ZAC Camp stresses importance of water safety

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ZAC Camp stresses importance of water safety

Thanks to a generous grant from The ZAC Foundation, the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club hosted a four-day ZAC Camp, providing nearly 100 members with important water safety lessons. The importance of Camps like the one hosted in August cannot be overstated: Three children die every day as a result of drowning. To help prevent these tragedies in our community, the ZAC Camp instilled six essential concepts in more than 100 youth during the week, including the importance of barriers that restrict access to water, drain safety and emergency preparedness.

The Davis Club’s ZAC Camp also connected Club members with local first responders to inform youth about their role in emergency situations, such as professionals from the Cudahy Fire Department, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Coast Guard. The ZAC Camp participants also completed several activities that spoke to the use of life jackets and the dangers of water activities in cold weather, for example. By offering these lessons in the safety of our Clubs’, our youth are more informed and have the skills to stay safe near any body of water.

The ZAC Foundation was started in 2008 by Karen and Brian Cohn in honor of their 6-year-old son Zachary, who passed away the year prior due to a water incident. Since its inception, the foundation has worked to strengthen pool safety legislation and education across the country. We’re grateful to have worked with The ZAC Foundation to bring life-saving water safety instruction to our Club members! Check out TMJ4’s coverage to see the ZAC Camp in action!