Tween Trauma Camp Introduces Cool Careers


If you've spent time around kids in their middle school years, you know tweens already know drama. Now they're learning to respond to trauma at a unique summer camp.

Working together, teens man the fire hose. It's a lot of firepower for a kid, seeing what life is like under the helmet.

"A day in the life of a fireman," Ethan Province says is what attracted him to Tween Trauma Camp.

He said, "You have to be a team leader so you can come home with everybody else with you, and maybe bring home someone that was in the fire or broke something to the hospital safely without getting more hurt."

Open to kids from 8 to 14, they're learning from firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.

Firefighter Mike Eytcheson said, "We do help people on the worst days of their lives and we can make an impact to save a life, or make something better out of a bad situation."

But for all that life-saving stuff, there's the not-so-glamorous side like rolling hoses, or answering calls in the middle of the night.

Eytcheson said, "It teaches a lot of hard work, team work, we still emphasize the good moral character needed to do this job. This is one of the most trusted and respected jobs in the world. Takes a special kind of person to do this."

Kids like Taylor Devries are trying to decide if it's something they're interested in.

"Maybe like EMT stuff," the Trumbull teen said.

They see smoke and flames up close. The pros constantly communicate, looking out for each other. It's something they impressed upon the kids.

"They may have been very nervous, shy, and quiet when they came in, but within 30 minutes, they were working together as a team. That's when they realized what it's going to take to have fun this week," Eytcheson said.

Ethan is a return camper, coming back for the second year at Central Community College, saying it was a great experience.

"Yes, definitely."

All that fire gear gets hot, especially on a summer day. There's no pool at this summer camp, but the kids all came home drenched from the fire hoses.

Learn more about the tween camps here.