July 9 2013
NORTH VANCOUVER – The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund kicks off Burn Camp this Sunday, there July 14th, 2013 with 75 burn injured children, over 66 volunteer counselors and support staff who will all be heading up to beautiful Camp Latona on Gambier Island for a week of fun. Campers and their counselors participate in group activities such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, a skit night, and arts & crafts. They also receive valuable one-on-one support from counselors and other burn survivors.
The camp provides young burn survivors with an opportunity to share experiences with their peers. Doctors, nurses, medical therapists, adult burn survivors and professional fire fighters donate their time as counselors.
This 20th year of camp is proudly hosted by the North Vancouver District Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1183. The Burn Camp was started, in 1993, by Peter Hansen, a N.V. District Fire Fighter and Norm McLeod, a West Vancouver Fire Fighter. These fire fighters, who were also Directors on the Burn Fund Board, saw the importance of having such a camp and worked with the Burn Fund to establish it.
The camp is free for young burn survivors to attend. The Burn Fund, with the support of donors and sponsors, covers the camper’s travel and accommodation, and the cost of coordinating and operating the camp. The cost for each camper to attend is approximately $2,900.
The Burn Fund supports lifesaving medical care, assists survivors and prevents future tragedy thanks to generous donations from the community. Please help with a gift today.