Camp Spotlight: Safety Town Camp at Newtown Youth & Family Services

By Meghan Friedland, Publisher/Editor, Macaroni KID Greater Danbury, CT March 1, 2024

Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will hold Safety Town again this summer, a one-week interactive safety education program developed to teach important life-saving lessons on strangers, traffic, fire, pedestrian, poison, drug, playground, bus and water safety. All safety topics are taught in collaboration with local community and health agencies. Safety own is for kids entering kindergarten and first grade in Fall 2024.

Safety Town combines classroom instruction and the use of a miniature town designed to provide a complete hands-on experience. The miniature town has a fire house, police station, library, and even features the historic Newtown, CT flag pole. Within this town, there are working traffic lights, crosswalks, bicycle lanes and signs which create an environment for children to practice what they have learned through constructive play. Each day features a visit from a local community or health agency including one of the local Fire & Rescue Departments, the Newtown Police Department, Porco’s Karate Academy, Newtown Ambulance and All-Star Transportation Bus Company.

Safety Town will also conduct water safety at the Newtown Community Center. On four of the five camp days, campers will be transported to the community center for swim and water safety lessons.

Parents and caregivers have four weeks to pick from when enrolling their rising kindergartner. 

Week 1: July 8 - 12
Week 2: July 15 - 19
Week 3: July 22 - 26
Week 4: July 29 - August 2

Camp hours are from 9:00am to 1:15pm. Campers will need to bring their own lunch. The cost for Safety Town is $150. Registration information can be found at Questions can be directed to Madison McColl, at or (203) 270-4335.

NYFS began running Safety Town in 2013 and is a replica of the nationally recognized program founded in 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio by policeman Fred Boals.

About Newtown Youth & Family Services
NYFS is a youth service bureau and mental health clinic for children, teens, adults and seniors.  For over 35 years, NYFS has been committed to providing high quality human health services to promote individual and community wellness. Specialized services include: outpatient individual, couples and family counseling, substance abuse treatment services, Autism and social skills programs, prevention initiatives and support groups. Learn more about NYFS by visiting