Spring is a Mix – Summer’s Next
By Briana Sullivan
Four Valleys Community School
April is nearing an exciting close and on our calendar, summer plans are in print. FVCS’ summer programming is both full and diverse. Fitting in classes and adventure camps will be a breeze if your time frame is narrow or a fun challenge to choose your combinations for registering. From Fossils and Geology to Field Sports, youth can sign up to participate in such themes as wilderness skills, hike and exploration, or art and Yoga.
Twelve featured camps compose our Adventure Summer Camps schedule. Visit FVCS online or find a packet at the office to learn which weeks can fill your summer with adventure, learning, and exciting time outdoors in Girdwood. The prominent Summer Soccer, Summer Playground, and Girdwood Fine Arts Camp for varying ages complete the list of options – until they reach capacity.
A great introduction to rock climbing as well as an opportunity for capable climbers to gain skills will take place at the new Alaska Rock Gym. Sat., May 4 for ages 6-13 is the date for supervised belayed climbing. Gear is included.
Paddling classes with experienced local instructor Brian McGorry will begin soon. Check the schedule online for a nearby opportunity to gain or improve paddling skills.
The hunter education course is back on May 28 and taught by local instructors Megan Nedwick and Guy Wade. This hunter education course provides training in firearms safety, wildlife conservation, and respect for our natural resources, landowners, and fellow hunters. Graduates receive a lifetime certification recognized by all states, Canadian provinces, and Mexico.
Wilderness First Aid and CPR
When you understand first aid, you’ll gain the ability to help those in need. If you have one of the Dfence First Aid Kits then you will be equipped with all the necessities. Classes below are perfect for those seeking skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with medical emergencies at home or off the grid. May 17 is a class only for students enrolling in Wilderness First Aid, held May 18-19. Wilderness First Aid is a 16-20 hour course that meets certification requirements of the American Safety and Health Institute and follows the course guidelines of The Wilderness Medical Society. This is a great introductory course in Wilderness Medicine for trip leaders, hikers, boaters, backcountry skiers, hunters, and anyone who works or plays away from quick access to standard emergency care.
For students seeking a conventional First Aid and CPR Course, one is being offered May 2. The Adult and Child CPR/AED course from The American Health and Safety Institute prepares students to recognize and treat cardiac and breathing emergencies according to the most recent American Heart Assoc. CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care Guidelines. In conjunction with Basic Wilderness First Aid, this course will meet state and federal workplace requirements as well as prepare students with skills and confidence to care for medical emergencies, until more advanced medical responders arrive.
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