To help fill the spring break for kids—and parents—the Kelowna & District Safety Council has a full roster of fun and educational safety programs planned for kids ages 8 – 12 in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
In addition to its ever-popular Babysitter Training Course, Home Alone, and First Aid for kids, KDSC has added a new program calle A Girl’s Way.
Open to boys and girls ages 10 and up, five Babysitters Training Courses ($60) are scheduled.
Kelowna courses are on March 16, 18, and 23, and the West Kelowna course is on March 26. Each course runs 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kids aged 8 to 10 can take the Canada Safety Council’s three-hour Home Alone ($40) course on March 17 and 25 in Kelowna and March 19 in West Kelowna. Kids will learn, among other things, about house keys, what to do when feeling scared and demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency and how and when to call 911.
KDSC is also offering the Canadian Red Cross’ First Aid Courses. Level 3 ($35) is targeted to 8 to 10 year olds and Level 4 ($45) is targeted to 10 to 12 year olds. Courses will run March 17, 20, and 25 in Kelowna and March 19 and 27 in West Kelowna. As Home Alone and First Aid are half-day courses, some are scheduled so that participants can take both courses on the same day, with a supervised lunch hour.
KDSC executive director Tania Meyer said, “After polling our 10 and 11 year old students last year, we were really surprised to discover that 90 per cent of them had already been babysitting or at home alone—and that’s prior to having any training or knowledge about staying safe in those situations. So it really shows how important these courses are.”
A Girl’s Way ($45) ran as a pilot course in December and it has been brought back as an expanded program. Girls may make unsafe decisions based on low self esteem, so this course, geared for girls ages 10 to 12, aims to strengthen healthy relationships and foster self-respect while bringing an awareness of setting personal and online boundaries as they enter their teen years. Courses will be held on March 14 and 24 in Kelowna, and space is limited. A handout for parents is included.
All Kelowna courses will be held at KDSC (395 Hartman Rd., across from the YMCA in Rutland) and West Kelowna courses will be held at the Super 8 (1655 Westgate Road). All courses include a student manual and graduation certificate, and the Babysitter Training Course also includes a babysitter’s tote bag and a wallet card.
Easy online registration is available through the appropriate course page on KDSC’s website at www.kdsc.bc.ca.