Bandage, be a vendor or volunteer, visit CampBandage.org/GrandLake or the Grand Lake Camp Bandage Facebook page for more information.