What if a real Zombie Apocalypse occurs?
Would local youths be prepared to save themselves and their families?
If they attend the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2018 Spring Break Camp, they will be ready for every imaginable emergency — including, but not limited to, an invasion by zombies.
Parks and Rec staff members came up with the idea for a Zombie Apocalypse emergency preparedness theme for this year’s camp after
Hurricane Irma blew through the area last September, leaving the county in a state of emergency, said Recreation Program Specialist Christopher Evans.
“We thought a camp about emergency preparedness and disaster situations might be useful and relevant,” he said.
“I’ve always been a fan of zombie stuff, and I remembered that the Centers for Disease Control released guidelines for what to do in case of a zombie outbreak.” Evans said, “The guidelines themselves were intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time contained valuable information that can be used in any disaster. So, we took that theme and ran with it.”
“The core activities of the camp will revolve around a game called Humans vs. Zombies,” Evans said. “It’s basically a glorified game of tag, where one group of zombies try to tag a group of humans who can neutralize the zombies with NERF guns, or become a zombie once they’re tagged.”
Other activities — such as compass navigation and making a bait trap to catch fish — will teach survival and emergency preparedness skills, Evans said. Survivors will also be taught various activities that can be done even when the power is out, he said.
“We are also working with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, who will provide speakers to talk about emergency preparedness and even deputies to teach gun safety using the NERF guns,” Evans said.
The four-day affair will be held March 26-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, at the Beverly Hills Community Building, at 1 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills.
Camp capacity is limited to 30 “survivors,” ages 11 to 14 years. There is a $35 registration fee, which covers costs and materials, including a NERF gun — the Zombie Apocalypse survivors’ weapon of choice. Participants will also get a Parks and Rec Zombie Camp Bandana, and may take home any crafts they choose to make during the camp, Evans said.
Registrants will need to bring a lunch each day, which can be stored in refrigerators, he said.
Registration for the camp can be done three ways:
- Online at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks.
- By calling the parks and recreation office at 352-527-7540.
- In person, at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto, Monday thru Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.