Fishing skills

Radford Sheriff’s Office offers life skills camp for K-12 kids

RADFORD, Virginia. – The Radford Sheriff’s Office Kids’ Skills Camp is back for a second year. This is a camp designed for kids in grades K-12 that strives to teach them skills they don’t normally learn in school.

The Sheriff’s Office will spend the weekend of August 19 with campers teaching them basic home improvement skills, such as reading a tape measure and using different tools.

They will also learn how to change a flat tire and what to do in an emergency.

One of the most popular parts of the camp is the archery and fishing portion, where children will learn how to tie a fishing lure and cast a fishing rod.

The Sheriff’s Office will focus on teaching campers how to interact with the fire department and EMS to teach them first aid. They will even organize a fictitious roadside check so that the children know how to react if they are stopped by the police.

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“One of the cool things about this camp is not just that we teach them these life skills, but it’s a two-day camp,” said Sheriff Mark Armentrout of the Radford Sheriff’s Office. “On day one we teach them those skills and interactions, and then on day two we have competitions, much like the Survivor TV show, using the skills and interaction techniques that we taught them.”

The winner of each competition will receive a special prize. Last year, more than $4,000 in prizes were awarded to contest winners.

In addition to skills and competitions, there will be special guest speakers at the camp. Former NASCAR driver Kerry Earnhardt will speak and teach life lessons. Earnhardt will also help with the archery skills portion of camp.

Last year, more than 100 students participated in this camp. This year, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to welcome a hundred campers again.

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Armentrout said he wanted to teach children skills they can bring into their daily lives.

“My dad and I have always been committed to home improvement and things like that. I learned through him how to do things, how to fix things. I know a lot of kids aren’t exposed to that and it’s funny because some parents come up to me and say you should have a parent’s corner and teach me how to do some of these things.

If you wish to register, click here. Registrations must be done before July 22.

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