Summer Camp Oo-U-La

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We were thrilled to host several dozen burn survivors and siblings June 5-10!

It was special being back together at the Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way facility.

Camp 2022 Recap

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This tight knit group was fortunate to have beautiful weather, which greatly contributed to rebuilding this unique community of adolescent burn survivors.

Camp programming is designed to be “fun with a purpose” and our campers had a week of exciting activities including high-ropes, archery, ceramics classes, drumming circles, cooking, and horseback riding… each structured with focus on teaching life skills. Campers connected with new and old friends, created new memories, and were reminded the best part about camp is learning new things about themselves too! 

Thank you to our Super Volunteers! The success of camp is only made possible by an outstanding core of passionate volunteers, which included firefighters, hospital staff, and adult burn survivors, who were helpful in creating meaningful experiences for the campers. Additionally, several of our current volunteers are former campers themselves. It is rewarding to observe how motivated they are to “pay-it-forward” the support they received as children and see them thrive in their new camp roles.

We are grateful to the generous contributions of sponsors and donors whose financial support made this burn survivor program happen. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Opportunities to Grow

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Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation provides camp at no cost to burn­‐injured children and their sibling(s).

Eligible campers are Georgia residents age 7 to 17 who sustained a burn injury that required treatment or hospitalization at a burn center, or non­‐Georgia residents who were treated in a Georgia burn center, and their siblings. We partner with Camp Twin Lakes to host camp at their Will­‐A-Way facility in Winder, GA.

Camp offers burn-­injured children and their siblings opportunities to grow together in their recovery—both physical and emotional—and in their relationship with one another, all while experiencing the fun, friendships, and freedom that you can only find at camp!

Campers can bond and reconnect with siblings and friends while gliding down the swirling waterslide, fishing or paddling in the lakes, trying their hands at the pottery wheel or archery, roasting marshmallows, and so much more. Campers also have opportunities to connect with a support group of peers who have similar stories and similar scars—both seen and unseen—to learn ways to process, talk about, and cope with their challenges and feelings.

Though it may be easy to forget about what brings them to camp while having all this fun, campers truly have “fun with a purpose,” as we acknowledge, validate, and honor the experiences of children affected—directly and indirectly—by traumatic burn injuries.

Camper Exchange Program

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We are excited to continue our partnership with Camp B.U.C.K.O.(Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) in Ontario, Canada to facilitate an exchange program where campers have the opportunity to attend one another’s camp programs. For more information about our camper exchange program, please contact McKenzy Williams at mwilliams@gfbf.org.