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Legionville registration open for summer

Legionville, a school safety patrol camp located on North Long Lake in Brainerd, has opened registration for this coming summer. Owned and managed by the American Legion, Department of Minnesota, supported financially by AAA, The Auto Club Group,...

Legionville, a school safety patrol camp located on North Long Lake in Brainerd, has opened registration for this coming summer.

Owned and managed by the American Legion, Department of Minnesota, supported financially by AAA, The Auto Club Group, with classes run by the Safety Education Officers of the Minnesota State Patrol, Legionville provides an experience for children looking to learn lifelong safety habits.

In addition to school safety patrol classes, campers learn pedestrian, bus and water safety, first aid and have a full camp experience.

The camp begins June 19 and runs seven weeks through Aug. 12. Cost is $275 per camper. Campers are typically between ages 10-14 and are usually entering fourth, fifth or sixth grade.

"Legionville's safety patrol campers learn a tremendous amount of information about keeping themselves and elementary students safe while crossing roadways and exiting buses," Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Minnesota State Patrol, said in a news release.

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"Since the nationwide advent of AAA's School Patrol Program in 1920, millions of boys and girls have served and since that time, the casualty record among children ages 5 to 14 has improved significantly, with patrollers having played an important role in this achievement," said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs of AAA-The Auto Club Group.

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