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BURN CAMP

INTRODUCTION

No other IFSA program has received greater attention from the fire service, medical community, general public and the media than has the summer camp for burned children. Burn Camp provides the setting for burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self conscious about their scars. The benefits to the campers - physical, psychological, and emotional - have been enough to inspire a long list of eager volunteers and contributors.

Burn Camp is made possible through donations we receive from various fire departments, organizations, and the private sector. There is no cost to our burn survivor's families.

                                                        CAMP STAFF

The Burn Camp staff includes Camp Duncan counselors as well as doctors, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and fire service personnel who volunteer their time at camp. The qualified staff participates in an orientation which is designed to prepare them to deal with the special needs of burn survivors as well as to build a cohesive team. Burn Camp provides a ratio of one counselor for every two campers, this insures for the proper care and safety of the campers.

                                                       ELIGIBILITY

Burn Camp is open to children ages 8-16 who have experienced a burn injury requiring hospitalization. Enrollment is subject to medical approval.

ILLINOIS FIRE SAFETY ALLIANCE BURN CAMP

A special and unforgettable summer camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns is being offered by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.

Burn Camp provides the setting for burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self conscious about what others may be thinking of their scars. Burn Camp provides campers with some of the best friends they will ever make. After camp, the children will continue on with their own lives but it will be different - they will have new friends and realize that they are not the only one with a burn injury.

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ACTIVITIES

Camp activities will include row boating, sailing, canoeing, fishing, archery, nature, crafts, campouts, hiking and horse-back riding. An indoor Olympic size swimming pool insures swimming regardless of weather. A variety of special activities not found at a typical camp are offered at Burn Camp that deal with the specific needs of a burn survivor.