Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety
The mission of the C.H.A.M.P.S. program is to provide an educational program for Georgia’s youth, which provides guidance, and the skills, ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy, and happy, in preparation for a successful life. Today’s students face dangers older generations could not have imagined. C.H.A.M.P.S. was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association to address these urgent challenges.
C.H.A.M.P.S. is taught by one of the School Resource Officers of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office who is also a certified C.H.A.M.P.S. instructor. The program is presented once a week for twelve weeks (or longer). It is currently directed to educate fifth graders, but it is the goal of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to eventually extend the program to cover middle and high schools. The purpose of the program is to address many of the dangers the students may encounter in their lives.
Some of the topics discussed in the C.H.A.M.P.S. program include:
- Leaders & Followers
- Choices & Consequences/Positive Alternatives
- Internet Safety
- Home Alone
- Child Abduction Safety
- Hunting/Firearm Safety
- Peer Pressure
- Water Safety
- C.H.A.M.P.S. Project (Essay/Poster Contest)