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Girl Scouts “reset” the first responder community


Twenty-one eastern Missouri G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM are immersing themselves in the third annual Camp Fury STL, a Girl Scout Resident Camp experience. For six-days, five-nights, these bold, high-school aged Girl Scouts will be executing building searches, rappelling, learning controlled bleeding tactics, extinguishing live fire and climbing 95-foot ladders.

Camp Fury STL
is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s first responder camp created in partnership with several local fire and law enforcement departments. This action-packed camp was the first of its kind in the Midwest and inspires girls to push themselves out of their comfort zone to take the lead and overcome fears. For returning attendee, Mackenzie, Camp Fury STL has been a vital experience that she recommends to any girl considering a career as a firefighter or in law enforcement. Having identified her career trajectory early in life, Mackenzie recently became a certified nursing assistant and has enrolled in the local Respond Right EMS Academy program. After she becomes a paramedic, she then plans to become a firefighter. This is Mackenzie’s third Camp Fury STL and for her, seeing other women working in a male-dominated field has been extremely aspirational.

“Camp Fury STL has showed me that no matter your height, size or weight you can do it,” she said. “This isn’t just for men. Women are slowly starting to take over and we can do it just as well, if not better, than men. There are so many female firefighters who aren’t of average height and they go out and do their job every day.”

Media is invited to attend camp at the St. Louis Fire and Police Academy for the following activities:

  • Rappelling
  • CPR/Bleeding Control
  • Extinguishing Car Fire

These activities will take place Thursday, June 27 between 8 am-12:30 pm.

St. Louis Fire and Police Academy
1266 Sutter Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63133-1934