COCA Prevention Adventure Kits (PAK)

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The 5-week Prevention Adventure Kits are free to Berks County camps and summer programs, beginning June 28 and running through the week of July 26. Kits are for children ages 5-12.

About COCA’s Summer Prevention Adventure Kits

For the summer of 2021, the Council on Chemical Abuse is providing participating Berks County summer camps, playgrounds and programs with FREE weekly Prevention Adventure Kits. The kits are designed to teach children ages 5 through12 valuable prevention lessons through fun stories, games and activities. Each week, children hear a story about COCA’s mascot Courage the Lion. Every story will teach a lesson about a prevention topic including: vaping, medication safety, refusal skills, marijuana and mindfulness. After listening to the story, children will participate in a game, activity or craft that incorporates elements of the story and lesson.

How it works

COCA will provide summer camps and participating programs with:

All materials are provided FREE to Berks County camps and programs.

How your camp or summer program can participate

Contact Paige for more information or to register for the program.

 

 


Contact
Paige Carroll

Click here to email Paige Carroll today. You can also call
(610) 376-8669 - EXT. 126

 

Click here to read a sample story from Courage’s adventures

Click here for a sample of an activity


About Courage's Adventures in Prevention Stories

Week 1 - Vaping: Courage Visits Poppi

In this session, we meet Courage and learn a little bit about him. In his first adventure, Courage rides his bike to his grandmother, Poppi’s house. On the way, he sees a group of kids inhaling something that’s not a cigarette. Poppi explains that the kids were vaping, and discusses the risks of vaping with Courage. Together they decide to make t-shirts with information about vaping. Activity: Campers design their own t-shirts on a paper printout. One lucky camper will have their design transformed into an actual t-shirt for our mascot Courage to wear!

Week 2 - Medication Safety: Courage's Walk in the Park

Courage takes a walk to Drug Free Park where he sees his friends are being offered something that looks like a Tic Tac mint, but is actually a pill. Together, the friends discuss the importance of medication safety. Activity: A candy vs. medicine matching worksheet. Can participants tell the difference between various candies and similar looking medications?

Week 3 - Refusal Skills: Courage's Independence Day

Courage is excited about his new-found independence when his mother allows him to ride his bike to the mall with a friend. But temptations arise, and Courage must use the refusal skills he has practiced at home in order to refuse peer pressure. Activity: Children help Courage decide what refusal skills he should use at various points in the story.

Week 4 - Marijuana: A Birthday Adventure with Courage

Courage is excited about going to his friend’s 13th birthday party, but soon after he arrives, someone offers him marijuana. Courage finds the courage to remind his friends about the dangers of smoking marijuana. Activity: Campers play Bingo using words from the story.

Week 5 - Mindfulness & Tobacco-free Air: Courage Visits Breathe Easy Beach

Courage is worried about the summer ending. When he visits Breathe Easy Beach with his neighbors and Poppi, he learns some mindfulness practices to help him relax. He also sees a sign for Young Lungs at Play and learns why it’s important for beaches to be tobacco-free. Activity: Participants make their own glitter jars, which can help them feel settled when they are overwhelmed.