In continuation of a national partnership dedicated to bringing water safety education to the communities that need it most, national water-safety organization, The ZAC Foundation has selected The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Aldine Westfield Boys & Girls Club, 2600 Aldine Westfield, to host the Foundation’s award-winning ZAC Camp for a third year through its grant program.
Since it began, ZAC Camps have taught more than 10,000 children and families the importance of water safety nationwide.
ZAC Camp at Aldine Westfield
The 2017 Greater Houston ZAC Camp will host campers Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Open to campers, family, and friends, the ZAC Camp will conclude with a special award ceremony that will take place at 12:00 p.m. on June 29 with special invited guests from the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Office of Congressman Gene Greene, Safe Kids representative Cynthia Stubbins, Galveston Beach Patrol, Coast Guard, among others.
If you would like to register for ZAC Camp at Aldine Westfield, please call 713-695-3388.
What is ZAC Camp?
ZAC Camp – named in honor of 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn who drowned as a result of being entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain – is part of year five of a national partnership initiative undertaken by The ZAC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring lifesaving water-safety skills to thousands of Club members (aged 5-9) across the country.
The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Aldine Westfield Boys & Girls Club was selected through a rigorous application process and chosen based on its commitment to advancing water safety locally.
What does ZAC Camp offer?
The ZAC Camp program combines in-pool swimming lessons, safety classes with First Responders, and classroom curriculum based on tenets of water safety taught in a children’s book co-authored by Zachary’s parents – The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim. By week’s end campers are equipped with critical tools to lead them on the path to safe swimming, including: fundamental stroke training, emergency preparedness and response, and basic lifesaving techniques. The ZAC Foundation will also donate a copy of the book to each camper, allowing campers to spread the messages to friends and family.
Importance of Water Safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause in children 5-14. Risk of drowning is highest in minority populations with the fatal drowning rate almost three times that of Caucasian children.
In Texas, drowning has claimed the lives of 38 children in Texas thus far in 2017, with most occurring in a pool. Many of these deaths are preventable if proper water safety measures are taken. ZAC Camps aim to reduce these statistics through community engagement and education.
About The ZAC Foundation
The ZAC Foundation was established in 2008 by Brian and Karen Cohn after the loss of their 6-year-old son Zachary Archer Cohn in a pool drain entrapment in their backyard swimming pool. Through education and advocacy, the Foundation has educated more than 10,000 children and their families on the importance of water safety and is dedicated to continue preparing more for a lifetime of water safety. To learn more about The ZAC Foundation, connect with us on Facebook and thezacfoundation.com.