Thursday, March 27, 2014

Summer Camp Guide 2014

The days are warming and summer will soon be upon us. Whether you're looking for an activity to keep the kids busy, an opportunity for growth and education, or a little bit of both, our summer camps and activities listing has options for everyone! We hope to add new camps as local businesses and organizations finalize their summer program plans. Have fun out there!

The First Tee of WVCoonskin Park, Charleston
(304) 391-5000
Who: Ages 5 and up.
What: Six-week sessions, 60-90 minutes of introduction to the game of golf and its inherent values.
When: April 21-May 26, June 9-July 21, July 28-September 1, September 8-October 13, 2014; 5:30 p.m..
How Much: $50-$75/session.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Dr., Charleston & 5113 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes
Charleston: (304) 340-3527, Cross Lanes: (304) 776-3323
Who: Kindergarten - age 15.
What: Day camps; animals, science, art, adventure, dance, football, baseball, soccer, and tennis are among the themes offered.
When: May 27-August 8, 2014.
How Much: $75-$175/week.

Alpine Bible Camp161 College Drive, Mt. Hope
(800) 806-2180
Who: Ages 5-18; Family camp for all ages.
What: Week-long sleep-away and day camps with a focus on outdoor adventure.
When: Available June 2-August 1, 2014.
How Much: $126-$350/week.

Appalachian Children's ChorusOakwood Baptist Church, 855 Oakwood Rd., Charleston
(304) 343-1111
Who: Grades 3-9.
What: Choral day camp.
When: June 2-6, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
How Much: $50.

Christ Church United Methodist1221 Quarrier St., Charleston
(304) 342-0192
Who: Ages 2-6, Grade K-6 (completed).
What: Preschool and elementary day camps with after-care available at an additional cost.
When: Available weekdays, June 2-August 1, 2014.
How Much: $75-$125/week.

Lil' Bears Music Studio (Karen Morris), St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Rd., Charleston
(304) 610-7699
Who: Ages newborn-7 years.
What: Kindermusik camps for babies and toddlers. Music and arts camps for 3.5 to 7-year-olds.
When: June-July. Kindermusik camps are during the evening. Music and arts camps are mornings Monday-Friday. Please visit website for more details.
How Much: $75-$100.

Maverick Gymnastics3406 Chesterfield Ave., Charleston
(304) 925-3004
Who: Ages 2 and up.
What: Recreational gymnastics classes; eight-week session.
When: June 2-July 24, 2014
How Much: $110 for eight-week session.

Quantum Sports Center3548 Teays Valley Rd., Hurricane & 58th St., Charleston (Kanawha City)
(304) 562-1020
Who: Ages 4-17.
What: Sports day camps for various age groups and levels of expertise. Multi-sport for younger kids or more challenging and technical/specific soccer camps for older children. Quantum will also bring their Team Camp to your practice facility.
When: June 2-August 1, 2014 (one week per camp).
How Much: Non-member: $250/full day, $125/half-day per week; Member: $200/full day, $100/half day per week.

River Ridge Church,  2090 Greenbrier St., Charleston & West Teays Elementary, 3676 Teays
Valley Rd., Hurricane
(304) 347-8585
Who: Ages 4 (by June 30, 2014) - rising 6th graders.
What: Big Kick Soccer Camp presents the Gospel to kids in a fun and inviting way within the context of a great soccer camp. Great leaders, good soccer instruction, some zany characters and the truth of the Bible make for a great summer experience that participants in the past look forward to all year.
When: June 2-6, 2014 in Charleston, June 16-20, 2014 in Teays Valley.
How Much: TBD.

WVU Extension ServiceKanawha County 4-H, Camp Virgil Tate, Charleston
(304) 720-9573
Who: Ages 9 and up.
What: Week-long overnight camps featuring fun evening campfires and opportunities to learn skills including archery, cooking, arts, sports, and science.
When: June 2-6, 2014, ages 13-21; June 9-13, ages 9-12.
How Much: $200, scholarships and reductions available.

University of Charleston2300 MacCorkle Ave., SE, Charleston
Who: Ages 4-18.
What: Sports day camps: football, basketball, women's volleyball, softball, and soccer.
When: June 3-August 11, 2014 (various camps throughout the summer).
How Much: $50-$350.

Beyond the Backyard, camp held at Cabela's, South Ridge, Charleston
Who: Ages 18 and under.
What: Outdoor Adventure Camp featuring fishing, archery, hunting safety, food and prizes. 
When: June 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m..
How Much: Free.

Trinity Lutheran Church VBS, 1600 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston
(304) 342-5212
Who: All ages.
What: Vacation Bible School. Dinner served nightly.
When: June 8-13, 2014.
How Much: Free.

(304) 395-4311
Who: Ages 3-9.
What: Summer day camps: Science 101; Pirates and Princesses; Art Extravaganza; Fun with Food; and Beach Ball.
When: June 9-12, June 23-26, July 7-10, July 21-24, and July 28-31, 2014.
How Much: $100/per camp.

Revolution GymnasticsTyler Plaza, Cross Lanes
(304) 941-FLIP
Who: Ages 18 months and up.
What: Gymnastics classes, ten-week session.
When: June 9-August 15, 2014.
How Much: $80-$187.50 for ten-week session.

(304) 512-1162
Who: Grades 3-6, 7-12.
What: Three to 20-day overnight camps with a thematic focus on outdoor adventure, survival, character-building, and Christianity.
When: Various camps offered from June 12-July 9, 2013.
How Much: $79-$525.

First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston
(304) 343-8961
Who: Ages 3-5 (must be potty trained).
What: Preschool summer camps: On the Construction Site; Going to the Arctic; and Fun and Games.
When: June 16-20, July 14-18, and July 27-August 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-noon.
How Much: $75/per camp.

STEAM Academy1201 Science Drive, South Charleston
(304) 205-6611
Who: Rising 4th-8th graders.
What: Investigate careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through experiments, imagination and hands-on workshops including robotics, game and app development, roller-coaster physics, the science of sound and more.
When: June 16-27, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
How Much: $250.

St. Matthews Episcopal Church VBS, 36 Norwood Road, Charleston
(304) 343-3837
Who: Ages 4 (must be potty trained) - 5th grade.
What: Vacation Bible School. Call to register.
When: June 17-20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-noon.
How Much: Free.

Camp STEM at WVU Tech405 Fayette Pike, Montgomery
(304) 442-3247 or (304) 442-3161
Who: Rising 9th-12th graders.
What: Students will live on the WVU Tech Campus for one week and choose four STEM classes taught by WVU Tech professors. Students will also work on an engineering design project, tour a WV engineering firm, and meet with STEM professionals.
When: June 22-27, 2014.
How Much: $350 (scholarships are available).

Kanawha City Church of Christ, 5101 Chesterfield Ave., Charleston
(304) 925-7435
Who: Ages 2 years - 5th grade.
What: Vacation Bible School. Learn through songs, games, skits and stories that "Everything is Possible with God."
When: June 23-27, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
How Much: Free.

Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St., Charleston
(304) 342-7870
Who: Ages 3-12.
What: "Best. Summer. Ever.," a six week series of unique experiential learning and camp sessions. A wide variety of high-quality specialty classes and theme-week programs, including upcycling, knitting and fiber arts and children's cooking classes will be offered in two separate, but complementary camp programs led by fully-trained MMS faculty. 
When: June 23-August 1, 2014, 
How Much: $240-$400/per two week session.

River Cities Community Church, 4385 Midland Trail, Huntington
(304) 736-8917
Who: Ages 2 and up.
What: Vacation Bible School.
When: June 23-27, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-noon.
How Much: Free.

The Clay Center for the Arts & SciencesOne Clay Square, Charleston
(304) 561-3570
Who: Age 3 - 8th grade.
What: Summer Discovery Camps. Day camps at the Clay Center with various themes.
When: June 24-27, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-noon; July 8-11, 10:00 a.m.-noon; July 14-18, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.; July 21-25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; July 22-25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.; July 29-August 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.; August 5-8, 10:00-11:00 a.m.; August 12-15, 10 a.m.-noon.
How Much: $20-$135/session.

Camp Curtain Call, 123 Summers Street, Charleston
(304) 766-7923
Who: Ages 7-17. No experience necessary.
What: A theatre intensive camp for young actors and technicians. Campers work on all aspects of theatre production on and back stage with trained theatre professionals. They will have three public performances of the show at the end of camp. This year's show is "Pirates of the Caribbean - a Parody"!
When: July7-26, 2014, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Performance dates: July 26, 7:00 p.m. and July 27, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
How Much: $375, $350 for each additional child.

Putnam County Parks and Recreation1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane
(304) 562-0518
Who: Ages 3-16.
What: British Soccer Day Camps from Challenger Sports provide players of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts.
When: July 21-25, 2014.
How Much: $84-188.

Charleston Baptist Temple/New Beginnings209 Morris St., Charleston
(304) 395-4311
Who: Ages 3-9.
What: Day camps with varied themes: Pirate Treasure, Arts & Crafts, Hawaiian Luau, Animal Adventure, and Music Makers.
When: Throughout the summer, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-noon.
How Much: Call for additional information.

The Learning Center, LLC, 301 RHL Boulevard, Suite 12, South Charleston
(304) 550-3350
Who: Pre-K-8th grade.
What: Summer Learning Camps. Each camp includes two hours each day of hands-on learning activities based on the subject area of the camp. Supplies are included in the camp fee, as well as a snacks. Most camps include a field trip one day within the two week period. At the end of each camp, students have a celebration of learning and a parent showcase to "show off" what they have learned to their family members.
 When: June 9-13, June 16-27, June 30-July 11, July 14-25, July 28-August 8, 2014, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m. (option to attend both sessions with supervised lunch is also available).
How Much: $275/two weeks (20 hours), $150/one week (10 hours).
Note: The Learning Center will also offer a Spanish class for beginners on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning on Tuesday, June 10 and running through Thursday, August 7. A book club for students in grades 4-5 will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons beginning Monday, June 9 and running through Wednesday, July 9. Pricing for these classes are based on class size and will be available by calling our center.   

River City Youth Ballet4110 MacCorkle Ave., SE, Charleston
(304) 925-DANC
Who: Ages 3 and up.
What: Ballet programs and camps for all skill levels.
When: TBD.
How Much: TBD.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Call for Submissions: Summer Camp Guide

Spring and then summer will be here before we know it. Kanawha Valley Parent will again be offering our popular Summer Camp Guide to help families make plans for their children's summer activities. If your organization or business offers a summer camp for children ages 0-18, please send us the information below to be included in our free listing! Thank you!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mama Said: Give a Little Love

I've mentioned before that my husband and I are, well, resistant, when it comes to mandated celebrations of love. Don't get me wrong, we love love. We just don't love being told what to do. But wouldn't it be a shame to let spite turn me into a Valentine's Grinch? It's an annual conundrum.

So I asked the Mama Said mamas how they celebrate Valentine's Day. Do they manage to create genuine displays of love in the midst of mass marketing? Treat it like any other day? Take the traditional track? And what would make them feel truly loved and not just checked off the to-do list on February 14? Their answers inspired me to give a little love.

"I want to hate Valentine's Day. I do. But I can't help that I kind of like it. We never do anything fancy. In fact, sometimes we don't do anything. I try not to be disappointed if this happens; I never make a big deal of it either. Sometimes, Charlie surprises me with flowers, and they are always the "run to Kroger and pick up a bouquet on the way home from work" flowers. That sounds lame, but I know he means well, and I am always really excited when he does this. It may not be entirely thought out, and it's always last minute, but he always writes a simple "Love you" or something else sweet, and that is usually what means the most. Now that we have two girls, I love picking out special treats and cards for them. I will probably always do this. I remember times in high school or even college that the only Valentine I received was from my parents, and I always felt loved. I always, always, always want my children to feel loved and cherished. That said, I try to do and say things everyday to make my children feel loved, and most of my actions don't involve buying items for them. I probably should try harder to make my husband feel as loved as I do my children!"     ~ Rachel Hall

"We always make a cake or cookies, some baked good from scratch for Daddy. I don't appreciate that flowers go up 300% for that day. I'd rather a cheap bouquet from Kroger any other day of the year! I do like to get my girls a little treat bag or something small just because. And stick them in hair bows and tutus, because its an excuse to make them!"     ~ Anika Sloan

"I'm not a fan. I enjoyed it as a teenager and while we were in the dating phase. Valentine's day doesn't have any meaning for our relationship. We enjoy celebrating our anniversary. My spouse is a physical touch and words of affirmation guy. (If you haven't read The 5 Love Languages, do your relationship a favor and read it.) He enjoys letters that state how much he means to me. The physical touch should be self explanatory.

If I did receive a gift, I would want something practical or something I've had my eye on. If we are being specific to this year, I have been wanting a gym membership or the new T25 or P90x3. An appointment at the spa would be wonderful. We will do something with the kids. It won't be huge. A special dessert maybe and a small gift."     ~ Melissa Blount

"At home, Valentine's Day consists of Alexandra receiving a card and usually a gift card. Brad and I exchange cards and a small gift. He usually gets me flowers too. We have dinner out (the three of us). But this year, he and I are having a couples massage. I will let you know after if it is a good idea. At school, we do the traditional Valentine card exchange and have some sweets. Because Valentine's Day usually coincides with 100 days of school, my class also does 100 random acts of kindness each year. We make and send cards to veterans and residents of Gary Nursing Home. We collect pennies to donate to the animal shelter or if I catch someone being kind or caring, we add it to our list. I keep a large chart hanging on the wall and as something happens I write it on the chart. Parents can also send me an email or note to tell me if they have caught their child doing something kind or caring. The kids really get into achieving a goal and they beam with joy knowing they have helped."     ~ Bobbi Jo Hatfield

"Over the years (this will be our 13th V-Day together), we have celebrated in different ways. Our first Valentine's Day together, I was 14 years old. I caught mononucleosis from my brother and it caused my spleen to rupture; I spent five days in the ICU and was finally able to come home the day before Valentine's Day. I was put on home bound and told to take it easy. Well, between sitting on the couch at my house or on the couch at my boyfriends house, the 14-year-old me chose my boyfriend's. When I walked in, I saw the most beautiful two dozen red roses I'd ever seen in my life, the velvet red teddy bear and yummy chocolates. Because this was our first Valentines day together, I will always remember it like it was yesterday.

As the years passed, I don't really remember what we did to celebrate, probably the typical, steak dinner and a movie out, and Josh always buys me roses, but thankfully I've gotten him to understand that if he spends $50-$75 for flowers that are going to die in a week from a florist again, I will kill him. He's eased up and started going to Kroger for the cheaper flowers. (I'm very budget minded.) 

When when Landon was two, I woke up Valentine's Day morning to the smell of bacon. Josh had gotten up with Landon and turned off the monitor and they made me pink chocolate chip pancakes and bacon and brought it to me in bed. This is the ONLY time my husband has ever cooked. He's good at many things but he's never learned to cook. The pancakes were cold but good and the bacon was the perfect crispiness. This is the second Valentine's Day that I will always remember. The fact that my husband who doesn't cook, anything, ever, spent two hours that morning figuring out how to make pancakes and bacon meant more to me than anything I could have ever asked for. 

On Valentine's Day 2010, it was two and a half months after we had our second trimester miscarriage. We were trying to grieve and I was trying to work through all the hormonal changes. We went to Longhorn to have Valentine's Day dinner and ran into a woman that we hadn't seen in many months. Seeing that I obviously wasn't nine months pregnant, she said, "Oh Heather, did you have the baby?" She didn't know. I broke down in tears and I couldn't eat. We left. The next morning, I found out I was pregnant with Liam! So, that's a third Valentine's Day that's special to me! It seems sad, but looking back, it's not sad. It's joyous. 

Over the years, I have done little things for Josh, like back rubs. One year I gave him a box with 50 reasons why I loved him, written on little pieces of paper. I'm thinking I need to do that gift again because I'm sure the reasons why I love him are much different now than they were ten years ago. It'd probably be fun to compare them. Of course, every few V-Days I try to make a stop into Victoria's Secret for something new.

We always get the kids a little goodie or two. Maybe a little toy and a chocolate to show our love for them and we also usually have a good meal (grilled steaks or homemade lasagna) cooked from home most of the time. It's more cost efficient.

But over all, there have been a few times when Josh really knocked it out of the park (I feel funny saying "nailed it.") But I think as we grow in our marriage and as a family, what we consider "knocking it out of the park" or "nailing it" changes. I definitely prefer pure, from the heart gestures over an expensive vase of flowers, although I do love cards. I like what he writes in them more than the cards themselves."     ~ Heather Smith

"As a couple, we have never been big on Valentine's Day. And the last place you want to be in Charlotte on the day of love is a restaurant. However, I will usually cook some of our favorite meals or we will get some take out. Now that we have Conley, we get her a little something and she and I will make cookies."     ~ Sosha Lewis

"We don't really make a huge deal out of Valentine's Day. Kevin will usually get Palyn and me a bouquet of flowers from a local florist, and we exchange cards. A few years ago, we started a pizza tradition. With the kids, we try our best to make a heart shaped pizza! And I usually make Bailey his favorite, pasta salad, using heart shaped noodles. The kids really enjoy making and decorating the pizza, so we turn the music up and have a good time. We always buy the kids a little Valentine treat as well."      ~ Nikki Goodson

"Derek always gets me roses from a local florist that makes beautiful and creative arrangements. I look forward to seeing what they have put together for me every year. Sometimes we go somewhere by ourselves just for the night. We've even squeezed in a night away from home only an hour away. It was nice to go to a different restaurant for dinner and stay the night in a nice hotel by ourselves without having all
of the travel time. They usually run Valentine's specials with champagne and flowers included. Derek has this thing with planning trips. He enjoys getting good deals.

He always gets Madisen something too. He usually gets Bath and Body Works gifts baskets for both of us. This year she will get an inexpensive Pandora heart charm for her bracelet.

We also find nice sappy cards for each other. We take a lot of pride on finding a good one. Madisen even gets into it. Derek had to convince me of the value of a nice card. I'm sold now that I see all of the thought that goes into it. I also thought it was a waste to get flowers that only last for a few days, but I see the value there now too. Its nice to get flowers once a year! Mother's Day and Father's Day are reserved for outdoor plants we want from the fancy nursery. He likes plants too. Derek's parents are the same way with holidays. His parents send us thoughtful cards for every holiday with a sweet note inside, even Thanksgiving. It helps that he is on board. I'm not used to doing things that aren't all about Madisen, so it's nice that he takes the initiative. All in all, we we enjoy cheesy commercial holidays. Hallmark loves us."     ~ Carrie F.

About the Mamas

Rachel Hall is a Christian mom who enjoys living an eco-friendly lifestyle. She has two amazing daughters, Faithanna and Lily. She married her husband, Charlie, almost seven years ago and shortly after the wedding, they sold most of their belongings (including a house) and moved to Hilo, Hawaii. They came back to West Virginia to raise their children here.

Rachel works from home so she can be with her kids. She is an an independent consultant and director for Thirty-One Gifts, where she helps people find solutions that organize and simplify their lives and inspires other women to make extra income on their own time. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2005 with a BS in Journalism.

Anika Layne Sloan is originally from Ravenswood, West Virginia. She is the mother of Kahlan Avery and Lorelei Madison. Her husband, Rob, is a Captain on the Charleston Fire Department and Navigator for the West Vriginia Air National Guard. Anika graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Psychology in 2006, then a Master of Science in Community Health Education in 2008. She is currently enlisted with the West Virginia Air National Guard and works there in Base Education and Training.

Melissa Blount is a stay-at-home mother of two and has been married for twelve years to her college sweetheart. She has a degree in accounting. After college, she spent a year just outside of Atlanta, then moved to southern Maryland, and finally landed in the Kanawha Valley nine years ago.

She enjoys working out and baking cupcakes and prefers to spend any free time she might have after taking care of kids, housework, and errands reading outside, shopping or visiting with friends.

Bobbi Hatfield is a single mom to 15-year-old Alexandria and has been in a bi-racial relationship for eleven years. Her boyfriend, Brad, has two children, Shanna and Josh, whom she considers her own. She is a first grade teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with a specialization in grades 5-9 Social Studies and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Human Geography.

Heather Smith has been married to her husband, Josh, for twelve years. She has two sons, Landon and Liam. She has worked with children since she was 17 years old. As a photographer and owner of Heather Smith Photography, she captures priceless memories for families in the Kanawha Valley and beyond. She also blogs about her families adventures in homeschooling at Busy Boys Homeschool.

Sosha Lewis is a stay-at-home mom and writer in Charlotte, North Carolina. She writes about breaking the cycle of addiction while keeping a sense of humor in-tact at It's Not Sasha.

Sosha and her husband, Tony, have one daughter, Conley. Before having her daughter, Sosha was a corporate event planner for Grandbridge Real Estate and an editor for Business Wire. She is an avid reader and one of her favorite places in the world is a cold, dark movie theater. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and a Mountain Mama for life.

Nikki Goodson grew up in southern West Virginia in a large and close-knit family. She attended High Point University in North Carolina where she received a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she returned home to be close to her family and marry her high school sweetheart. She was a teacher and librarian for eight years in grades Pre-K-5. She also enjoys being an Independent Consultant for Scentsy, a company that offers a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles.

Carrie F. lives in Huntington, West Virginia with her husband and 17-year-old daughter and their three dogs. They spend a lot of time at sporting events, the park, and with her family on the Elk River. She loves crafting and making something out of nothing. Discarded items from nature and people from the past are her favorite forms of media. She also loves to paint. Some of her beautiful and functional pieces are available on Etsy.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Junk in the Trunk

Gorilla Costume or Jumper Cables?  Is Your Trunk Roadside Emergency Ready?
New State Farm® survey reveals drivers have junk in their trunk instead of essential supplies; men more prepared than women.
Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies. A new survey by
State Farm and KRC Research shows two-thirds of drivers (67 percent) had some sort of “junk” in their trunk ranging from car detailing equipment to toys and used food or drink containers.  Additionally, drivers shared a variety of strange “junk” items in their trunk including an old gorilla costume to an inflatable sheep to a wedding dress. Getting rid of the “junk” (non-emergency supplies) and adding the right supplies will help people deal with the unexpected and get back on the road.
Too much junk in the trunk.
Photo courtesy of State Farm.
When it comes to being prepared for roadside emergencies, men are more likely than women to have at least one of the essential supplies in their trunk according to the survey. Essentials include jumper cables (64 percent of men vs. 53 percent of women), a flashlight (62 percent of men vs. 48 percent of women), and a first aid kit (47 percent of men vs. 40 percent of women). Men are also more likely than females (81 percent to 53 percent, respectively) to check their vehicle’s emergency supplies.
Good trunk.
Photo courtesy of State Farm.
“Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. Whether it’s because of a flat tire, an empty fuel tank or treacherous conditions like ice or fog, it's important to be prepared,” said John Nepomuceno, auto safety research administrator from State Farm. “These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so you can safely get back on the road sooner.”
Who has the most “junk?”
The survey also revealed that parents (77 percent), younger (79 percent) and middle aged (73 percent) drivers were significantly more likely to have “junk” in their trunk, than non-parents (62 percent) and older drivers (58 percent), respectively.
Only five percent of drivers carry all recommended items
While nearly all drivers (96 percent) had at least one emergency item in their vehicle, such as a spare tire or jumper cables, a mere five percent carried all the emergency roadside equipment, including: jumper cables, spare tire, hazard triangle/road flares, flashlight, first aid kid, windshield scraper, water, non-perishable food and a blanket.
Drivers need to check emergency car supplies
Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) drivers with emergency supplies say they check that their supplies are working at least twice a year or more (the recommended frequency). Thirty-one percent of drivers say they only check once a year and 32 percent say they have never checked at all.
Trunk Essentials
State Farm encourages responsible driving every day of the year, and especially during cold weather months when inclement weather is more common. If driving conditions turn treacherous and leave you stranded, these emergency roadside items can help you stay safe until help arrives.
  • Hazard triangle (with reflectors) or road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Spare tire
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Cell phone and charger
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction
  • Brightly colored distress sign or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
  • Candle/matches, lighter, and/or flashlight
  • Tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for exterior work like a tire change
“Ensuring that the roadside emergency equipment in your vehicle works properly is often overlooked,” Nepomuceno says. “In fact, according to the State Farm survey, a majority of drivers with emergency car supplies are putting themselves at risk by failing to regularly check that their equipment is working properly. The only thing worse than getting a flat tire is finding out that your spare is also flat.”
For additional information and emergency roadside tips, visit

Article courtesy of State Farm.