Camp Courage‘, The First Responders Society is an incorporated non-profit company established by firefighter, Andréa Speranza, in January 2006, for the purpose of introducing young women aged 15- 19 to careers as first responders primarily paramedics, police officers, and firefighters. The camp aimed at providing information, education, inspiration and opportunities to experience the physical demands, thereby providing a better idea of what it takes to act in these roles. The ultimate goal was that the young women will leave with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to believe that they can achieve any goal, career or dream they desire.


The camp is 100% free. In order to be accepted into camp the candidate must write an essay on one of two topics. The first is how they can improve someone else’s life that is less fortunate. The second is how they can improve their Community. Instead of paying cash they have to do what they say in their essay. The only limitation is their imagination.