To continue the remarkable legacy of 6 year old Zachary Archer Cohn, who drowned in a drain entrapment in 2007, the ZAC Foundation has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay and the Greater Green Bay YMCA to bring the Foundations’ award-winning ZAC Camp to more than 100 local 5-9 year olds through its grant program. The ZAC Camp program combines in-pool swimming lessons, safety classes with First Responders and classroom curriculum. By week’s end, campers are equipped with critical tools to ensure safe swimming including: fundamental stroke training, emergency preparedness and response and basic lifesaving techniques.
The ZAC Foundation worked closely with educators to create a classroom curriculum devoted to teaching the ABC and Ds of water safety and authored The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim a colorful water safety children’s book authored by the Foundation’s co-founders Karen and Brian Cohn.
Club Members turn into campers for the week and spend their classroom time learning valuable reading and writing skills, while advancing their knowledge of water safety. The Foundation also encourages discussion after camp at home by sending each child home with “homework.” Assignments are intended to initiate dialogue amongst parents and siblings that are not attending our camp and to share critical safety tips.
Each ZAC Camper learns from and receives a hardcover copy of The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim to take home following their time at the ZAC.