Burn survivors from across North America next week will attend the 16th International Burn Camp, an annual event organized by International Association of Fire Fighters’ (IAFF) Foundation that helps teenagers cope with their life-changing injuries.
“Burns can leave scars that never heal and emotional wounds that no medical care can repair. The Burn Camp helps teenage burn survivors cope with their trauma by allowing them to spend time in a supportive atmosphere rooted in their shared experience,” said Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President and Chair of the IAFF Foundation.
Each year, the Burn Foundation selects young burn survivors, ages 13-15, and a professional firefighter or camp counselor from regional burn camps across the United States and Canada to attend the week-long camp in the Nation’s Capital.
“Firefighters bear witness every day to the trauma caused by burns, and they know that healing takes time. That’s why the IAFF Foundation is committed to providing this therapeutic experience for burn survivors each year,” Schaitberger said.
Campers will have an afternoon of recreation and spend time with fire fighters at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland, 30 miles east of Washington, DC, on Wednesday, September 28, from 3-6 p.m.