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Mark Your Calendars, Camp Bandage Returns to Grand Lake, June 5

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Camp Bandage - Grand Lake gives children of all ages the opportunity to meet and interact with first responders from the Grand Lake area, as well as explore fire trucks, helicopters, police cars, ambulances and patrol boats. A member of the Air Evac Lifeteam gives a group of youngsters a look inside one of the team’s helicopters during a previous Camp Bandage - Grand Lake. (Photo courtesy of Grand Splash Marketing and Grand Nation)

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Grand Lake area law enforcement and first responders put on a mock car crash demonstration during the 2019 Camp Bandage - Grand Lake. (Photo courtesy of Grand Splash Marketing and Grand Nation)

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A pair of youngsters learn about the importance of flotation devices and boating safety from a Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) lake patrol officer during a previous Camp Bandage - Grand Lake. This year’s event is Saturday, June 5, at Grand Lake RV Resort on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. (Photo courtesy of Grand Splash Marketing and Grand Nation)

Fourth annual safety camp and kids’ fun fair

is free and open to the public.

Everyone’s favorite safety camp and kids’ fun fair is back. The fourth annual Camp Bandage — Grand Lake is set for Saturday, June 5.

A free outdoor event that provides safety, health and first aid training for children of all ages, Camp Bandage - Grand Lake will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Grand Lake RV Resort on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

Open to the public, Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is a family-friendly day that teaches children of all ages to put safety first and how to be ready in case of an emergency.

A number of groups and organizations will be on hand during the event to educate children and demonstrate a wide variety of safety topics to them in a fun and diverse environment.

During Camp Bandage, children will learn about safe outdoor recreation, water safety, health, first aid, weather, fire safety, injury and substance abuse prevention and more. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with first responders from the Grand Lake area, including fire, police and EMTs, as well as explore helicopters, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, patrol boats, cranes and a fire boat.

In addition to the many safety classes, demonstrations and hands-on activities, the fun will also include karaoke, dancing and games.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, everything is free at Camp Bandage - Grand Lake, including admission, prizes, hot dogs and drinks. Beginning at 10 a.m., T-shirts will be given away to the first 500 children who arrive at Camp Bandage.

The Grand Lake safety camp and kids’ fun fair is an off-shoot of Camp Bandage - Broken Arrow, which was started in 1983 by Dr. A.L. Gerner and his wife, Shirley. An annual event for more than 30 years, Camp Bandage was designed to educate the community of how common accidents and injuries could be prevented.

Over the years, the Broken Arrow event has grown and expanded its focus to include all aspects of safety and disaster preparedness. Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is an extension of that growth.

Camp Bandage - Grand Lake is organized by Grand Nation, a nonprofit grassroots coalition that has been serving the Grand Lake area since 2012.

“A community outreach project of this magnitude fits right in with our existing substance abuse prevention program, GaDuGi,” said Jennifer Hinson, Grand Nation executive director. 

“For instance, we’re trying to promote Responsible Recreation on the lake. Camp Bandage - Grand Lake teaches kids about being safe on the water and being safe at home. It’s an obvious platform where we could impact hundreds of kids in one day. That was an opportunity we didn’t want to pass up.”

Camp Bandage - Grand Lake will once again be hosted by Grand Lake RV Resort at 31527 South 4510 Road, Afton, Okla., on Duck Creek.

“Camp Bandage is an awesome safety program for kids with lots of activities for learning,” said Dianna McIntyre, owner and operator of Grand Lake RV Resort. “We thoroughly enjoy it and think it’s a wonderful experience.”

If you would like to attend Camp Bandage, be a vendor or volunteer at the event, visit CampBandage.org/GrandLake or the Grand Lake Camp Bandage Facebook page for more information.

ABOUT GRAND NATION

Grand Nation is a nonprofit grassroots coalition that has been serving the Grand Lake area since 2012. An umbrella organization for a number of different programs, Grand Nation joins families seeking a better life with the resources and community organizations that can help them achieve their goal. Located at 123 S. Wilson, in Vinita, Grand Nation serves the communities of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, including Vinita, Grove, Jay, Afton, Ketchum, Langley, Miami, Bluejacket and Spavinaw. The phone number is (918) 276-2192.

ABOUT CAMP BANDAGE

Camp Bandage was started in Broken Arrow by Dr.mmon accidents and injuries can be prevented. For more than 30 years, businesses and organization A.L. Gerner and his wife, Shirley, in 1983, as a one-day event designed to educate the community on how cos across the community have come together each year to teach children everything from injury prevention, first aid and CPR to bike, water, fire and home safety. Each year, the Broken Arrow Police and Fire departments are on hand to simulate responding to a car accident in order to educate the community on how emergency responders work together.

MEDIA CONTACT

Jennifer Hinson

Executive Director, Grand Nation

www.GrandNation.org

jennifer-hinson@grandnation.org

(918) 276-2192 office

(918) 256-2193 fax

(918) 915-0236 cell

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