Police Events and Camps
** Eugene Safety Town 2020 July 13th – 17th & 20th – 24th **
(Registration Dates Unknown At This Time Due To COVID-19 Coronavirus)
Coronavirus Information- This virus has been in the news every day and on the minds of many of us. At the top of this page you will notice a banner related to the Coronavirus. It should appear on all City of Eugene website pages right now. Clicking on the banner will take you to this link: Coronavirus, which takes you to Lane County Health’s page. Lane County is keeping this page current and updated with information related to this virus. There are other links on their page to the Oregon Health Authority, the CDC, etc. Our current plan is to have our Safety Town Camp in July and if anything changes, there will be a message on our website and social media pages. Your child’s health and safety are always our top priority, as our standard practice at camp (even when there isn’t a virus looming), is to sanitize during program rotations.
Safety Town is an incredible two-week comprehensive educational program, that introduces pre-kindergarten children to safety awareness. Children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2020 are eligible to attend this summer camp (sorry, no exceptions). Safety Town is an important experience to help children prepare for their transition to a formal school environment and to make safe decisions as they spend more and more time apart from their parents. This program covers topics such as pedestrian safety, traffic safety, bicycle safety, gun safety, water safety, fire safety, personal safety, poison prevention, school safety and much, much more! A certified school teacher provides most of the instruction and is supplemented by community experts and police department staff.
- Creating An Account/Registration: You are encouraged to create an account with Eugene Rec now (if you haven’t already done so: Create Rec Account/Register. If you have an account, make sure the information is current), which will prepare you to register for Safety Town when registration opens. The link above also gives you the ability to register for other City of Eugene Rec programs. For those unable to register online, Eugene Rec Centers will be able to assist with registration. Visit Eugene Rec for ways to register.
- Registration dates are not known at this time. Please watch this page, the Rec page in the link above under "Create Rec Account/Register" and our social media for updates. Eugene residents who meet certain requirements may qualify for a scholarship: Safety Town Scholarship Online Form. Printable Scholarship Form. The online form is the preferred method for submitting scholarship requests.
- Camp is Monday through Friday only, two consecutive 5-day weeks, July 13th – 17th & 20th – 24th (you must commit to attend all 10 days to register).
- Camp will be held at Prairie Mountain School, 5305 Royal Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402.
There are two Sessions to choose from and you will only register for one Session:
- Session 1 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or Session 2 - 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Once registration opens, a waitlist will be generated for those unable to secure a spot for their child in camp. You will be contacted if a spot opens, so no need to reach out about the status. Since our camp is very popular and very few withdraw, we don’t typically get the opportunity to utilize the waitlist.
- Springfield also has a Safety Town camp, which is happening July 13th – 24th, the same dates as our camp. Online registration for their camp opened March 15th: Springfield Safety Town
Questions about Eugene Safety Town camper registration should be directed to Jeff Blonde’ at 541-682-8332 or Email.
- What if my child can’t attend camp? Are resources available? Many resources are available to parents both on the web and at your library. This document is a list of daily topics at Safety Town with some website references to help you get started: Safety Town Daily Topic Resources for Parents
Teen volunteers (ages 13-19) act as camp counselors. This is a fun and educational experience for teens. Training is provided and this is a great way to earn community service hours, required at most high schools. Teen applicants undergo an interview and background process. Teen recruitment is now open and will close on May 30th. An information flyer can be accessed here: Teen Information Flyer and the application can be accessed here: Teen Application. Questions about teen recruitment should be directed to Harlow Meno at 541-682-5642 or Email.
Donations & Sponsors:
Are you interested in making a donation or being a sponsor for Safety Town? Please contact Jeff Blondé at 541-682-8332 or Email.
Eugene Safety Town 2018 Camp Video is available here: