Camp teaches kids the tools to protect themselves

More than 70 kids learn how to protect themselves from harm.
More than 70 kids learn how to protect themselves from harm.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A summer camp taught kids self-defense in case they ever need to escape a dangerous situation.

About 70 kids took part in the West Lafayette Police Department’s radKIDS camp. The five-day camp taught kids how to protect themselves from strangers and also taught safety tips, such as poison control and firearm safety.

West Lafayette Police Sgt. Cindy Marion said it’s important that kids learn how to keep themselves safe.

“We tell kids so often not to be rude to people, not to be rude to strangers, and to do what adults tell them. All adults aren’t always safe, so we give the kids permission to say no, if it’s not a safe situation,” said Marion.

This year marked the 10th year for the free camp.

Sgt. Marion said the camp has grown so much, they may offer more than one camp a year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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