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Turning Up the Heat

Who: Fifteen high-school aged Girl Scouts are challenging themselves physically and mentally as they exercise, train and work alongside female firefighters, paramedics and policewomen.

National statistics report that women make up only 4.6 percent of firefighters and 20 percent of law enforcement professionals, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is partnering with female first responders to provide girls an opportunity to experience up close the life of a first responder, explore a potential career path, and connect with female mentors.

Camp Fury STL is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s residential, first responder immersion camp created in partnership with several local fire and law enforcement departments. This action-packed, six-day, five-night camp is the first of its kind in the Midwest. During this experience, the high-school aged Girl Scouts will participate in a number of essential first-responder trainings including an aerial climb, rappelling, a simulated target practice and conflict resolution. In addition to the trainings, the girls will hear from several esteemed guest speakers who are breaking gender barriers in agencies. Speakers include Col. Sandy Karsten MSHP, Kristina Schmidt / Secret Service, Katie Weigand / Metro West Fire Protection District.

When: Overall camp runs from Sunday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 4 ending with a graduation ceremony at 4 p.m.
Where: Camp Tuckaho, St. Charles County Emergency Communications, St. Louis Fire and Police Academy in Wellston and the St. Louis County Police Department.
Why: Eastern Missouri female first responders spend the week building girls of confidence, courage and character introducing them to careers in what has traditionally been male-dominated fields.