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City of Hastings hosts annual safety camp

A crash course on bike safety included proper ways to ride and the use of helmets. Kids check their brakes before a ride. (Star Gazette photo by Noura Elmanssy)1 / 4
Dakota Electric, a sponsor for the camp, gave a class on electrical safety and the dangers of electrocution. (Star Gazette photo by Noura Elmanssy)2 / 4
Kids learn basic karate skills during a self-defense class. Self-defense was one of the many safety classes offered at the camp. (Star Gazette photo by Noura Elmanssy)3 / 4
The Rosemount fire safety house simulates a house fire so youth can learn what to do when smoke starts filling a room and how to safely get outside. (Star Gazette photo by Noura Elmanssy)4 / 4

The City of Hastings held its annual safety summer camp for children on Wednesday, June 22.

The camp, sponsored by Dakota Electric Association, invited children from third to fifth grades to learn about various types of safety, including electric safety, outdoor safety, self-defense and many more.

The camp was held in partnership with the Hastings Police and Fire departments and local organizations such as Dakota Electric, National Karate, Hastings Community Education, Hastings YMCA and Carpenter Nature Center.

Paige Marschall, recreation program specialist for the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department, said that the camp has been held annually for the last 11 years and is a chance to give kids “a good overall feel for all aspects of safety.”

“(The purpose of the program is to) invite the community youth to experience safety camp within their own town,” Marschall said. “Feel comfortable meeting police and firemen, have experience with the K-9 unit.”

For $20, kids received a T-shirt, snacks and lunch while attending various classes on safety. The camp was held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hastings High School.