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Madison College, with activities also held at University Hospital, American Family Children's Hospital and the Regional All-Climate Training (REACT) Center in Camp Douglas.


The fee is estimated to be $250 per camper, but will be reduced if grants and donations are received. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per camper is due ASAP to reserve a spot. The registration deadline is June 12. Priority will be given to teams accompanied by an advisor, although individuals may be accepted through an interview process. The registration fee includes lodging, meals and snacks throughout the week, busing, educational materials and other items provided. READY can assist with fundraising efforts to help support attendance, and also has a limited number of scholarships. Please submit a letter requesting a scholarship.

For more information:

Contact Mary Erschen at

2017 READY Camp flyer (pdf)

The Responding to Emergencies And Disasters with Youth (READY) initiatives prepare youth with skills that will assist in preventing injuries; developing skills in planning and leading the identification of vulnerable situations within their school, home, and community; building skills that will aid in initial response to emergencies and disasters until additional help arrives; and assist with recovery efforts. READY initiatives also offer activity-based learning and challenges using the incident command system through leadership development and outdoor ropes courses. This learning approach provides youth with positive experiences that allow them to make positive choices when faced with high-risk situations.

The education is guided by state and federal mandates and meets citizen preparedness objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Wisconsin Homeland Security Program strategies. Instructional modules include emergency preparedness, emergency response organization, fire safety, injury prevention, certification in American Heart Association (AHA) first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillation (AED). Search and rescue techniques, emotional health and promotion of resilience and community involvement area also included.

Youth are involved in additional learning experiences that include completion of hazard assessments which creates awareness of vulnerabilities; orientation to public service careers, highlighted by tours of the University Hospital Trauma Center and demonstrations by air medical personnel, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services (EMS), military operations and emergency management; and presentation of community resources are conducted to assist youth in accomplishing emergency preparedness service learning projects.

These educational programs are currently implemented through a five-day READY camp experience for middle and high school students. Teachers, parents and other community organizations recruit teams of teens to attend and serve as READY Camp advisors. Teams then return to their community to develop organized events and activities within their school and community.

The READY Camp, which will be held June 19-23, is a collaboration between the UW-Madison Police Department, UW Health/American Family Children's Hospital Emergency Department, Med Flight and CHETA Critical Care Transport Teams and Madison College.