The annual Kid's Safety Camp conducted by Steele County agencies is canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a news release on the Owatonna Police Department website, the announcement was made. "After some very careful deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Steele County Safety Camp."

The camp is typically held for students from across the county that have completed third grade. Children would spend one day at Lake Kohlmier learning safety lessons on fishing, swimming, camping, boating, and other outdoors activities from a variety of agencies. Owatonna Parks and Recreation staff, Boy Scouts, and Gold Cross Ambulance have assisted in the past.

The other day of the camp would focus on bike, fire, and electrical safety with local fire departments and police officers providing the course. Usually the State Patrol would have a helicopter on display. Over 200 children usually participate.

In their announcement canceling the event, officials stated, "The Steele County Safety Camp Board believes this is the responsible action to take in an effort to keep everyone safe...The health and safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, staff and community remains our top priority."

"We know this news is very disappointing, and all of us feel the same, but we know that this decision is for the best." The news release indicates that sponsors will receive a letter in the next few weeks with options for those that have made financial contributions.

They also note that the preparation involved in organizing the event does not leave postponement as an option.


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