Fire fighting camp for girls

Maple Ridge teens camp apply at Fire Hall No. 1 on Dewdney Trunk Road.

The next intake for four-day Camp Ignite is underway.

The next intake for four-day Camp Ignite is underway.

Teenage girls wanting to spend a week this summer learning how to be a firefighter, the time to apply is now.

The next intake for four-day Camp Ignite is underway. The deadline is June 3, but could be extended.

Up to 20 female high school students from across Metro Vancouver will be accepted in the sixth annual fire fighting camp, which is free.

Girls in grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to apply online to be part of the mentorship program. Along with application forms, candidates are required to write a 500-word essay about their “personal hero.”

Housed at Simon Fraser University during the week of Aug. 11 to 14, participants will learn about fitness, nutrition, health and teamwork. They’ll also learn from the professionals about how to battle blazes and put on life-saving gear.

They will also take part in a search, organized for the last day at the Justice Institute in Maple Ridge.

Lodging, meals and activities are included.

“It’s a great opportunity for young girls to get a little taste of fire fighting,” said Mary Foster, with the Maple Ridge fire department and a camp director.

She added that the camp is about mentorship and empowering girls: “You can do anything. The sky is the limit.”

Video evidence: http://youtu.be/-yjTNn5BsBg.

• Apply online at http://campignite.com/, or drop forms off at Fire Hall No. 1 in Maple Ridge, 22708 Brown Avenue.