CAmP Day with Public Works
October’s Field Trip was all about Public Works and how they keep our city running. We started with a presentation from Dan Smith where we learned overall facts including the 600 miles of stripes and 1770 lane miles of roadway the city maintains in Springfield. After the overview we heard a presentation from Urban Forestry about the importance of trees in our community and planted a tree as part of our CAmP experience that will be there for many years. Next it was time to break into small groups and start our rotations. In each station we were able to learn about a specific part of Public Works and experience a part of their day. In the Backhoe station Joshua showed me how to use his backhoe and how precise he needs to dig with this massive machine to avoid all the important pipes and lines in the ground already there. I then had a chance to dig my own hole using the machine. We then went to the Traffic Management Center where we learned how the city manages the traffic lights to enable the best flow of traffic through the city and alert emergency personnel of accidents. My last rotation of the morning was with Dump Trucks where we learned about how the city keeps the roadways safe from dangerous weather and I survived the terrifying experience of driving the large truck through an obstacle course. For lunch, the wonderful Public Works team, led by Dan Jessen, smoked some barbeque brisket and beans for us to eat and it was fantastic! After lunch, rotations consisted of riding in a street sweeper and learning about how important it is for the city to keep the roadways clean, pouring a sidewalk, and exploring a box culvert while learning about water and stream management. The day was full of learning experiences and I was fascinated with all the many things the Public Works team does to help our city every day. Many thanks to Ron Bailey and the entire Public Works team for an outstanding day!
CAmP Day with Environmental Services
CAmP Class of 2020 started their CAmP experience with a jam-packed day at Environmental Services. The day started with a tour of Jordan Creek. We donned our rain boots and walked up the bed learning about the history of the creek, the current state of it, and the bugs they look for to see if there is a healthy ecosystem currently inhabiting the creek. Next, we were off to the Landfill where we toured the facility and rode in very large machines. We followed that with a tour of the Yardwaste Recycling Center where we learned more about recycling, food waste, and air quality. Afterwards we took a break for a most delicious lunch of burgers, brats and homemade onion rings and French fries that the talented members of Environmental Services cooked for us! It was delicious! After lunch we participated in rotations learning about the multiplicity of things that Environmental Services does to keep our city clean and healthy. During these rotations CAmPers were able to operate machinery, use CCTV cameras, play with lots of fun equipment, and learn the nitty gritty details about keeping the sewers maintained. We ended the day with a hayride around the Southwest Treatment Plant where we learned about each step in the process of how the city cleans our water. We would like to send a shout out to Colten Harris and all the Environmental Services team for their role in making the day a success by taking time to give us a glimpse of your typical day. Thank you, it was most appreciated!
CAmP Day with Workforce Development & Graduation
July’s fieldtrip started at the Missouri Job Center where we met with the finance department, played CAmPopoly, and learned how difficult it is to balance Department’s needs when putting a City budget together. Next, we heard several presentations from various staff members at the Missouri Job Center about all the many programs they have there and how they help those in our community who are looking for a job or to increase their skills. We also took time to tour the Mobile Career Center, the Job Search Floor, and the Career Closet.
Finally, it was time for CAmP Class of 2019 to graduate from the program. City Manager Jason Gage and Mayor Ken McClure were there to congratulate the CAmPers and hand out their awards. Congratulations Class of 2019! It was so great to get to know everyone as you learned about all the different ways the City and its employees work together to help the citizens of Springfield.
Many thanks to our finance department: David Holtmann, Tammy Beeman and Nikki Crisp; our Workforce Development Team: Dennis Wiggins, Katherine Trombetta, Bill Smillie, Daniel Snyder, Sally Payne, Cindy Bennett, Jenny Lourwood, Steven Butts, Jamie Moss, Wendy Graves, and Cody Naeger; and special thanks to Julie Greer, Cara Burch, Dale Dalton and Public Works, and Chris Akins for helping with the reception. It takes so many people to make this program a success and we genuinely appreciate every one of you and the help you give.
CAmP Day with the Police Department
June's fieldtrip was all about the Springfield Police Department. We started our day with a briefing by Lt. Chris Wells followed up by exploring the various police vehicles. We were then given a tour of police headquarters and learned about the many different careers the police department has for both civilians and sworn officers. We stopped along the way and enjoyed a fingerprinting demonstration. After lunch we went to the shooting range where we took turns shooting police weapons, learning about the amazing work done by our K9 unit, and watching a demonstration from our Special Response Team.
So many people helped to make this day special for everyone. Many thanks to Lt. Chris Wells, Jasmine Bailey, Captain Tad Peters, Sgt. Jason Friend, Ofc. Matt Lilly, the K9 Team, and the Special Response Team for making the day so special.
CAmP Day at the Airport
May's fieldtrip was to the Airport. The day began with a special presentation by Brian Weiler discussing the overall vision of the airport and fascinating facts about how it is run. Afterwards we split into two groups to tour different parts of the Airport.
In a terminal tour we learned about the intentional design of the airport to reflect life in the Ozarks. We learned about how our baggage is handled and the importance of TSA employees in keeping us safe. We also were able to tour the trucks the Airport uses to keep the runway safe for the airplanes.
In the area tour we first visited the tower and learned about how these operators keep the airspace organized and safe for each airplane. We went to Premier Flight Center and learned about OTC's Aviation program and how they are training the next generation of pilots. A few campers even got the opportunity to try out their flight simulator! We toured customs and the fire house and learned the important role each of them play at the airport.
A big thanks to Al Berry, Sarah Flippo, Brian Weiler, Chuck Cowan, Eric Sanders, Chris Jackson, Robert Record, Mark Scully, Ky Neuleib, Pam Boyce and Dan Ream for making this wonderful day possible!
CAmP Day at Parks
April's Fieldtrip was to various Parks around Springfield led by Anne-Mary McGrath. We started our day at the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center where we learned about their equestrian program and got to hear from some of the riders that use their facility.
Next we went to Dickerson Park Zoo where we took turns touring the Reptile, Giraffe & Commissary areas. The campers were able to go behind the scenes and see some of the great things our Zoo employees do to keep the animals safe and engaged.
We then toured the Cooper Tennis Facility and played some rounds of Tennis. During lunch we learned more about the Springfield Lasers, Ozark Greenways, how our Park Rangers help our parks, and about ongoing outdoor initiatives.
My favorite part of the day was going to Dan Kinney Park and learning about the Miracle League and the amazing opportunities given to children with disabilities to be part of a team and play baseball.
Next we toured the Davis House and participated in an archery activity. I enjoyed seeing all the different Olympic Uniforms the Davis house had on display.
We ended the day at the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park where we toured a few of the gardens and learned about park programming.
So many people to thank for the fun packed day: Anne-Mary McGrath, Bob Belote, Matt Coats, Emma McKinnon, Joey Powell, Amanda Nguyen, Kyle Wartick, Dave LaFevers, Paul Nahon, Ranger Dave Moore, Mary Kromrey, Justin Smith, Cyrus Taylor, Jeff Cumley, Amy Francka and Katie Keith. We appreciate the time you took to teach us about the wonderful things our Parks Department does for the City of Springfield!