Eugene Springfield Fire camp helps young women find confidence

The camp is designed to teach local high school girls everything they need to know about fighting fires.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 5:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The annual Women’s Fire Camp put on by Eugene Springfield Fire is underway and nearing its end.

The camp is designed to teach local high school girls everything they need to know about fighting fires. However, fire officials said it’s also about so much more: it's about finding confidence and leadership, learning to work in a team and learning to chase what you want.

"Even if they don't choose to go into fire, or EMS, or police work, it's such a great camp to teach leadership and teambuilding, and all of those great skills,” said Sophie Tomczyk with Eugene Springfield Fire.

The girls said this message has been really inspiring to them, and they feel like they’ve learned so much from this camp.

"We're still trying to figure out where we fit in, and they're here telling us that we can fit in wherever we want, and I think that's really helpful for me,” said Carsen Callegari, one of the campers.

The girls also said they were absolutely pushed to their limits, and they never knew how strong they could be.

"Being pushed by the staff and being able to see my strengths and to see that I can do anything I want to,” said Adri Lee, another camper.

Fire officials said this is always a rewarding experience, and it’s even better when some of their campers decide to be career firefighters.

The week consists of leadership and teamwork activities, fire and EMS training, repelling off of buildings and putting out fires, and so much more.

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