Champ Camp for burn survivors returning to experience in person next week
Due to the pandemic, the camp was virtual last year, but that didn’t stop the Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation from giving campers an incredible experience.
In addition to the virtual gatherings, a “camp in a box” was sent home to campers.
This year’s in-person camp will begin on June 12 and safety protocols will be in place so campers can return.
“They can be kids all week, they are away from intimidating glances or they feel lonely,” McKenzie Dern explains. “They are surrounded by people who have been through similar situations and they just make these friendships for life.”
“When you see these kids grow up and gain self-confidence, it’s both pretty impressive and quite humbling,” says camp director Chris Bridger.
Since 1986, Champ Camp has provided a free, safe and fun summer camp environment for burn survivors ages 5 to 17.
It is the largest and one of the oldest camps in the country for burned children.
Over 2,000 campers have taken the program for free thanks to donations.
If you would like to donate, visit their website.
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