Safety Town Camp Postponed to July 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and in the interest in the safety and well-being of the children, volunteers, staff and their families, we have postponed the Safety Town camp to July 2021.  Please check back for July 2021 camp dates!

Thank you for your interest in Safety Town – Santa Clarita.

Safety Town is a one-week, 3 ½ – hour day, safety education summer program.  Safety awareness is introduced to young children (ages 4½ to 6 years) in an age appropriate, fun, and secure environment.  Safety Town is a child-size city that will be assembled in the school’s multipurpose room, with traffic light, street and stop signs, striped walkways, crosswalks and streets.  Under the guidance of California credentialed teachers, a safety education specialist, trained youth volunteer counselors, and local community safety professionals, 60 or more children will learn and practice essential safety skills they will use in their everyday lives – at home, at school, in the community and in the future.  Through group lessons, guest visits from local community safety professionals, songs, lessons, multimedia, crafts and pedestrian/driver role play, the program teaches children to evaluate “safe” from “unsafe” situations.  Topics include:

  • Earthquake Safety & Disaster Preparedness

  • Fire safety

  • Emergencies / Dialing 9-1-1

  • Water Safety (pool, ocean, lake, river)

  • Personal Safety / Stranger Danger

  • Bicycle / Scooter / Skateboard / Wheels Safety

  • Pedestrian Safety

  • Vehicle and Passenger Safety

  • Playground Safety

  • Animal Safety

  • Drugs / Medicine Safety

  • Internet Safety

On each day of the camp, children are visited by safety professionals from community agencies; they talk and give demonstrations to the students.  Local agencies have included, the

Daily, parents receive safety topic information, their children’s safety arts/crafts, and school materials; at camp’s end, parents receive an assessment of their children’s learning of safety rules and skills and those needing continued reinforcement.

Check back in February 2021 for Child and Youth Volunteer “Counselor-in-Training” applications!

Opportunities for Youth Volunteers

Make a difference in a young child’s life!  Youth volunteers are needed to serve as “Counselors in Training” (CITs).  CITs aid and teach safety education to young children, and earn community service hours.  CITs must be mature and responsible youth who are willing to work daily with 2 – 3 children, ages 4.5 to 6 years of age.  CITs assist with safety and injury prevention instruction, craft projects, playground activities, Town Time, and modeling of appropriate safe behavior.  CITs are team players.

CIT Qualifications:

Volunteer applicants must be students entering 8th – 12th grade (13 to 17 years of age) who are mature and positive role models.  CITs must genuinely enjoy being with children and have an interest in their safety.  While this program is intended to be fun for both children and volunteers, a CIT’s role is to take responsibility as volunteer seriously, and to conduct oneself in a responsible manner.  It is essential that a CIT is a team player, shows respect to others, and is a positive role model.  Because each child will rely on his/her CIT, it is imperative that the CIT attend every day.  Other guidelines of the program will be outlined at a mandatory 2-hour CIT Orientation, to be held at the Wiley Canyon Elementary School on Friday, July 10 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

For more information about youth volunteers (CITs), contact:

Stephanie Molt, CIT Coordinator
Phone:  (661) 904-2540

Download: Youth Volunteer (CIT) Forms and Info here.

Youth Volunteer – (CIT) Application Form
Youth Volunteer – (CIT) Info Sheet and FAQs
Youth Volunteer (CIT) Recruitment Flyer (post at your school – in classrooms, bulletin boards, group meeting sites, youth faith centers)

For more information about Safety Town, contact:

Susan Russell, Executive Director, Safety Town – Santa Clarita
23890 Copper Hill Dr. Suite #249
Valencia, CA 91354
(661) 306 4414
or contact:
Carmen Gilmore, Asst. Director, Safety Town – Santa Clarita

Thank You!

We would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their support of our program through grants, sponsorships and donations.
A special THANK YOU to our Premier Donors — the Santa Clarita Automobile Dealers Association and Valencia Auto Center.

Be a Safety Town Sponsor or Donor!

To become a Safety Town sponsor and/or make a donation toward the purchase of Safety Town snacks, camp supplies and equipment while earning important tax benefits, please contact:

Susan Russell, Executive Director
Safety Town – Santa Clarita
(661) 306 4414
23890 Copper Hill Dr. Suite #249
Valencia, CA 91354

The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation is an IRS-designated Public Charity. Tax ID 46-4800950

Photos from Safety Town

Safety Towner – Ready to Roll!

Applauding their Brave Fire Fighters

Hi Fives for our Fire Fighters

Crawling under the Smoke (grey fabric)

California Highway Patrol

Making friends at snack time










Our Optimist Volunteers Make the Snacks Each Day!

Canyon Country Optimists (left to right): Linda Celaya, Jesse Toral, Vivian Lawrence

Safety Arts & Crafts


Playground Safety

Town Time




Learning from The American Red Cross about Disaster Preparedness and Earthquake Safety

Santa Clarita Valley Transit – Getting on the bus

Guide Dogs of America and Service Dogs

U.S Forest Service



This little girl’s brave fire fighter and his rig!

A Safety Town Fire Station – Thanks Hotel Precision Interiors

Trying out some Firefighter gear

Driving in Safety Town

  Campers with California Highway Patrol Officer

Learning to cross streets safely


Firefighter in full gear


Camper with Counselor and SCV Sheriff patrol car

Campers with Smokey Bear

Campers with Santa Clarita Transit