Free radKIDS camp teaches kids tools to protect themselves

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – “Resist Aggression Defensively.” That’s the theme behind the radKIDS summer camp, a free camp where children learn how to protect themselves and get out of dangerous situations.

“The radKIDS camp is kind of like a physical education camp. We’re not just telling them what to do, we’re telling them and showing them. We’re letting them practice it [self-defense,] so there’s muscle memory. It’s an active camp. The kids learn how to take care of themselves, how to protect themselves. The program has gotten kids away from abductors throughout the U.S,” West Lafayette Police Sgt. Cindy Marion explained when she was a guest on News 18 This Morning.

Campers are given scenarios, like what to do if a stranger approaches you. Sgt. Marion said the more kids practice these situations, the quicker they will react in a real-life situation.

“If you practice how to react and give kids the information, they’ll know what to do,” Marion explained.

The camp is designed to empower children to be able to say “no” to adults that they don’t know. Marion said this is especially important because for the most part children are taught to obey adults, and that’s the last thing a parent would want in a child abduction scenario.

The camp is free and runs from Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25 at the White Horse Christian Center on Cumberland Ave. in West Lafayette. Sessions for kids 5 to 7 are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sessions for kids 8 to 12 are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents will need to fill out three forms for the child to be admitted into the class. They can be found here. Once completed, forms can either be emailed to Sgt. Marion at camarion@westlafayettepd.us, mailed to WLPD at 711 W. Navajo Dr. in West Lafayette, or dropped off at the records desk at WLPD.

For more information, parents can email Sgt. Marion or call her at 765-775-5225.

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