Media Release - Camp Ignite – Getting Young Women Fired Up about Fire Fighting
Monday, May 16, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011 – North Shore: The three north shore municipalities want girls to know more about becoming a fire fighter. Sponsored by the fire departments of the North Shore, with support from the YWCA Mentorship program, Camp Ignite will be an empowering experience for girls in grades 10 - 12 (age 15 - 18). Run by female firefighters, the camp includes an introduction to firefighting, health and nutrition seminars, fitness and team building activities and includes meals and accommodations.
Carla Penman, District of North Vancouver fire fighter and Camp Ignite coordinator says: "Camp Ignite is an opportunity for both female firefighters and the girls. We hope to inspire and empower young girls so that they know there are no limits to what they can do. It doesn’t have to be firefighting, it can be anything. Being a firefighter is rewarding and challenging, so we are excited to introduce young girls to our profession while building confidence and having fun."
West Vancouver Fire Chief Jim Cook says, “We are happy to provide the necessary resources to make this camp happen. It’s a great opportunity for participants, but also for our firefighters to give back, inspire youth and be mentors to young women in West Vancouver.”
North Vancouver City Fire Chief Barrie Penman says, "The City of North Vancouver's Fire Department is a proud participant of Camp Ignite. This is a unique opportunity to introduce young women to potential careers in fire fighting and an ideal setting for them to be mentored by the impressive female fighters and role models in their community."
The camp runs from August 5 – 7, 2011, and the deadline to apply is June 2. To apply, interested participants are encouraged to talk to their school counsellors or drop by any fire hall for an application. It’s a competitive process so be sure to convey your passion.
District of North Vancouver
District of West Vancouver
City of North Vancouver