Youth Preparedness Camp

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FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 high-school aged youth representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska will be selected to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Washington in August 2019. This will be an engaging and empowering way for teens to learn about and practice emergency preparedness. There will also be a variety of exciting leadership opportunities, team building, and of course, traditional camp activities to ensure for a fun week for all.

Developed under a youth engagement concept, this six-day, five-night camp, hosted and staffed by camp and emergency management professionals will teach students how to safely assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when the professional response may be delayed or limited. Subject matter experts and local emergency responders will support the curriculum delivery and introduce participants to various emergency response professions. As part of the camp program, youth participants will identify and develop a concept for a give-back project where they will utilize their skills to improve preparedness in their communities.

The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council, made up of high-school aged youth from all four states, will participate in the camp, and help lead their peers throughout the week.

Potential Give Back Projects for Youth Preparedness Camp Participates

  • Support community events and engage with local community leaders
  • Volunteer with a Community Emergency Response (CERT) team or drill, help with moulage
  • Present on You are the Help Until Help Arrives to peers and/or community members
  • Start a club in school or in the community, such as a Teen Community Emergency
  • Response Team (CERT) program, Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program, or Red Cross Club

Funding, Travel & Logistics

For those selected to participate, FEMA will fund youth participants’ travel costs. It is critical that participants do not make any travel reservations on their own, for FEMA staff will assist with the pre-departure travel voucher process and ensure all required documentation is collected and submitted. Parents/guardians will need to submit a signed waiver allowing their child to travel un-chaperoned. The waiver complies with camp guidelines, keeping safety the focal point of the entire experience. Lodging and meals are included in the camp. Transportation to/from the SeaTac airport to/from the camp will be provided by FEMA staff.

Selected participants will receive a welcome packet, covering camp rules/policies, communication/emergency contact procedures, expectations, and a recommended packing list.



  • Entering 8-12th grade in fall of 2019
  • Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington
  • U.S. Citizen

Where: Stanwood, WA 98292

When: August 18 – 23, 2019

How to Apply

Provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Grade entering in fall 2019
  • City
  • State
  • Availability August 18 – 23, 2019
  • Special accommodations (i.e. dietary, physical, mobility, etc.)

Answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to attend this camp? What do you hope to get out of the experience?
  2. How did you hear about the Youth Preparedness Camp?
  3. Have you been involved in any emergency/disaster preparedness activities or trainings? If so please explain. (If not, that’s ok, you’ll still be considered! Everyone starts somewhere.)
  4. What about disaster preparedness interests you?
  5. How would you like to help your community get better prepared? Some ideas include volunteering with a CERT, volunteering with your local American Red Cross, or starting a preparedness club.

Submit your application by the March 15th deadline to

For further information or questions, please contact Ilyssa Plumer – or 425-487-4943.

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