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June 5, 2024

Mid-State to host public safety summer camp for 6–12th graders

June 5, 2024

Mid-State Technical College, in collaboration with Marshfield Fire and Rescue and the Marshfield Police Department, is offering a new Public Safety Exploration Camp on Thursday, July 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Marshfield Campus. 

This camp is designed for those entering grades 6–12. Camp attendees will learn first-hand what it is like to work in public safety through hands-on activities with Marshfield Fire and Rescue firefighters as well as Marshfield Police Department police officers.

“I am very happy that Mid-State Technical College provides us with the opportunity to participate in this awesome program,” said Jody Geurink, Marshfield Police Department chief. “Many kids have a strong interest in public safety. Events like Public Safety Exploration Camp help to keep that fire fueled, and hopefully helps to build a strong workforce in public service for the future.”

“People in public safety have a sense of community service, know how to work as a team, have problem solving skills, have resilience and are community role models and leaders,” said Jody Clements, Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department fire chief. “As parents we want the best for our children, and this opportunity will expose more children that may have never even thought of this as a career to learn more about what we do.”

“Being exposed to what we do in protective services can change lives even if they do not choose our career,” added Clements. “Our future depends on the next generation of helpers.”
"Not only will this camp be a lot of fun with hands-on activities, but campers will also learn about local public safety careers and how they can get started in high school,” said Dr. Alex Lendved, Mid-State dean of Marshfield Campus and School of Applied Technology. “Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend the lunch and learn session of the camp to learn about Mid-State and how they can help their student get started while in high school.”

The camp fee is $45 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available to cover camp costs. Shuttle service will be provided for free from the Adams, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids Campuses. Parents and guardians are invited to the lunch and learn session of the camp for $8.

Learn more about Public Safety Exploration Camp, including the scholarship application, shuttle information and registration at mstc.edu/public-safety-camp.